Updated 12/12/2010: Support added for tweeting files in Base64 encoded and plain text methods!
The F.A.T. Lab crew have begun the Twitter seeding – with movies, images, code, and other items of copyright or intellectual property. We’ve started with code, music, and movies… but we need your help to seed more files to Twitter!
So why is filesharing on Twitter important to FAT Lab? Governments and private organizations continue to lock down legitimate file sharing through raids, law suits, and “consumer protection” laws & treaties. And while larger file sharing arenas are targeted, many forget file sharing has existed across many different mediums for decades. Early filesharing beginning with Usenet groups, where the binary data was converted to text characters and reprocessed for download. Facsimile machines follow a similar method of dissemination of binary data. And even ham radio used teletype to transmit photos across long distances by converting photos to ASCII before transmission.
If Twitter is today’s Usenet and Usenet was used for file sharing years ago, why shouldn’t Twitter be utilized today for file sharing?
Of course, the entire hoax needs a little software to track the movement. Detailed instructions on creating the map* can be found at github.com/gleuch/gcar-tracker.
(*Some computer skillz required.)
As Twitter releases its official support for retweets, we’ve decided to
hack help them test out their new system by increasing the volume of retweets. Retweet Game applies retweeting into a game, with the winners receiving hundreds of new retweets and followers.
Retweet Game exploits the user’s desires for Twitter popularity and reach with a unassuming and forgettable interface while thrusting users’ common conversations into the upper bounds of Twitter famousness. Users to gamble their time and tweets for a chance to win a retweet round. Perfect loosing your *real* Twitter friends.
Of course, you can always increase your odds with a donation to F.A.T. :D
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