SAN FRANCISCO, Ca – Twitter is getting $1.38 Billion of the $12 Billion in federal stimulus money targeted at better interentz for allz to help pay for a new Longer Message Project
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced the grants during a town hall-style meeting in San Francisco on Friday.
The nations first low character limit or “micro-blogging” would be extended from a lowly 140 character limit to a new, longer, 256 character limit. The funding provides for an additional 116 characters of text in each message, a new logo and a new service unavailable screen that no longer features a flying whale on it.
Obama said focusing on building 21st-century computer infrastructure projects is an important element of the country’s economic recovery.
"It creates jobs immediately, and it lays the foundation for a vibrant economy in the future," Obama said.
Though the administration bills the program as “Longer Message Internet," most U.S. projects won’t reach the lengths seen in Europe and Asia. California’s tweets would be by far the longest, exceeding the 200 character limit achieved by some messaging platforms overseas.
Some of the money will go toward messages with top limits of 110 characters, a length already surpassed by twitter, while other funds — such as the $400 million allotted to Ohio, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati — will be for messages no longer than 79 characters.
A half-dozen Cabinet members and other senior administration officials were fanning out across the country for social networking events Thursday and today. The White House said message projects will create or save thousands of jobs in areas including site design, graphic design, planning, engineering and server maintenance and operations.
Obama told the crowd at Thursday’s town hall that when the Longer Message Project is finished, "I’m going to come back down here and tweet on it."
Internet Czar Susan Crawford and members of Congress have acknowledged that they expect much of the expertise and equipment to be supplied by foreign companies. Mostly outsourced tech workers from India.
The $8 billion investment is just a start. Last year, Obama asked Congress in his budget request for an additional $1 billion a year for five years. Congress for this year approved another $2.5 billion that remains to be awarded. And Obama is expected to ask for more social networking funds when his budget is presented next week.
Also, Crawford has hinted that some of the $1.5 billion allotted in the stimulus plan for discretionary Internet projects may go toward longer message projects.
Yeah, I know… that’s pretty silly. But then, so is spending Billions on a rail system that will only make us “more like europe”. You have two scenarios… either no one will ride the trains (I wouldn’t) or they will put a nail in the coffin of our airline industry… you pick.
firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got a problem with it.