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@nanofoo received the following tweet from @hnycombinator on 2012.10.27. is for sale

It would be fun to own domain name.

[28 October 2012, top]

@nanofoo Has Been Tweeting For Five Years

The following was my Facebook status update on 19 October 2012.

I've had Twitter on my mind lately and I had three Twitter moments yesterday: (1) It was the 5th anniversary of @nanofoo's 1st tweet (4463 tweets & counting). (2) I started creating a "Learning About Twitter in 140 Tweets" primer (five tweets done & 135 tweets to go). (3) I decided that someday I'm going to create a video titled "Why I Like Twitter in 140 Seconds".

[19 October 2012, top]

Sputnik Launced 55 Years Ago on 4 October 1957

@nanofoo tweeted the following tweet on 4 October 2011.
   #Internet is born? #Sputnik "Oct. 4, 1957: Soviets Put Man-Made 
   Moon in Orbit!" via @Wired
[04 October 2012, top]

Internet Addiction a Form of Mental Illness

I don't know anything and that's why I'm stuck still having to work for a living at the age of 55; however, I consider this bullshit. addiction soon to be classified as a mental illness

[03 October 2012, top]

Facebook is Banned in China, Yet It's Popular

I didn't know Facebook was banned in China. 63.5 million is approximately 20% of the U.S. population. has 63.5M users in China despite ban

[28 September 2012, top]

Google Hits 14 Years Young

Google hit 14 years of age on 27 September 2012.

[27 September 2012, top]

The Power of Twitter

@nanofoo received the following tweet from @indytech on 2012.09.26.
   When it comes to followers it's quality not quantity says 
   co-founder of Twitter

For me the power of Twitter is in whom I follow. It would be great fun to have a bunch of great followers who actually follow.

[Extra] Yesterday (9/25/2012), Neil Young started tweeting. I started following him when his tweet count was at two.

[26 September 2012, top] Renewed For Another Year

The dot-name TLD didn't seen to catch on; nonetheless, I renewed the domain for another year. was created on 4 September 2003 and it now expires on 4 September 2013.

[04 September 2012, top]

Happy 43rd Birthday To the Internet?

Is today the Internet's birthday? If it is, then happy 43rd birthday to the Internet. Regardless, I'll probably repeat this posting on October 29th.

GDT::Computing::Bit::Happy Birthday To the Internet?

[02 September 2012, top]

Twitter Moment: @BarackObama vs. @KimKardashian

Remembering a Twitter moment... @nanofoo tweeted the following on 18 July 2011.
   Twitter moment... I decided to "follow" @BarackObama on Twitter. 
   After clicking the "Follow" button, Twitter said that I might 
   also "want to follow @KimKardashian". counter values on 3 August 2012.

   Twitter Name    #Tweets   #Following     #Followers
   @BarackObama     5,084      674,794      18,155,871
   @KimKardashian  12,344          169      15,622,694
[03 August 2012, top]

What Will the Internet Be Like in 2017?

I have no idea what the Internet will "look like" in the year 2107. Will the Internet Look Like in 5 Years?

[28 July 2012, top]

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Tweeting From the Olympics

Sir Tim Berners-Lee tweeted from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Begin embedded tweet...

End embedded tweet.

I'm not surprised that most junior college students I encounter don't know Sir Tim Berners-Lee. I am, however, a bit surprised that most of them were able to graduate high school without ever learning the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web. My hope is that education reformers will eventually make computing a key part of the K-12 (P-20) core curriculum.

[28 July 2012, top]

Wikipedia Losing Volunteer Editors

I've only made a handful of edits to the Wikipedia.
   "The procedures [for editing] can be off-putting to newcomers. 
    A lot of [the framework rules] are there for a reason, but a 
    lot of it is hard and complicated for no apparent reason."
    -- Jimmie Wales Founder Worries About Future of Editorial Community

[13 July 2012, top]

Dot-gif Turned 25 Years of Age on 15 June 2012

The dot-gif turned 25 years of age on 15 June 2012.

Twitter Tweet...

The animated history of the GIF: via @dailydot
[15 June 2012, top]

My First Embedded Tweet

The following is an embedded tweet that announced the use of my first embedded tweet. Note: The embedded tweet is 140 characters in length. [03 June 2012, top]

@compufoo #InternetObserver Tweets

The following are some of the more recent Internet observations tweeted by @nanocompufoo.
   RT @Slashdot German Cable ISP First To Deliver 4700Mbps 
   Internet Connection
   01 June 2012

   Headline seen on the front page of today's (5/31) Arizona Republic: 
   "U.S. broadening cyberwar strategy" #DigitalBattlefields #CyberWarfare
   31 May 2012

   RT @hblodget Another excellent Mary Meeker deck on the state of the 
   30 May 2012
   Pew Internet: Broadband | Pew Research Center's 
   Internet & American Life Project:
   25 May 2012

   The US cracked Al-Qaeda websites. RT @slashdot US State Department 
   Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen
   25 May 2012

   #computing $GOOG RT @Slashdot Google Chrome Becomes World's 
   No. 1 Browser
   22 May 2012

   Happy birthday Ethernet via @pingdom
   22 May 2012

   RT @verge YouTube users now uploading 72 hours of video per minute
   21 May 2012

The following is the first time I ever used an embedded tweet.

[03 June 2012, top]

The Non-Observering Internet Observer

I'm starting to think the Internet Observer should be renamed the Internet Non-Observer. The last Internet Observer posting was on 21 March 2012 when Twitter turned six. I've been doing a lot of Internet observing since 21 March 2012, but they are not getting posted to the Internet Observer.

The Internet Observer, which was started in 01998, is too young to die.

