Twitter steht wie kein anderer Dienst für das relativ neue Phänomen des Microblogging. Manche lieben Twitter, manche hassen Twitter, manche verachten Leute die voller Enthusiasmus den ganzen Tag twittern (oder tweeten) oder schütteln einfach nur verständnislos den Kopf. Eigentlich wird alles was man über Twitter wissen muss in diesem hervorragenden Video vom Elektrischen Reporter gesagt:
<p style="text-align: center;margin-top: 1em;margin-bottom: 1em"><a href="http://www.elektrischer-reporter.de/elr/video/83/">Elektrischer Reporter – Microblogging: Leben in 140 Zeichen</a></p>
Da es dennoch jede Menge echte Text (ja mehr als 140 Zeichen) zum Thema gibt, hier meine Auswahl der interessantesten Konzepte, Gedanken und Tools rund um die 140 Zeichen. Mittlerweile gibt es ganze Konferenzen zum Microblogging, zuletzt Ende Januar auf der Microblogging Konferenz in Kölln. Und demnächst z.B. hier:
OpenMicroBlogging An open standard for distributed micromessages
- Ein hervorragender Artikel bei Ars Technika: Byte-sized stories: Twittering a tiny tale
Some innovative authors have adopted Twitter as a new medium for writing short fiction. Ars looks at some tiny tales and evaluates the literary potential of microblogging. Like all new mediums, microblogging is ripe for artistic exploitation. New York Times writer Matt Richtel set out to test Twitter’s literary potential by writing a “Twiller”, a thriller story in 140-character increments. Richtel valiantly attempts to convey a cliché murder mystery—complete with dead hookers, an amnesia-afflicted killer, and (of course) Barack Obama.
- Eine der ersten wissenschaftlichen Studien zu Microblogging: Social networks that matter: Twitter under the microscope. Hier die Studie als pdf
- Eine andere Studie: Why We Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities
Abstract: Microblogging is a new form of communication in which users can describe their current status in short posts distributed by instant messages, mobile phones, email or the Web. Twitter, a popular microblogging tool has seen a lot of growth since it launched in October, 2006. In this paper, we present our observations of the microblogging phenomena by studying the topological and geographical properties of Twitter’s social network. We find that people use microblogging to talk about their daily activities and to seek or share information. Finally, we analyze the user intentions associated at a community level and show how users with similar intentions connect with each other.
- Ein hervorragender Artikel widmet sich dem Zusammenhang von Mikroblogging und soziale Bewegungen
Mikroblogs gehören zum immer bedeutender werdenden Digitalen Raum in dem gesellschaftliche Öffentlichkeiten und Mikroöffentlichkeiten entstehen.
Und hier noch eine Übersicht über die 100 meistgenutzen Twitter Tools bei Microblogging.com: The Top 100 Twitter Clients. Sowie die Links zu einer ganzen Reihe von Artikeln bei TechChrunch, die sich den vielen neuen Tools rund um Twitter widmen:
Loic Le Meur is asking Twitter to add an authority filter to their search (he also goes on a rant about Sprint, but ignore that). He wants to sort through Twitter messages based on how many followers the person writing has, so he’ll know the relative importance of what’s being said.
Yesterday Loic Le Meur wrote a blog post asking for an authority-based Twitter search that would allow users to restrict their searches to Twitter users with a large number of followers. A number of bloggers were upset over this seemingly innocuous feature request, citing the difference between authority and popularity and how easy it is to game popularity counts on Twitter. But it looks like at least a few people thought it was a worthwhile cause: twelve hours later, Loic writes that a small team of developers led by Jon Wheatley has launched new service called Twitority that does exactly what Loic asked for.
One of the big complaints about Twitter is that conversations are hard to follow. Users can write a response to a Twitter message (or anything else), but the easy way to do this is to add an @[username] tag to the Twitter, which refers back to the original Twitter user. But by then that original user has often moved on to other subjects, and it becomes impossible to follow the conversation.
This morning a new service launched called Tweetree that tries to solve this problem by threading conversations. It works, sort of, but there are occasional errors as the service tries to match up which messages refer to what, and it rarely tracks deeper than one comment. Hardly a conversation.
Over the weekend a lot of tech bloggers got into a tizzy over a suggestion that Twitter search should rank Tweets by authority, with Tweets from people who have the most followers coming up first. Some bloggers quickly objected that this was somehow undemocratic or would give spammers more of an incentive to trick people into following them, and thus would be easy to game. One developer went ahead and created exactly that search experience with Twitority anyway. (Update: Make that two, check out Twithority also). While others didn’t understand what the big deal was in the first place because their relatives in Scranton have never heard of Twitter (sigh)
Another day, another Twitter related application launches. This time around it’s TwitTangle, a service that pulls information about your followers from the Twitter API and enables you to put a layer on top by rating and tagging them, and also lets you categorize them in groups. Looks like something Scoble could use.
Call it micro-classifieds. Paul Rawlings, a developer in the UK, launched TweebayTweebay on Twitter, and you confirm your bids via direct message (Twitter’s private messaging channel). This method should be used more often to authenticate Twitter accounts, as it does not require people to give out their passwords. on Christmas Day, a classifieds listings service for Twitter. You use your Twitter account to buy and sell stuff (perfect for those unwanted holiday gifts). Instead of entering your Twitter password, you simply follow
Say goodbye to the fun of reading private Twitter messages sent improperly and gathered on DMFail. Sometime today, Twitter says in an email, they’ll change the way private messages are sent so that you can use either [D + username + message] OR [DM + username + message]. It’s a subtle feature change, but one that will avoid embarrassment for people who’ve accidentally made their private messages public.
If you are the kind of person who can’t help but look when you drive by an accident scene, DMFail is for you. The site, which has been all the rage on Twitter for the last few days, shows direct (private) messages that were sent improperly on Twitter and are therefore public.
If you want to send another Twitter user a message that only she or he sees, you type [D + username + message]. But a lot of people accidentally type DM (for Direct Message) instead of D, and when that happens you pay the price of having your message pop into your Twitter stream for everyone to see.
DMFail grabs all those messages and reprints them on its site for everyone to see, which can be quite a horrible experience for the people involved. Thus the accident scene analogy.