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ReTweet Revolution

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, August 24 2009

How do we make sense of Twitter and its impact? As short broadcast bursts? A multi-directional reporting network? The trail left by the social interaction of folks who may, or may not know each other? It's an interesting -- and tough -- question. And a new project from Microsoft's Gilad Lotan suggests that making sense of Twitter is as much art as science. Lotan has launched ReTweet Revolution, a visual exploration of some of the many tweets generated in response to the Iranian election.

Lotan says his project's aim is to "help viewers grasp which of the messages were chosen to be passed on by millions of twitter users, and how they were manipulated along the way."