Conversation Analogy• Imagine 4 people logged into twitter: Assume a sample conversation starts Ted = ted44, aka email@example.com up between these people : Sue = sb22, aka firstname.lastname@example.org Mark = m33, aka email@example.com Ted says “Hi, Recently read Seattle Times article indicating that Patrick Bill = w321, aka firstname.lastname@example.org Dempsey’s investment group will acquire Tully’s” Sue says “Do you know when he @ted44 will be back in Seattle?” Mark says “Ted, Sue, Mark – I hear he will @sb22 be back next Friday” @m33 Bill references what Mark said @w321
General Terminology“follows/following”, “followed by” : “shortened URL” :• So, Ted “follows” Sue, Mark, and Bill’s • Many times, a web site URL is very long. comments. Whatever these 3 people Thus, URL’s may get shortened to help say, Ted can see their conversation cut sentence length. A shortened URL when logged into Twitter. looks like bit.ly/10EzbPr or• When Sue logs in, she notes that she is http://bit.ly/10EzbPr “followed by” Ted. But, to see what “directly addressing individuals” : Mark and Bill have to say, she must @ ahead of a word (ie, @ted444) will follow them as well. send a sentence directly to that twitter“keyword” : user. Unless users are following each• Each tweet could have a keyword in it, other, they may not see conversations identifying a word to search on. without being directly addressed.• When same keyword is used in multiple “tweet” : tweets, a keyword hit count increases. Communicate a sentence within twitter.“trend” : Each sentence is truncated to 140• A high hit count indicates that keyword characters. is currently trending.
Conversation Translated• In twitter.com, the conversation may • In 5 days, this conversation may show up show up as as [pic] Ted @ted44 3m [pic] Ted @ted44 5d #PatrickDempsey bit.ly/10EzbPr to #PatrickDempsey bit.ly/10EzbPr to acquire #Tullys acquire #Tullys [pic] Sue @sb22 2m [pic] Sue @sb22 5d @ted44 Do you know when @ted44 Do you know when #PatrickDempsey will be back in #PatrickDempsey will be back in #Seattle? #Seattle? [pic] Mark @m33 1m [pic] Mark @m33 5d @ted44 @sb22 @m33 @ted44 @sb22 @m33 #PatrickDempsey will be in #Seattle on #PatrickDempsey will be in #Seattle on #Feb1 #Feb1 [pic] Bill @w321 5s [pic] Bill @w321 5d RT @m33 #PatrickDempsey will be in RT @m33 #PatrickDempsey will be in #Seattle on #Feb1 #Seattle on #Feb1