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What constitutes a micropost?

From: Leon Derczynski <leon@dcs.shef.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:23:48 +0100
Message-ID: <CAPjwwFoyoqvEjZvs4ir0fzUHgH9hfCJK1+7xrBYWgX5DO=E+dg@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-microposts@w3.org
Hello all,

What constitutes a micropost? There seems to be a general consensus
that a tweet is generally a micropost and that a blog post is not, but
rather a full "post". What are the distinguishing qualities of a
micropost? Do Facebook status updates count? How about the (generally
longer and rarer) Google+ status update? To what extent does ease of
publication outweigh post length? How about the amount of
purpose-generated and automatically-generated / automatically
regurgitated content (for example, when an article is linked in to an
update or comment) - does this have an impact on whether or not a post
is a micropost? What about if it's an update that contains a brief
abstract of a longer piece, and the longer piece is the real content
(e.g. automatically generated tweets from new blog posts) - where's
the boundary?

All the best,


Leon R A Derczynski
NLP Research Group

Department of Computer Science
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 211 Portobello
Sheffield S1 4DP, UK

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