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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

twitter and last.fm

Both twitter and last.fm are presently blocked in the UAE--neither website offers adult content.

A brief description of twitter from wikipedia...
"Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (e.g. on a cell phone), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook."


A brief description of last.fm from wikipedia...
"Using a music recommendation system known as "Audioscrobbler," Last.fm builds a detailed profile of each user's musical taste by recording details of all the songs the user listens to, either on the streamed radio stations or on the user's computer or portable music device. This information is transferred to Last.fm's database ("scrobbled") via a plugin installed into the user's music player. The profile data is displayed on a personal web page. The site offers numerous social networking features and can recommend and play artists similar to the user's favourites."


Do either of these sites sound offensive in any way?

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Blogger sushiwowsaid...

i called etisalat 2x requesting to unblock last.fm but i got the same response: last.fm have listed itself as a dating network. i think entertainment in the middle east is limited and that makes me sick most of the time. you can't find indie movies, records stores are less than a few - if there is they don't sell indie labels and sorts, everything and everyone seems RnB. and i can't express myself.

I'm an expat and i have indie bands and i find people who appreciate my kind of music around the world, one way is through last.fm.

blocking sites really adds up to my loneliness living and working here. i don't wish to stay in this country more than i can finish my contract.

9:48 PM 
Blogger Marvinsaid...

To answer your closing question: no! But apparently, etisalat thinks they were. In the case of twitter, I personally think that it will never going to be unblocked (but here's still hoping that it will be) because it can potentially cripple, if not kill, etisalat's own business! Imagine people relying mostly on tweets instead of sending SMS? The idea is far-fetched but do you really think etisalat sees twitter as a "dating" site? No! They see it as a competitor even in a relatively small market (I mean people might as well call than text here in Dubai unlike in my country, the Philippines - number 1 text capital in the world, baby!). So I guess twitter, along with Skype (two potential dealbreakers for etisalat) will never see the light here in the Dubai ever again. Match stupidity and a penchant of blocking everything that can make people live a little more enjoyable in Dubai and this is what you get!

5:16 AM 
Blogger sushiwowsaid...

hey marvin, im also from manila. i can now access last.fm, flickr and other blocked sites. but i wont post it here..hehe...

7:15 PM 

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