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ReTweet Original Author Identification

Page history last edited by CWagner 10 years, 7 months ago

Author

of this proposal: Christoph Wagner

original idea: Corax

 

In 140 characters:

RT-OAI is a simple way to identify the Original Account that posted a RT'ed link by putting his name+RT or via in brackets: [RT @nickname]

 

Description:

After a Tweet gets ReTweeted multiple times, it's near impossible to find out who originally tweeted it without research. Until we have a different way for RT's to work at least the origin can be retraced.

 

Details and Use Cases:

RT-OAI is very simple to use. Simply enclose "RT @nick" in brackets whenever you RT an original (not retweeted) tweet. Clients could scan for the occurrence of "RT" or "via" to decide when to use RT-OAI.

 

Examples  

cwagner: [RT @coraxaroc] Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee

twitgeridoo: RT @cwagner: [RT @coraxaroc] Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee

caipiranha81: RT @cwagner: [RT @coraxaroc] Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee (via @twitgeridoo)

 

 

cwagner: Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee [via @coraxaroc]

twitgeridoo: RT @cwagner: Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee [via @coraxaroc]

caipiranha81: RT @cwagner: Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee [via @coraxaroc] (via @twitgeridoo)

 

 

Alternative

skipping "via" or "RT" altogether:

cwagner: [@coraxaroc] Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee

twitgeridoo: RT @cwagner: [@coraxaroc] Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee

caipiranha81: RT @cwagner: [@coraxaroc] Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee (via @twitgeridoo)

 

cwagner: Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee [@coraxaroc]

twitgeridoo: RT @cwagner: Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee [@coraxaroc]

caipiranha81: RT @cwagner: Hey, check this cool stuff: http://bit.ly/trgee [@coraxaroc] (via @twitgeridoo)

 

Dis- and Advantages

Keeping "RT" or "via" helps this being unambiguous and allows for easier adoption due to the similarity to the syntax used now. Removing "RT" or "via" saves 3 signs but might confuse users especially in the beginning and makes it a bit harder on clients to scan the tweet for the need of RT-OAI

Comments (4)

Stowe Boyd said

at 9:00 am on Jun 30, 2009

I think the examples could be tweaked with conetnt other than 'Hey there!' to better indicate what is intended.

CWagner said

at 10:33 am on Jun 30, 2009

Don't know if I misunderstood you but did some changes:)

Stowe Boyd said

at 12:01 pm on Jun 30, 2009

Yes, I guess I was unclear. What I mean was to demonstrate the use of the brackets in a more natural series of posts, especially trying to make the case of how the brackets decrease confusion. I didn't mean you should substitute the 'Hey there!' with 'Hey, check out this cool stuff:' everywhere.

I'd like to see how this helps (if it does) with people adding their own comments as the RT.

CWagner said

at 12:12 pm on Jun 30, 2009

There is a different proposal for that. This is only for the purpose of identifying the original author. Hence the name "Original Author Identification"

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