I wonder if the Twitter founders saw this coming?

Everybody who ever logged on to a BBS back in the day knows all about flame wars. Hell, for a while they were a fad. Actually old news by the times SimpleMachines-style fora became popular.

So the Twitter founders, having designed a format virtually designed to encourage flame wars, had to know that there would be lots. Right?

But I wonder if they anticipated their platform becoming so ubiquitous it supported the first shots of an actual war?

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also warned Tehran.

“Iranian interventions in the region are detrimental to the security of neighbouring countries and affect international peace and security. We will not allow any infringement on our national security,” Jubeir tweeted.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif issued dismissive tweets over the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in response.

“KSA bombs Yemen to smithereens, killing 1000s of innocents including babies, spreads cholera and famine, but of course blames Iran,” he wrote.

“KSA is engaged in wars of aggression, regional bullying, destabilising behaviour & risky provocations. It blames Iran for the consequences.”

Saudi and Iran have been fighting a proxy war in Yemen for years. I guess over the weekend that war splashed over to the wrong side of the Saudi border – right in the middle of a big internal putsch, no less – and the Saudis didn’t like it.

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6 Responses to I wonder if the Twitter founders saw this coming?

  1. Ben says:

    I will be happily surprised if we go four years without Trump touching off a war via Twitter..

  2. billf says:

    Joel,I wondered that same thing. It’s amusing to see how Twitter has become such a tool for heads of state and international leaders of religions. But even stranger,that an Iranian diplomat (if there is such a thing) would use the word “smithereens” like a Bugs Bunney cartoon.

  3. bmq215 says:

    The leaders are late to the game. By many reckonings the “arab spring” was a result of the interconnection provided by Facebook and Twitter. Cause or not it was certainly used as a powerful organizational tool during those revolutions.

  4. Judy says:

    billf – most of those guys were educated in the west, so them knowing and using such language doesn’t surprise me at all.

    Ben – you and me both, on Trump and him running his mouth on twitter or anywhere else for that matter.

  5. Tennessee Budd says:

    So much better than the old days, though, when one country had to find a friend to take the other country a note reading “Do you want to go to war with me? Check yes or no”.

  6. Joel says:

    I don’t know…has the improvement in war RSVP efficiency really been worth the collapse in national handwriting standards?

To the stake with the heretic!