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Archiving app for Twitter – another new media database

While exploring the very many Mac apps available as add-ons for Twitter, I stumbled upon “TW3 Business.” Here’s the app description:

TW3 Business— A “tweet-processor” and database for Twitter, for reporters and those who must post to Twitter as part of their jobs. Stores your tweets in your own computer. Compose messages offline; save for posting later — great for those times when Twitter is unavailable! Generate activity reports for your editor or boss, sorted according to client or date. Retrieve and re-use old tweets. Mark tweets “evergreen” and duplicate them as needed. Mark unfinished tweets as “drafts”. Make notes about tweets. Works without the Twitter API: keep on tweeting when other applications are waiting for the API to be turned back on after a disaster. May be overkill for casual users; but a lifesaver in the newsroom!”

Before even recognizing its capabilities, I am wowed by the description of whom the application is designed for – “those who MUST post to Twitter as part of their jobs.” My, how far we have come! Many journalists and business writers MUST use a social networking site to post news.

In the second half of Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media, Collin Gifford Brooke reviews his definition of a database and memory. In regards to new media, both terms imply the storage of information held online. “I believe that certain new media offer us tools for building persistence of cognition, the inductive perception of connections, and patterns across multiple sources” (157).

TW3 Business archives Twitter messages to be searched and then retrieved by users. Reporters can quickly search for articles to reference or pull for dates. The program also marks unfinished tweets as “drafts.” If new media programs are capable of remembering everything we have even started writing, then we most certainly will depend less on our own memories for storage of information.

Brooke tells us that persistence, as a memory practice, is the ability to maintain patterns. It is still the reporter, only assisted by the application, that recognizes patterns and references found in old tweets. Reporters possess the ability to cognitively apply what is recognized as a pattern, while new media tools can only generate a collection of words and ideas that seem to be alike by arrangement.

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  1. Jessica Collins
    October 11th, 2009 at 04:19 | #1

    TW3 Business sounds very interesting. Some of its capability are attractive even for a casual twitter user like myself although I probably don’t need to create tweets in advance or reuse old tweets. There have been times however where I wished that I could quickly access an old tweet usually to find a link that was included. I’ll have to see if their is a comparable application for PC’s.

  2. mchrapliwy
    October 11th, 2009 at 17:06 | #2

    Thanks for post on this application. It was interesting to read. One thing it should remind everyone about, however, is that if we can archive our tweets and save the information, then others may be able to access old information as well – ours. It makes me wonder about so many things – including, how far is the reach of big brother? More than anything, like any form of communication, our words can come back to haunt us later…

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