Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is a very special kind of Internet celebrity.
Boastful and persistent, Dotcom’s ongoing legal troubles have made him a vocal, self-appointed hero of the digital age. But there’s one big problem: He’s not actually saying anything.
“They abused the wrong guy. Power to the people. Bye bye, Echelon. Hello, Freedom,” Dotcom said in an incomprehensible post on Twitter today.
The message was one of many tweets talking about Megaupload, which Dotcom says will reemerge in a big way later this year.
“I am going to turn this world upside down,” he predicted. For the Megaupload founder, this means creating what he calls a “massive global network” that will allow hosts outside the U.S. “to connect servers and bandwidth.”
Better, Dotcom says that all of this will be highly secure. “The new Mega will offer one-click-encryption of ALL your data transfers, on the fly, easy to use, free of charge, TOTAL PRIVACY!,” he said on Twitter.
All of which makes Dotcom sound like less like a revolutionary and more like a late-night infomercial pitchman. Dotcom does a lot of talking, but so far, not much has come of it. And yet, we keep talking about him.
In addition to the return of Megaupload, Dotcom is also working on Megabox, a music service that he says will change the way musicians do business. And can you guess what the status of that service is? That’s right — not even launched.
It’s time to stop paying attention to Kim Dotcom. Maybe then he’ll get some actual work done.