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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.
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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