For You Tweeters

And for anyone else who wants a better understanding of twitter here’s a Twitter Whore:

Every month or so I get tempted by the twitter thing but after following a few folks for a while have found little keep me hooked as either a follower or a tweeter. On the other hand, there have been some interesting applications of the technology. It seems that you would want encrypted tweets so that, say, the police couldn’t make easy use of the tool to follow you. Does anyone know if you can do this?

Via Black Death Monkey.

Why Is That Video Missing?

I bet you’ve clicked on a YouTube video more than once and been disappointed when the No Longer Available message popped up.
To relieve your frustration just a little bit you can now find out why it is missing:

When YouTube videos are removed by the site’s administrators—in many cases the pulled videos allegedly violate copyright—they vanish without a trace. YouTube officials erase all data about such videos, including the title, author, and how many times the video had been viewed.
A new Web site by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is preserving information about removed videos, and analyzing what kinds of clips are taken down.

Sorry, YouTomb does not archive the missing videos.
At the time of this posting YouTomb statistics are:

YouTomb is currently monitoring 224618 videos, and has identified 4482 videos taken down for alleged copyright violation and 13783 videos taken down for other reasons.