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By Justin King     Oct 27, 2013 in World
In preparation for the largest Anonymous operation to be undertaken to date, the collective has released a video via YouTube to test the organization’s ability to disperse a message to its members in times of emergency.
The tests, one occurring today and one occurring after the November 5th operation, will attempt to reach one million Anons in a twenty-four hour period. The practical reasons for the test are obvious, but the test can easily be seen as a show of force, demonstrating to governments how quickly Anonymous can mobilize the collective in the face of danger or oppression. Comments on one of the YouTube channels hosting the video also point to it as a demonstration to again show the FBI that the collective's ability to coordinate and organize remains intact, despite recent arrests.
YouTube has been a common method of distributing information throughout Anonymous. The message is being shared via various social networks to circulate the video to everyone active in Anonymous. Jay Thomas provided some insight into the group's use of social media.
...the importance is the communication, not its source or whether it's viral. I'm hoping this will extend far beyond Facebook and Twitter. It happens YouTube has a very accurate counting system and is easily linked into all other common formats, ie mobile and desktop browsing. Posts on YouTube are visible everywhere on all devices; it's a good way of sharing an idea with the larger audience.
The group has been very successful at manipulating social media networks to distribute their messages in the past. The collective has perfected using Twitter to create a twitterstorm, as seen in the recent Maryville Operation.
A twitterstom is when the collective coordinates a date and time to begin marking all of their tweets with specific keywords that are then picked up by Twitter and begin to show as trending. Once the message begins to trend, it is displayed to many outside of the collective and raises public awareness. Instructions for a twitterstorm in support of the Million Mask March can be found on pastebin.com.
The test is the most recent in a string of small operations that is allowing Anonymous to prepare for the November 5th operation that is set to take place all over the world.
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