Twitter needs an External Link Language imo. Why? because links are frequent, but uninformative.
With more and more people posting bit.ly and tiny.urls – who knows what we’re looking at.
Unless the writer knows how to spell out a decent explanation in 140 chars, we could all miss the gems. By us all understanding what we’re being sent to before we click, that way – we can cut down on being sent to virus links (until spammers start integrating it) and be prepared for the url content thats about to land in our browser.
+t= text article
Any order of the above can be placed together after the tweeted text and link, e.g.:
The above would inform people that the link will take them to, text content, featuring at 1 picture/photo, a video and audio file with link list.
Here is an example tweet:
“friendfeed mimics twitter: http://bit.ly/8O3gU +t+p”
Using something like the above, will allow us to search for tweets that include the files we want. Currently we can only search for ‘http’ which is great but not informative as to what the link will contain.
If this was used throughout the twitter community, think how this would shape your searches? Sure twitter only has 140 characters – but ask yourself how many of those characters are wasted trying to explain whats on the other end of the link? Some simple thought, and guidelines could shave that problem off your … ergh… xmas wish list?
The only thing stopping this format form spreading is you not using it, the next time you post a link on twitter. Don’t even explain what it is until asked – save that for another day. The smart people will find the source.
Soo.. TELL – thoughts anyone?