[Air-L] Twitter Re-Design

danah boyd aoir.z3z at danah.org
Wed Nov 11 16:15:44 PST 2009

I share your disappointment.  Scott Golder, Gilad Lotan, and I investigated retweeting practices in the spring and summer and found a whole plethora of different practices that are not supported by this implementation.  We wrote this up in a HICSS paper that will be published and presented in January, but we've made a draft version available for those who want to know more about retweeting: 

Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter
danah boyd, Scott Golder, Gilad Lotan
HICSS 2010



On Nov 11, 2009, at 12:39 PM, Mary K. Bryson wrote:

> RE: Why Retweet works the way it does
> http://evhead.com/2009/11/why-retweet-works-way-it-does.html
> <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
> CEO.>
> 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".
> Mary
> -- 
> 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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