[Air-L] Twitter Re-Design

Mary K. Bryson mary.bryson at ubc.ca
Wed Nov 11 09:39:24 PST 2009

RE: Why Retweet works the way it does

<BY: Evan Williams (born March 31, 1972) is an American entrepreneur who has
founded several Internet companies, including Pyra Labs (creator of
weblog-authoring software Blogger) and Twitter, of which he is currently

I think it's interesting that Ev <creator of Twitter> misses the most valued
function of the retweet <to this user>, which is the linkage between the
retweeter and the original author of the RT tweet - the creator of Twitter's
new modification of retweet removes the citation factor - The current
Twitter syntax of say, Richard Smith retweeting something about surveillance
and blogging makes me follow a link about say, blogging, precisely because
Richard Smith is citing it. For the URL simply to appear in my InBox from ZX
would be meaningless. This is a good example of where a tool designer fails
to talk to users about what is good about the actual design and what would
then, be lost in the supposed "improvement".

Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Professor and Director, Network of Centers and
Institutes in Education (NCIE) & Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry (CCFI),
Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
Archive: http://ubc.academia.edu/MaryKBryson

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