Thirteen years ago, in February 2008 I joined Twitter. Since then, Twitter tells me that I have amassed around 55k tweets. If everyone of them was 140 characters (the original Twitter character limit of course), that would be 7.7m characters.
With so much information at our fingertips, it’s easy to believe that the internet has everything on it. Well almost everything. You won’t find out how many pairs of socks are in my drawer. But near enough everything you’d want to know. So when you discover a gap in the collective knowledge of the internet, it feels rather strange.
I've never counted up the spam vs proper comment ratio for my site but it's easily going to be a couple of hundred spam comments for every genuine one, especially as I've never had huge numbers of comments here for whatever reason.
Yesterday I sat at home reading through the results of Twitter searches for #collierswood and 'Colliers Wood' trying to the gauge reaction from the highly organised looting of our nearby shopping centres. Amongst the many tweets of reaction and photos were statements that it was all kicking off again. They'd struck the Tandem Centre again; people were fleeing Sainsburys in panic; hoodies were hanging round the tube station carrying golf clubs. Staples at South Wimbledon was on fire. Police sirens were going off everywhere as they couldn't cope.