On Mon, 17 Aug 2009 02:43:50 -0700 (PDT)
janole <s...@mobileways.de> wrote:

> If you just don't agree with a tweet and want to express it via a
> retweet, how can you do so with the proposed API? Seems to be
> impossible or am I missing something?

The new retweet API does not circumvent any of the current methods of
expression. The only thing that it does is provide a method for
verbatim retweets that is appropriate on social, semantic and data
storage levels. It doesn't appear to be designed to handled "value
added" retweets. There's no reason that it should be. That mode of
expression is already served well enough by emergent behavior
surrounding the current API. Value added re-expression is an evolving
part of the Twitter experience. Codifying the current meme for that
expression would be counter-productive. This API is not attempting to
do that. It's only a provision for a meaningful, trackable, acceptable
"me too" message.

So to discuss a post with which a user disagrees, the retweet mechanism
would *not* be used. That is a value added expression that would be best
served by linking or replying, depending on the scope of the
disagreement.

Chris

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