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An open area where people can pose questions, interact in an unstructured way, and find their way.


Please create new pages for your inquiries or observations, below. 

influencing microsyntax adoption, Amy Unruh, June 2009

Comments on Reposted Tweets, Stowe Boyd, June 2009

Comments (5)

Eric Stephens said

at 10:20 am on Jun 5, 2009

Some have asserted that Twitter/microsharing environments are Telegraph 3.0. that being said, what syntactical forms can be harvested from that technology?

Ben Clemens said

at 10:36 am on Jun 5, 2009

Ben Clemens said

at 10:37 am on Jun 5, 2009

"A message addressed to a passenger on a train should show the name of the railroad, train number or name or time due, place where the message is to be delivered, and also the point for which the passenger is bound. If the train is run in 13 sections, the section should be specified if known. A sample address is: "John Smith, en route Los Angeles, Care Conductor, Southern Pacific, Train 103, El Paso, Texas." Even though when the train stop at El Paso and John Smith is paged, he may be pacing the Platform for fresh air and exercise, the conductor will strive hard to effect delivery."

monkeyarmada said

at 11:52 am on Jun 5, 2009

With the potential for this group to create new microsyntax conventions I think it's critical that suggestions are received from as larger user base as possible. The conventions spotted 'in the wild', generated by the users organically, will be the strongest contenders for adoption I would suspect.

I'm a little hesitant in making suggestions myself, my web development background tends to skew my perception of what makes sense as a convention for non 'tech' users. As long as the suggestions are not solely driven by contributors from a technical background we should be on the right track.

The @username syntax is a good example, the @ symbol is now prevalent in email communication, all web users are familiar with it and what it's use implies (though possibly username@ would have aligned it further with it's email counterpart).

Having said all that, this is cool project to be able to contribute to and I'm looking forward to seeing the results take shape...


Steve Mollman said

at 2:26 am on Jun 25, 2009

A convention for voting, Digg-style, on tweets could be useful. Consider the lame example of #crapsuperpowers meme. Actually the top 10 tweets for that were probably hilarious and many people would enjoy reading them. But two things are needed. 1. A convention for voting. 2. Third-party services that let you see top-voted items. As it is now you have to read through dozens of lame #crapsuperpowers to find a few gems. Who wants to do that? On the other hand many people like to vote. The retweet often serves as a vote of sorts, but not every retweet is really a vote. So a specific convention for a vote would be needed. I don't really understand the rules of making conventions, but I'll blindly suggest this: V! Or would that not work because of all the people exclaiming about the movie 'V'? ; > Anyway, I probably don't belong in this conversation, but it bothers me this convention does not, as far as I know, exist. I think if it did, crowdsourcing could go to another level. One part of editing content is selecting what is best. Why not let the crowd do this in addition to creating the content? Cheers, Steve Mollman

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