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Many probably have seen the Map of a Twitter status object below. Produced by Raffi Krikorian, from Twitter’s engineering department, this one-page chart quickly became popular. This was because it illustrated in a single image that a Twitter message was not a mere line of text up to 140 characters.
Although this document and its annotations are addressed primarily to API developers, it had a strong educational value. I have used it often. You had to see how wide the eyes of information law students opened in surprise and curiosity! That chart made easy to pass on the message we must do our homework when assessing informational practice. That we not be satisfied with only the visible information items and processes. That we must understand what actually happens in the black box. Even ask a hand to computer technologists.
I was writing a new book chapter entitled “Production Inputs“. It explains that handling of information objects allows us to produce new ones. However, this task requires, often without our realizing, the production of even further information objects, either to carry it out, or to describe it. The example of the 140 characters tweet which, in fact, features thousands of characters of code lines seems great to illustrate this point.
So I undertook to produce a new chart that would be updated, clearer as well as, more easily readable and understandable by non-specialists.
The result is this chart spreading over two pages. But it would have taken three to be exhaustive. Please, click the following to access :
Among many things, this exercise revealed to me the existence of fields for blocking messages or entire users’ accounts at the request of public authorities, of holders copyright, or of others. It also revealed that this map is not only that of a tweet, but also of all the information items coproduced with it. To the extent that all these items are available in practice, the distinction is perhaps only one of nuance. From a pedagogical point of view however, this is worth mentioning.
Further revelation, I also found a few syntax, description and field’s status typos in the original chart from Krikorian. Far from being a Twitter engineer, I would be very grateful if you would signal to me any typo or error in the new chart proposed here.
Category : Notions Addressed, Observations
wrote @ March 22nd, 2013 at 11:01 am
Very interesting breakdown of the Twitter text flow process and what all is behind it. The technical aspects of social marketing is nearly as complex as the psychological aspects!
Among many things, this exercise revealed to me the existence of fields for blocking messages or entire users’ accounts at the request of public authorities, of holders copyright, or of others. It also revealed that this map is not only that of a tweet, but also of all the information items coproduced with it. To the extent that all these items are available in practice, the distinction is perhaps only one of nuance.
It is very useful for those want to manage their own social media like twitter. I think it is not a simple task which you done here
wrote @ May 8th, 2013 at 1:48 pm
Very good article, Pierrot. It may seem an easy business marketing tool, to offer a daily update in 140 characters, but I don’t think that anyone of us was aware exactly how much information is given out by doing it.
Thanks for your work on this.
I must say Twitter has become the best and quickest source of news and information in a very short space of time.
A lot of big stories have been broken on Twitter. It is really amazing how people can share crucial information in only 140 characters. Thanks for sharing this depth article on the Map of a Twitter status object.
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Nice article and it is interesting read this source.Twitter is the popular social networking site used worldwide to connect people.
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wrote @ June 1st, 2013 at 11:58 am
To the extent that all these items are available in practice, the distinction is perhaps only one of nuance. From a pedagogical point of view however, this is worth mentioning.
I was looking for you new book ‘Production Inputs’, I couldn’t find it on Amazon, is it indeed out now?
By the way, I found the way you broke down the flow process extremely interesting, just when you think something sounds fairly straight forward you realize it really is very complex.
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wrote @ June 10th, 2013 at 10:29 pm
thank you for all the information and very useful for us
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