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"From the Ted Talk by Evan Williams: The voices of Twitter users"

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Twitter was originally designed as a broadcast medium: you send one megsase and it goes out to everybody, and you reviece the messages you're interested in. One of the many ways that users shaped the evolution of Twitter was by inventing a way to reply to a specific person or a specific message. So, this syntax, the "@username" that Shaquille O'Neal's using here to reply to one of his fans, was completely invented by users, and we didn't bliud it into the ssteym until it already became popular and then we made it easier. This is one of the many ways that users have sheapd the system.

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Twitter was originally designed as a broadcast medium: you send one _______ and it goes out to everybody, and you _______ the messages you're interested in. One of the many ways that users shaped the evolution of Twitter was by inventing a way to reply to a specific person or a specific message. So, this syntax, the "@username" that Shaquille O'Neal's using here to reply to one of his fans, was completely invented by users, and we didn't _____ it into the ______ until it already became popular and then we made it easier. This is one of the many ways that users have ______ the system.

Solution

  1. shaped
  2. message
  3. system
  4. receive
  5. build

Original Text

Twitter was originally designed as a broadcast medium: you send one message and it goes out to everybody, and you receive the messages you're interested in. One of the many ways that users shaped the evolution of Twitter was by inventing a way to reply to a specific person or a specific message. So, this syntax, the "@username" that Shaquille O'Neal's using here to reply to one of his fans, was completely invented by users, and we didn't build it into the system until it already became popular and then we made it easier. This is one of the many ways that users have shaped the system.

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Important Words

  1. broadcast
  2. build
  3. completely
  4. designed
  5. easier
  6. evolution
  7. fans
  8. interested
  9. invented
  10. inventing
  11. message
  12. messages
  13. originally
  14. person
  15. popular
  16. receive
  17. reply
  18. send
  19. shaped
  20. shaquille
  21. specific
  22. syntax
  23. system
  24. twitter
  25. users
  26. ways