Consider this my favorite correction in recent memory: USAID, fine purveyors of a Twitter clone called ZunZuneo in Cuba, would like you to know that it was more popular than reported. The project, widely ridiculed such as it was, was said to have peaked at around 40,000 users. Not so, according to USAID.
In a blog post today, the U.S. Agency for International Development indicated that the “platform had around 68,000 users.” ZunZuneo is one of the zanier government projects I can summon to mind: Culture change by cloned tweet. You cannot improve on the story of the service. It’s tech gold. Here’s TechCrunch from when the program was uncovered:
Eventually, the program grew beyond what the government contractors felt they could control, and they realized they needed to exit their involvement to in order to conceal their role. At one point, the USAID even went to Twitter co-founder Jack…
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