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Is Anonymous vetting presidential candidates?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

The group called Anonymous Hispano, the Spanish-speaking branch of the famous hacker collective, issued a statement a few weeks ago announcing that, despite their efforts, they “could not find any evidence of corruption” to incriminate the Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador.  The group prefaced their message by clarifying that they “do not have any partisan agenda and do not support any one” of the candidates. The message ended with an invitation to send them evidence of corruption. In a follow up tweet, they invited the public to submit evidence of corruption of any of the other candidates, suggesting specific hashtags for each of them.


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Cross-cultural Differences in Twitter Syntax

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

I have been reading a lot of Tweets in Spanish lately. One thing that I find particularly interesting is how a lot of people use a different retweeting syntax is. For example, a lot of retweets look like this:

"@JohnSmith: original message" // commentary

I wonder if this is linked to the type of client early adopters used. I also see this among Mexican celebrities, so maybe this is something that they started and it spread from there. I wonder how many different ways of using Twitter or other social technologies there are that we are not even aware of.