Yesterday morning, Facebook reported “network issues related to an apparent distributed denial-of-service attack”. Twitter was attacked more seriously being down for several hours. Youtube, Blogger and Livejournal.com were also affected on the same day.
The attack was apparently launched from the Abkhazia region, the region subject to disputes between Russia and Georgia for the past years. According to the Telegraph, a pro-Georgian blogger named Cyxymu was attacked by Russians.
Social medias are down
The DDoS attack led to massive media coverage but also to many facebookers and twitterers stuck to not knowing what to do with themselves for a never-ending several hours. Does that mean Russians want companies to being more productive on a given Thursday morning? I doubt it.
Global political perspective
Cloud computing is being questioned as a result and companies which rely on social networks will again, reconsider their choices. If the lesson to learn is not that Russians want us more productive, it certainly can be that global political instability does impact more people as the world gets more interconnected. It does not sound right to say that the Georgian conflict has brought down some of the most popular and used communication platforms in the world.
Recent news events have pushed the popularity and the limits of some networks. In a post I made recently, I mentioned how internet is helping democracy. The reality is that internet puts social pressure on whatever we’re looking at. Yesterday it was Iran elections, today it’s Michael Jackson.
Iran banned Facebook before elections
Right before elections, the Iranian government knew their control would be tested and that social networks would create instant journalists all over the country. That’s why banned Facebook before the votes. Pointless efforts.
Twitter exploded after Iran elections
Nonetheless, “fonctionnaires”, i.e. government workers, are as good as they can be when it comes to understanding new technologies. They probably tried and failed at shutting down Twitter but the result of not having done it was impressive. Twitter has since been overloaded with #iranelection posts and its general popularity is soaring. The coverage has been massive and even though it’s not changing the actual conflict, foreigners can at least better understand what’s happening over there.
Micheal Jackson died and became more popular than #iranelection
Now in the midst of the Iran elections aftermath, the king of pop dies unexpectedly at age 50. No one saw that coming. Especially not Google who even thought they were being attacked. In a split second, #iranelection lost its leadership position in Twitter’s trending topics and even a week after his death, Michael Jackson still ranks better that #iranelection.
Could it be Ahmadinejad who killed the King of Pop?
I really appreciated Michael Jackson’s music and I have immense respect for his career. I however find it revealing to see how a general popular event can eclipse a social and political growing phenomenon. I guess it shows both sides of the medal, when it comes to the power we have in choosing the information we consume.
Le Devoir rapporte aujourd’hui à quel point les médias sociaux sont présents dans l’après-élection en Iran. Les citoyens se ruent sur Facebook, Twitter et Friendfeed pour envoyer des photos et informations au sujet des derniers développements. De son côté, le gouvernement iranien actuel d’Ahmadinejad tente de filtrer tous ces sites.
La démocratie et le pouvoir du peuple ne fait que grandir avec l’avancement techno
Rassemblement en Iran
logique et cet évènement n’est qu’un exemple de plus qui le démontre. Les gouvernements mondiaux tels celui de la Chine et de l’Iran actuel peuvent tenter de contrôler la population en collaborant avec les compagnies nationales de télécommunications, avec les fournisseurs importants de contenu, avec les engins de recherche mais ils ne font que s’embourber et perdre la face. La même tentative de contrôle étant beaucoup plus facile il y a 50 ans. Le même rassemblement social et échange d’idées était parallèlement tout aussi difficile à ce moment.
Le message : il faut s’adapter rapidement, utiliser et profiter de ces media. Ils nous offrent tellement de possibilités d’échange d’idées.
Tweet for god’s sake!