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Twitter becomes a real collection

A while ago I wrote an article on Designing Collections for the Web. In this article I stated that Twitter was a collection and there are 4 objectives of a collection:

  1. To help users easily contribute to a collection (contributing objective)
  2. To help users find an item in a collection (identifying objective)
  3. To help users easily co-locate similar items (co-locating objective)
  4. To surface relevant and interesting items (relevancy objective)

In the Chirp Developer Conference, Twitter finally added the two objectives that were missing: surfacing relevant and interesting stuff (promoted tweets, although marketing influenced) and co-locate similar items (Twitter annotations).

I am really interested how the Annotations feature will take off. It could really extend the service beyond what we know of it now.

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