[03 June 2012, top]

Twitter Turns Six

Six years ago today (i.e. on 21 March 02006), Jack Dorsey (@jack) sent the first Twitter Tweet.

On 21 March 02012, the @twitter Twitter account had 1,285 tweets, was following 888 other Twitter users, and had 8,690,854 followers. As of 6:18am MST on 21 March 02012, @twitter had not tweeted about Twitter turning six years young. First Tweet?

[21 March 2012, top]

Who is V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai?

I did not know V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai until I read this. Shiva Ayyadurai: Inventor of e-mail honored by Smithsonian

[02 March 2012, top]

Twitter To Hit 500 Million Registered Users

<tweet> The forecast is for Twitter to reach 500 million registered users today (02/22/02012). </tweet> [22 February 2012, top] Created 7 Years Ago

YouTube turns 7? whois-search says was created on 2/14/2005. {}

On 15 February 2012, Alexa's ranking of the top 500 sites on the web showed #1, #2, #3 and #4.

MathBabbler came across this on 23 January 2012.

   "YouTube, Google Inc's video website, is streaming 4 billion 
    online videos every day, a 25 percent increase in the past 
    eight months, according to the company." -- source: Reuters
[15 February 2012, top]

Facebook Turns 8?

@nanofoo received the following tweet from @Newseum on 2012.02.04.
   This Day in News History: Mark Zuckerberg launched "" 
   on Feb. 4, 2004 from his dorm room at Harvard.
[04 February 2012, top]

Who is Jeff Bezos?

I might query my CS class to see how many students know who Jeff Bezos is. Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think

[04 February 2012, top]

Facebook is Going Public

I'll take a peek at Facebook's IPO filing, but just a peek. Nutshell: Facebook is making money and hundreds of its employees will probably end 02012 as millionaires. the S-1 starts with: 845M monthly active users; 2.7B Likes & Comments per day; 250M photo uploads per day; 100B "friendships." Statement on Form S-1

I can read most people's signatures, but Mark Zuckerberg's would have me stumped...

[02 February 2012, top]

I am a Blogger

I've been blogging since the fall of 1997 and I agree with much of of the following: Every Professional Should Consider Blogging

I strongly agree with #3 ("blogging can provide you with a repository for your knowledge"), but #6 ("blogging can provide you with a second income") has never been true for me. I've also thought that #10 ("blogging can help you reach and teach a wide audience") should be true, but I have not been able to make it work.

[30 January 2012, top]

English Wikipedia Shutdown To Protest SOPA

Google's logo on 18 January 2012...

O'Reilly went black on 18 January 2012 to protest SOPA and PIPA...

[18 January 2012, top]

The Wikipedia Hits 11; Happy Wikipedia Day

I am not a Wikipedian, but I am a Wikipedia user and supporter. Happy 11th Wikipedia Day. {} [15 January 2012, top]

O'Reilly and Newmark On SOPA

Complicated legal topics are beyond my processing capabilities and I find SOPA complicated. Tim O'Reilly has been "spreading the knowledge of innovators" since 01978 and I am following his lead... thoughts on SOPA, and why Congress shouldn't listen to lobbyists

Hear, hear! "If Congress isn't knowledgeable enough to make that determination, they need to be consulting independent experts, not lobbyists for one side or the other." -- Tim O'Reilly

Craig Newmark is another one of those "white hat" guys that I like to follow. "SOPA and PIPA have tremendous lobbying dollars behind them..." -- Craig Newmark in

[14 January 2012, top]

Here Come New Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is accepting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).


   "In the 1980s, seven gTLDs (.com, .edu, .gov, .int, .mil, .net, 
    and .org) were created. Domain names may be registered in three 
    of these (.com, .net, and .org) without restriction; the other 
    four have limited purposes."

13 more gTLDs were added between 2001 and 2003.

   "Four of the new TLDs (.biz, .info, .name, and .pro) are unsponsored. 
    The other three new TLDs (.aero, .coop, and .museum) are sponsored. 
    In 2003, ICANN initiated a process that resulted in the introduction 
    of six new TLDs (.asia, .cat, .jobs, .mobi, .tel and .travel) that 
    are sponsored."

The dot-xxx gTLD came along in 2011. You Need To Know About The New Top Level Domains

[13 January 2012, top]

Is Access To the Internet a Human Right?

Vinton Cerf is one of my E.F. Huttons (he's a member of the GDT::DreamTeam). In 02002, Cerf published RFC 3271 titled "The Internet is for Everyone" in which he wrote: "Internet is for everyone - even Martians!" For the most part I agree with Cerf that "technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself." Access Is Not a Human Right 3271: The Internet is for Everyone

Not everyone agrees with Cerf. Internet is a Human Right! Vinton G. Cerf is Mistaken

[07 January 2012, top]

About the Internet Observer

The Internet Observer is a blog about the Internet. It is updated on a random basis and covers a wide array of Internet topics such as privacy, security, browser usage, server usage, domain name speculation, e-commerce and so on. The following blurb is about the Internet Observer.

Because of the Internet is constantly evolving this blog could be updated continuously. The primary objective of the Internet Observer is to learn about Internet. The blog tries to open our eyes to just how powerful the Internet is and to help us realize that the Internet is here to stay. We are becoming a "networked" society and if you use the Internet, then you are a member of the cyber-community. If users of the Internet are Internet-literate, then the Internet will be a better place for all of us to work, live and play.

The Internet Observer was started August of 1998 and on 1 January 2012 it contained 697 postings. Reviewing archived Internet Observer postings provides one man's (i.e. Thurman's) history of the Internet.

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[01 January 2012, top]

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