Posted at 20 Apr, 17:59h
What Twitter Annotations Mean
“What might this look like? We could see Annotations fields like:
- Link to a media file, like podcast enclosures, photos linked to, etc.
- Context about the Tweet like where was the author when it was published, maybe what the weather was like there at the time.
- Your Twitter publishing interface could offer you a special option to write reviews of movies, books, or links you’re sharing. The ISBN of the book, a link to a preview of the movie and the number of stars in your rating could be included in the Tweet Annotations.
- Any way you can classify, describe, append or otherwise enrich a Tweet with words or numbers can be included in Annotations.
You Tweet, you (or more likely your Twitter app) attach a characteristic or quality, you define the characteristic and then you provide a value of how or what that Tweet did relative to the quality being referenced. Twitter clients like Seesmic, Tweetdeck and more will make it easy for users to add these annotations. Yes, this is meaningful in large part because of the 140 character limit on Twitter messages themselves, but isn’t much of life’s meaning found in the play between limits and the infinite?”