Our last blog of the month isn’t about the iPhone – shocker! The amount of content we churn out about Apple means we reckon they should at least send a fruit basket or an old iPad our way, but perhaps they took offence at us siding with the late Steve Jobs on the subject of an iPad Mini (i.e. no thanks!)
Anyway, we’ve all got Olympic fever. Our SEO girl keeps crying at the Olympic gymnastics and explaining between sobs, in long and specific detail, exactly what every flippy thing is, why the Chinese always link their beam moves and what an “Arabian” is (it seemed like the commentator kept saying it, and it turns out it’s nothing rude!) But, again, we’re digressing!
Who missed Tom Daley and his partner, Pete Waterfield, in the 10M men’s synchronised diving final because they were learning Judo rules on their old Kindle? (Judo is the most insanely scored sport in the world!) They put up a great fight and embodied that Olympic idea that you have to be spot on with your performance that day in order to win. Forth place left them just shy of a medal, but the kid’s had a tough year (his father/manager died from brain cancer) and all Britain was behind the pair regardless.
Fast forward a couple of hours and @TomDaley1994 received a rather cruel taunt from a Twitter user,
“You let your dad down i hope you know that.” (sic)
Now, aside from the fact the user is just being a bit of a p***k to a kid who is clearly dedicated to his sport, hardworking and in a very sensitive place emotionally, what should the official line be? It’s since been announced that police have arrested the Twitter user under suspicion of Malicious Communication.
Is that right?
Twitter is already facing a backlash over suspending the account of a journalist who criticised NBC’c coverage of the games. Twitter formed a partnership with NBC before the games, and the journalist in question, Guy Adams, says he was penalised by the social network because of their relationship with NBC and his negative comments against them. You can read this great article about it from the BBC.
The question of free speech on the internet isn’t simple for most people. Bullying is unpleasant but not illegal, so can being a bit of an idiot on Twitter really become a police issue?
We love Twitter and enjoy a healthy splattering of followers around the globe, but then again, we only tend to post about old iPads, Kindle trade ins and how folks doing the whole sell for cash thing in the UK can find the best deals!