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This article was published on August 6, 2013

BlinkLink: Post a picture, tweet it, then watch it disappear until it’s tweeted again

BlinkLink: Post a picture, tweet it, then watch it disappear until it’s tweeted again
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BlinkLink is an experiment from software developer Clay Allsop that allows anyone to post a picture via Twitter that disappears once a certain number of people have viewed it, but there’s a twist.

Once the links have disappeared from view, they aren’t lost forever, but will only become visible again if someone tweets the link again. A single tweet of the link is good for another 1,000 views, a balance that Allsop says was hard to strike.

“The barrier for a user tweeting something appears to be very high: I had to gradually increase the tweet “bonus” for my HN [Hacker News] blink to +1000 views before any tweets appeared. I think there’s a very interesting risk/reward dynamic going on,” Allsop wrote on his blog.

For a more detailed overview of Allsop’s initial assessment of the idea of disappearing links, check out his BlinkLink post-mortem.

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