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Nate Ferraro runs CapsCop, a program set to hunt down the over-usage of caps lock.

Photo from NY Times

This story I read in the NY Times encompasses many of the concepts that were discussed previously in class.

A small group of indivdials have formed this subculture that scowers Twitter for poor grammar and improper Twetiquette. These people build there own search algorithms to find people who violate their code. The article talks about Nate Fanaro, a computer programmer from Buffalo, who runs CapsCop and wrote a program that finds people who tweet in all caps. Once these Twitter criminals are found, the program sends the user a snarky response like, “This isn’t MySpace so maybe you should turn your caps lock off. ”What’s their goal? To improve Internet etiquette across the Web.

This movement exemplifies many of the concepts we’ve discussed in class. These individuals have formed their own user-generated “gatekeeper.” They act as their own as filters, determining what should go on the Internet and what shouldn’t. This is Web 2.0 at its finest. All the power is in the hands of the consumers.

I think these gatekeepers have the right mind set. They have good intentions, and do not act in censorship content-wise. They simply want to see LESS OF THIS and more of this. Few people would argue against reducing the amount of senseless caps lock writings on the Internet. If a person I was following tweeted in caps lock they would be off my following list.


Written by Ryan Rivard

May 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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