Training Tools: A Brief Intro + Chart About the Metadata a Tweet Generates
A brief article and a link to a PDF chart.
Perhaps nothing all that new to many of you but the chart could be a useful training tool when explaining metadata and its value to those not aware of what it is or what it does. Do note that the chart is four years old but we believe still useful in an introductory session.
From the WSJ Digits Blog Post titled, “In a Single Tweet, as Many Pieces of Metadata as There Are Characters”:
At 140 characters a tweet seems tiny, but it can yield a wealth of information. According to Elasticsearch, a startup that builds software to help companies mine data from social media, there are 150 separate points of so-called metadata in an individual tweet.
For a tweet, metadata includes a unique numerical ID attached to each tweet, as well as IDs for all the replies, favorites and retweets that it gets. It also includes a timestamp, a location stamp, the language, the date the account was created, the URL of the author if a website is referenced, the number of followers, and many other technical specifications that engineers can analyze.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.