theEweekly wrap: Stephen Fry, Facebook mobile, and al-Qaida videos
|Bye bye Fry||Twitter wit Stephen Fry apparently quit the social media site in protest this week after 6,977 tweets. When the microblogging star was misquoted in an interview with Attitude magazine about female sexuality, he claimed he was being portrayed as the “antichrist”. His final tweet on October 31st simply said “Bye bye”, leaving the bio ‘no longer in service’.
Unsurprisingly, campaigns to reinstate him have already taken off. There is a Twitition to bring him back, created by GoldenTwits, who have nominated Fry for Best Celebrity Twitter for the second year running. Meanwhile, the probably-fake Mrs Stephen Fry has used Twitter and the Guardian to defend her husband, stating: “My Stephen is not the Antichrist – he’s a very nice boy!”.
|Placebook||Social network Facebook has announced several changes to its mobile services. Search Engine Land reports the most significant of these is the introduction of Deals. Currently only available in the US, this scheme rewards Facebook mobile users who ‘check in’ to specified locations. The list currently includes companies such as Starbucks, McDonalds and Gap, all hoping to profit from the average person’s love of freebies.
Other changes include one-click sign-in, access to Groups, and upgrades to the iPhone and Android apps. The small print also reveals that the Facebook Places local data and activity stream will be made available to third parties, such as developers and mobile marketers.
|Terror TV||YouTube has been asked by the British Government to remove hundreds of videos inciting violence by the British government. When 21-year-old student Roshonara Choudhry was convicted of attempting to murder Stephen Timms MP, the court heard how watching YouTube footage of extremist Islamic preachers was instrumental in her decision.
The videos included sermons by Anwar al-Awlaki, who is currently wanted in the US in connection with several bomb plots. The Yemen-based preacher had over 5,000 clips on YouTube. Security minister Baroness Neville-Jones has asked the White House to intervene and remove the videos, as they could “incite cold-blooded murder”.
|Wales loses domain battle||The campaign to create a Welsh domain went back to the drawing board this week, when its intended .cym name was allocated to the Cayman Islands instead. The group responsible for the campaign, dotcym, was formed in 2006. It has since attracted support from the Welsh Assembly, Welsh businesses and organisations, and Facebook users.
The .cym domain, short for Cymru, was intended to help identify and promote Welsh language websites. Now it is no longer available, the dotcym organisation is suggesting new ideas to its supporters, among them .cymru, .wales, and .cwl – short for Cymru Wales. The new name will be submitted to the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in 2011, but the BBC suggested that Wales will not be a top priority, as it is not recognised by the United Nations.