IBM announced recently it’s tweaking its business model to focus on cloud-based services with the help of data and analytics. To get the ball rolling, they entered a partnership with Twitter to access Twitter’s entire database in the same way the social media company did for MIT just weeks ago. All tweets starting with the very first one in 2006 to the present and in the future will be included. Not long after Twitter’s announcement about MIT, it came out that the National Science Foundation is doing surveillance of Twitter to monitor how political speech is spread.
Many economic analysts were wondering recently how Twitter would become a profitable company given that it isn’t as focused on ad revenue as Facebook is. Well, here’s their answer. They’re selling out their subscribers. This could either be a very thoughtful, smart business move for IBM and Twitter or it could be a mission creep move laying the foundation for the future thought police.
IBM plans to store all this data in their cloud and in their computer Watson, the one that was featured on game show Jeopardy, for data mining on behalf of their clients to establish profiles for customers of their clients so they can make changes based on what the customer tweets and, no doubt, to ultimately predict their behavior. When social media websites make moves like this, is it any wonder that they eventually level off on gaining new subscribers?
Just as a side note, IBM is up to its eyeballs in the Bilderberg Group. These types of cronies own 80%+ of the world’s wealth and still want control of middle class wealth and the little that the lower classes own. And when the middle and lower classes come up with ideas like crowdfunding, they try to put a leash on that with proposed regulations from both the U.S. and the E.U. nations. Control freaks and criminals have basically nixed the days when surfing the Internet used to be for honestly sharing ideas and fun. Now it seems the majority of it is for sinister ulterior motives. All of this brings to mind the 1980s song “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics in this video with its very poignant lyrics:
God created us as beings who love to share what we think or know, and now it seems it’s being used against us. We are quickly approaching the days the prophet Micah spoke of in the following passage, with my notes in brackets:
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. [in this case with the Internet]
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly [when they type out their computer code and push it out], the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up. [in hyperlinks, cookies, spyware, and online ads]
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend [including social media ones], put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. Micah 7
Sources: Joe Wright, Social Media Surveillance Expands as IBM Taps Twitter, Activist Post, October 30, 2014.
Harry A. Gaylord