So you'd get this in your feed:
[RT @nameyourecognize this is where] from michaelSurtees
[this is where the 140 or so characters go] from nameyourecognize
This would rely on the software to include the actual tweet, but in the meanwhile, doing today's typical retweet will still work as long as the first couple words are intact.]]>
“twitter isn't about who's following you. it's about who you're following”
– Josh Kamler
“Twitter, being an open system, is interpreted by different people differently; is used differently on different media platforms and at different times; and is used for different things. Which is exactly why it's so awesome.”
– Ana Andjelic
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@Serge – I guess you have to ask why a person chooses to follow someone else. Part of the reason why I choose to follow certain people is that they might have access to people and ideas that work pretty well inside a RT. I also follow quite a few people b/c I'm curious to see how different media outlets use it. But some people might like reading tweets as personal anectodotes to their daily life and hate RT's. That's cool too b/c again twitter is interpreted and used in an infinite number of ways. Starring tweets is another underutelized part of twitter. I use it to save tweets that are more personal to me or needed for reference, so I don't think it would be that interesting to people that follow me and hence why I like the RT. Plus in a blog kind of way it's tipping your hat to someone that tweeted something good. On the other hand, those that choose to RT well known people and steal from those that aren't as well known is also a common practice that I see from time to time – not a huge fan of that…
@Joe – the tiny url issue is kind of interesting, I like how it saves space, don't like how I don't know what the real url is. Too bad we can't embed html that would save character space. Again to the noise issue you have to ask why you're following someone. I think it also depends what kind of twitter service you're using. If I was only looking at feeds from the web and not from TweetDeck I'd only be able to follow a 100 max. But w/ TweetDeck the noise is a lot less b/c there's different streams of people that I follow more closely. But again it totally depends on what you're hopping to get from twitter and how you evolve it as time goes by.
I guess my big caveat is that in six months time I may change my mind completely and think the total opposite. But at this moment that's kind of my feeling…]]>
The http\tinyurl.com/blah's are ugly enough. Add several @namesidontrecognize (if you are RTing the comments someone made about someone ELSE'S tweet), pepper it all with some quotation marks, and halfway through reading the 140 characters, my ADD mind is already thinking about bacon and how much I'd like to go swimming.
I think your solution is a good one, Michael. The more Twitter incorporates into its UX, and the less the user needs to clog up their tweet with proper credit and cordial protocol, the better.]]>