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ultimate machine twitter

Ultimate Tweet. Needs Password to resume.
 
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Claude Shannon created a device called the 'Ultimate Machine' : which wikipedia describes as follows

// [a box with] a single switch on its side. When the switch was flipped, the lid of the box opened and a mechanical hand reached out, flipped off the switch, then retracted back inside the box. //

To ensure our the various news agencies get the chance of actually reporting important events happening in the real world from time to time ; I propose that the Social Media facility known as 'Twitter' be modified to resemble such an 'Ultimate Machine'.

This is how it works:

1. Any Twitter user can tweet a 'command' of the following format:

'off <time-in-days> <password>'.

2. Once such a tweet is received, the Twitter website will close-off all twitter feeds - replacing with a message "Twitter Suspended for x days"

3. The optional '<password>' argument is required to be an ASCII Armoured PGP-encrypted password.

4. If a command 'on <password>' tweet is received (from any tweeter) where '<password>' is the plain-text version of the previously given encrypted password - Twitter should switch back on.

5. If no command that meets the requirements is received within the 'time-in-days' argument, then the service should automatically resume in that time period.

6. If subsequent 'off' commands are received (even if the service is in the suspended state), then the 'resume date' should be updated and the new password would then be required. One caveat : (to employ some sense of fair-play: the original 'off' command can only be over-ridden by a different tweeter).

monojohnny, Jan 22 2014

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       trying to make sense of this ... coffee helping ... nope.   

       I don't get where the password comes from. Someone has it. Guesses it? But holds hostage everyone who wants to use Twitter to keep us posted on their body modifications and bowel habits.   

       But the best thing about this idea is the appearance of monojohnny's, whose trove of ideas contains some gems.
bungston, Jan 22 2014
  

       Aside from the question of who has/gets the password and how.... how would this not simply result in Twitter being shut down indefinitely? Which leads to the question: WHY?
awesomest, Jan 22 2014
  

       //how would this not simply result in Twitter being shut down indefinitely? Which leads to the question: WHY?//   

       how would this not simply result in Twitter being shut down indefinitely? Which leads to the question: WHY NOT?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 22 2014
  
      
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