The More We Know, The More We Don’t Know
The Epistemological Wonderland that is Weinergate continues its incredible journey through uncertainty with today’s story from Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily iPad app:
But according to data provided exclusively to The Daily from TweetCongress.org, a nonprofit website that captures each member of Congress’s Twitter feeds in real time, the shot seen round the world was transmitted using TweetDeck — a popular Adobe desktop application that links up with social networking sites. A review of Weiner’s Twitter stream from May 27, the day of the crotch pic, shows that Weiner had been posting only from TweetDeck — one of many ways to post messages to Twitter — that entire night.
If you’re not familiar with the Twitterverse, TweetDeck is one of the most popular third-party Twitter-posting apps — so popular that Twitter itself just bought it. It’s like providing the damning evidence that Weiner drove a Chevy.
And, as blogger Joseph Cannon notes — we’ll be nice to him this time — TweetDeck will automatically create a yfrog image account for you if you tweet a photo. Weiner was already using yfrog for legit photos, and it’s not unreasonable to presume he never set it up directly — he just posted a photo via TweetDeck one day, and there it was.
So what does all of this prove?
All the confirmable evidence remains consistent with Weiner posting the crotch shot himself. And all the confirmable evidence also remains consistent with somebody guessing a easily guessable password for Weiner’s Twitter account, chanting “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good”, posting the photo via TweetDeck, and declaring “Mischief managed”.
Then again, the latter reference involves waving a wand. Perhaps we should stop there.