Will Scully-Power

The future of twitter data
May 28, 2009, 9:01 am
Filed under: Data, Datarati, Social Media, Twitter

twitter data

Todd Fast, the chief architect of Sun Microsystems’ Platform as a Service (PaaS) cloud offerings is the author behind www.twitterdata.org

In 140 chars: Twitter Data lets people embed bits of data in their tweets so that computers can read the data and do cool stuff #twitterdata

Twitter Data is a simple, open, semi-structured format for embedding machine-readable, yet human-friendly, data in Twitter messages. This data can then be transmitted, received, and interpreted in real time by powerful new kinds of applications built on the Twitter platform. Here is an example Twitter Data message:

I love the #twitterdata proposal! $vote +1

The part with the dollar sign, $vote +1, is a piece of data embedded using the Twitter Data format.

When an application knows how to read this data, it can then display it to users or send it to other applications to make Twitter an even more interesting and useful platform.


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