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Handling Real-time Geostreams

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Raffi Krikorian (Twitter)
Location: Ballroom IV
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Handling Real-time Geostreams Presentation [PDF]

Twitter has launched a Geotagging API - we really wanted to enable users to not only talk about “What’s happening?” but also “What’s happening right here?” For a while now, we’ve been watching as users have been trying to geo-tag their tweets through a variety of methods, all of which involve a link to a map service embedded in their Tweet. This talk will delve into how Twitter handles their geocontent including tool suggestions.

As a platform, we’ve tried to make it easier for our users by making location be omnipresent through our platform, and an inherent (but optional) part of a tweet. We’re making the platform be not just about time, but also about place.

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Raffi Krikorian


Raffi Krikorian makes a career of hacking everything and anything. He is currently a developer on Twitter Geo Platform. He was the founding partner at Synthesis Studios: a technological design and consulting firm that orchestrates his disjointed train of thought. He has developed Java-based distributed/mobile software agent infrastructures while also investigating human perception of sound in zero-g with NASA. While at the MIT Media Lab, he studied and built tiny, embedded, and sub-$5 Internet nodes and while also teaching students “How to Make (Almost) Anything.” In his free time, he justified his television addiction by writing “TiVo Hacks” for O’Reilly and Associates, the first book on hacking into, understanding, and extending the Linux-based PVR. Raffi is an engineer with a passion to make the complicated, accessible - currently, he is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program where he teaches topics ranging from digital ethics and security to “computing without computers”.