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The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge | #TwitterAnatomy

The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge  | #TwitterAnatomy | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
How did an unprofitable startup become a multibillion-dollar public company? By making sophistication look simple

Via Pierre Levy
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While a tweet thrives in its timeline, among the other tweets, it’s also designed to stand on its own, forever. Any tweet might show up embedded inside a million different websites. It may be called up and re-displayed years after posting. For all their supposed ephemerality, tweets have real staying power.


Once born, they’re alone and must find their own way to the world, like a just-hatched sea turtle crawling to the surf. Luckily they have all of the information they need in order to make it: A tweet knows the identity of its creator, whether bot or human, as well as the location from which it originated, the date and time it went out, and dozens of other little things—so that wherever it finds itself, the tweet can be reconstituted. Millennia from now an intelligence coming across a single tweet could, like an archaeologist pondering a chunk of ancient skull, deduce an entire culture.


All tweets share the same anatomy. To examine the guts of a tweet, you request an “API key” from Twitter, which is a fast, automated procedure. You then visit special Web addresses that, instead of nicely formatted Web pages for humans to read, return raw data for computers to read. That data is expressed in a computer language—a smushed-up nest of brackets and characters. It’s a simplified version of JavaScript called JSON, which stands for JavaScript Object Notation. API essentially means “speaks (and reads) JSON.” The language comes in a bundle of name/value fields, 31 of which make up a tweet. For example, if a tweet has been “favorited” 25 times, the corresponding name is “favorite_count” and “25” is the value.

Pierre Levy's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:40 PM

The power of metadata!

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, November 12, 2013 7:19 AM

"This metadata contains not just tidy numerals like “25” but also whole new sets of name/value pairs—big weird trees of data. A good example is in the “coordinates” part of the tweet. "

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actualizando Oycib con Firefox :::

actualizando Oycib con Firefox ::: | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
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Actualización Oycib 2013 - 01.


Muy práctico ha resultado la actualización de la plataforma directamente en Firefox. Una opción que no conocia y esta vez ha resultado. imprescindible. No puedo decir lo mismo de Safari y Chrome, que para esto no dan el ancho, es decir no tienen mejores opciones que Firefox.


Firefox ha sido en distintas ocasiones la base de mi Red Personal de Aprendizaje (PLE o PLN). En estos casos se encuentra en que Firefox es una herramienta básica para el desarrollo de proyectos en Internet.


De manera general, comentamos que estamos editando CSS, JSON, HTML, GEXF. Parece que esto ya será cosa de siempre, es decir, la actualización, cada vez que aplicamos algo nuevo, surge la idea de probar alguna nueva experiencia en el diseño.


De momento, el proceso ha sido muy interesante, mientras mas le rascamos, mas encontramos en técnicas, teorias y lenguajes.


Se aceptan comentarios, sugerencias y colaboraciones..


... publicaremos otro post sobre el proceso.

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