One way of following the microblogging phenomena called Twitter is through http://twittervision.com which is similar to http://flickrvision.com.

Twitter, the winner of the 2007 South by Southwest Web Awards has seen incredible growth since it was first launched in October, 2006. It is another form of lifestreaming. See http://twitter.com/oceanflynn

Twitter, Jaiku and Pownce are open source tools for microblogging, described by Aksay, Song, Finin and Tseng (2007-08-12) as a relatively new form of communication in which users can describe their current status, activities, or interests in short posts (c. 140 to 200 characters) distributed by instant messages, mobile phones, email or the Web. In their workshop paper (2007-08-12) they analyse the topological and geographical properties of Twitter’s social network and the user intentions associated at a community level and show how users with similar intentions connect with each other. They observed that people use microblogging to nurture friendships by sharing their everyday activities and to seek or share information. [Microblog users intentions are “information sharing, information seeking, and friendship-wise relationship.”] (Aksay, Song, Finin and Tseng 2007-08-12).”

Microblogs like Twitters (tweets) are space-efficient, to the point, written in txt-style often indicating relevant links (to articles, blogs, videos, images, podcasts, etc) using tools like http://tinyurl.com[1] which dramatically decreases url length. For example https://oceanflynn.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/microblogging-user-intent-info-sharingseeking-and-friendship-wise-relationship/ becomes http://tinyurl.com/3b8g5k.

Enter a long URL to make tiny:

Twitter users can comment or reply to each other’s posts by using the @ symbol followed by a username in their tweets. For example see http://quotably.com/oceanflynn (@oceanflynn).

“The primary knock against Twitter has been that it is made up primarily of a community of self-interested nerds engaged in navel-gazing (Langton 2008).”


“Much of research in user intention detection has focused on understanding the intent of a search queries. According to Broder [5], the three main categories of search queries are navigational, informational and transactional. Understanding the intention for a search query is very different from user intention for content creation. In a survey of bloggers, Nardi et al. [26] describe different motivations for “why we blog”.”


1. ReadWriteWeb critiqued tinyurl when a temporary loss of service resulted in tinyurl deadlinks for frustrated users. They promoted snurl.com. While tinyurl is relatively easy to do manually for open source users, snurl seems to require WordPress plug-ins, etc which are available only to paying users on wordpress.org not on wordpress.com.


Java, Akshay; Song, Xiaodan; Finin, Tim; Tseng, Belle. 2007. “Why We Twitter: Understanding Microblogging Usage and Communities.” Proceedings of the Joint 9th WEBKDD and 1st SNA-KDD Workshop 2007. August 12.

Langton, Jerry. 2008-03-29. “Forget Facebook, everyone’s a-Twitter.” TheStar.com.