A report commissioned by Trend Micro names New Zealand as one of the top ten countries for Twitter spam attacks.
The research was carried out by academics from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. They looked at 500 million tweets and found roughly six percent of tweets with URLs are malicious or otherwise abuse the service.
Before anyone panics it’s worth pointing out New Zealand only accounts for one percent of clicks on spam tweets. That’s a long way behind the USA which makes up 66 percent of the total.
It’s also worth noting New Zealand doesn’t register in the top ten countries on any of the other four categories listed in the research.
Even so, the report is a timely reminder that Twitter and other social media services are regularly used by scam artists.
The Atlantic magazine thinks Twitter is in terminal decline.
It could be right. However, despite falling use and missed financial targets there’s still plenty of life in the terse online chatter service.
Twitter’s problem is turning hundreds of millions of users and billions of tweets into money and profit.
There’s no easy way to do this. Any attempt to insert more intrusive advertising or other money generating clutter into people’s Twitter feeds will only turn more people off.
And as for charging customers to use Twitter? You have to be joking. It would drop out of sight over night.
The simple truth is there isn’t a business model to make Twitter a viable stand-alone operation. All of them kill the service’s strengths and diminish its value to users.
It could be a good fit with other media services. Maybe. But then traditional media companies are not awash with lazy capital looking for a new home.
Twitter may not be dead , but it is in a dead-end.
Vocus Communications says Vocus Cloud Connect gives New Zealand businesses a secure, dedicated connection to Amazon Web Services in Sydney. The business-class service launched Thursday. It is pitched as an alternative to the public internet where Vocus says: “performance can often be slow, erratic and unpredictable.”
That, says Vocus CEO James Spenceley affects productivity, performance and staff morale. “Potentially offsetting any financial advantage expected when moving applications to the cloud”, he says.
The private fibre network scales with speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 10 Gbps. Customers can choose either a dedicated physical port or a virtual port. There’s also a burstable service. This allows customers to burst above their committed speed as needed.
- Wellington IT consultancy OptimalBI is one of a handful of IT consultancies to make it onto the Regional Deloitte Fast 50 index. Other technology companies to make the index include Auckland’s Snakk Media, Eroad and Unleashed Software. Cloud services provider LayerX is from the Central North Island, while GreenButton and Rocket Jump also represent Wellington. Canterbury has three tech companies on the index: Intranel, Trineo and Mars Bioimaging while Timely and Bookme represent the lower South Island.
- Get ready for a media storm. Social media service Twitter is going for an IPO, some say it could be worth north of US$10 billion. The IPO is expected to happen early next year and will be closely followed – possibly as much as when Facebook went public.