[Air-L] Twitter Re-Design
Mary K. Bryson
mary.bryson at ubc.ca
Thu Nov 12 08:35:46 PST 2009
Why would Twitter redesign the interface to force users toward an inbuilt,
attribution free, ³integrated retweeting²? A list member who emailed me
offlist suggested that conversations with other programmers indicated that
Twitter wants to streamline the syntax of (re)tweets so as to permit easier
quantification, and therein, comparative stats on ³most popular² tweets,
lists and so on...
The CNET story seems to lead in that direction:
³But there are advantages, too: with built-in retweets, it gets much easier
to track exactly how popular or influential a given message or user is.²
Maybe machine-enabled collective intelligence is just not really brandable
in a neoliberal economistic -scape? TG for those late-night poutine carts
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
CCFI: Innovation Works Here
> From: live <human.factor.one at gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 21:06:27 -0800
> To: List Aoir <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
> Subject: Re: [Air-L] Twitter Re-Design
> Yeah....things didn't go as well at they wanted on release.
> The UX engineer lives in my town, and well, word spreads over late
> night poutine carts.
> Also from CNET:
> "Twitter issues mulligan on new 'retweet' feature"
> On Nov 11, 2009, at 8:41 PM, Mary K. Bryson wrote:
>> The blog that I was quoting from concerning the redesign, was
>> yesterday, and is written by Evan Williams, CEO of Twitter,
>> This week on Twitter, we're rolling a feature we've been working on
>> for a
>> while out to a lot more users. (If you don't have it yet, you will
>> That feature is our native version of Retweet, which Biz posted
>> about on
>> the Twitter blog a couple months ago.
>> Seems like a done deal.
>> Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Professor and Director, Network of Centers and
>> Institutes in Education (NCIE) & Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry
>> Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia
>> Archive: http://ubc.academia.edu/MaryKBryson
>> CCFI: Innovation Works Here
>>> From: live <human.factor.one at gmail.com>
>>> Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:34:34 -0800
>>> To: Mary Bryson <mary.bryson at ubc.ca>
>>> Cc: danah boyd <aoir.z3z at danah.org>, <air-l at listserv.aoir.org>
>>> Subject: Re: [Air-L] Twitter Re-Design
>>> By the by - Rael said that they've pulled back the deployment of this
>>> feature redesign.
>>> Apparently there were some technical difficulties. So retweet design
>>> is on hold for the time being.
>>> Hopefully while they figure out the backend issues, they can also
>>> rethink the design strategy.
>>> Sharon Greenfield
>>> Digital Ethnographer
>>> On Nov 11, 2009, at 7:58 PM, Mary K. Bryson wrote:
>>>> Thanks for sending this fabulous paper, danah -
>>>> Danah + colleagues' paper provides lots of really good examples that
>>>> underscore the socio-cultural complexities of retweeting - and to
>>>> the point
>>>> here, specifically what will be lost in Twitter's own redesign of
>>>> the RT
>>>> syntax. Twitters redesigned syntax --
>>>> Described here --
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