Based on recent statistics released by Twitter, there are currently 50 million tweets a day. That’s 600 per second. Finding a way to tame the squall of information is essential and enterprising companies have been working away at organizing the chaos. Enter TweetMeme, a service which aggregates the links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. The links are organized on their website by category, subcategory, and channel, making it easy to filter out the white noise from potentially groundbreaking news. When a US Airways flight crash landed in the Hudson River in January 2009, the shocking news made it onto the Tweetmeme website a full fifteen minutes before it hit traditional news sites and channels. Such is the power of millions of users reporting what they see, hear, and read in the moment, with only 140 characters.
As Twitter continues to engage with the developer community, particularly with evolutions such as tweet annotations (storing metadata along with the tweet) there’s a whole new horizon dawning for information sharing via the web.
In this interview Nick Halstead, CEO of TweetMeme, shares the company’s vision, its practice, and ponders how tweets will continue to evolve in their applications.
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