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Retweet is stupid

Sunday, April 26, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named skittles.gifOkay I'm going to get crucified for this, but I found myself saying this on the phone today to Andrew Baron. If I was willing to say it to him, I should have the guts to say it publicly. Permalink to this paragraph

Now, I'm not saying the people who retweet are stupid, or the impulse to pass on a link to everyone who follows you is stupid, but... Permalink to this paragraph

A retweet is the same as voting up something on Digg or Reddit. It's a piece of metadata about the tweet, and should be stored and displayed with the tweet. When you retweet something, none of the 140 characters should be used in saying that it's a retweet and who it came from.  Permalink to this paragraph

Digg does it right, Twitter --> wrong.  Permalink to this paragraph

Another app that does it right is FriendFeed. Permalink to this paragraph

Look at this post, it's been liked a lot. When I wrote this it had 225 likes! Like is FriendFeed's term for retweet. Permalink to this paragraph

Nothing needs to be done, but I'm glad to get this out there, once and for all. Permalink to this paragraph

Hope you're having a happy Sunday! ;-> Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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