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A generation is the term used for a user generated link that is stored here at Spredd.it. In general, a generation is a user created URI (link) that stores information such as a "Tweet" (a Twitter status update) that is used as a status update for Twitter. When a generation is created, it is given a unique identifying ID and URI (link). The URI or link is used to redirect to Twitter and fill the Twitter status box.
A generation's functionality and features vary on the options that were enabled during its creation. While the default functionality of a generation is updating a Twitter status, keeping tabs on click statistics, demographics, and the likes. Optional features may include keeping track of TTR, TTC, or the use of beta features (features that are still not quite ready to be titled stable).
TTR, short for Tweet Through Rate, is an optional feature built right into Spredd.it. Often times obtaining only click statistics or demographics for a generation may not be enough to really understand whether a generation was successful or not. Thus, using TTR, you can obtain a deeper insight on what clickers or followers are generally doing once they have clicked on a generation in relation to Twitter. What this means is, with TTR enabled for a generation, we can collect information from Twitter on how many times your generation's tweet was tweeted. With that information, we generate the TTR and TTC.
TTR, when enabled, does cut back on the amount of characters the tweet for a generation can be. TTR currently requires 10 (ten) characters from your maximum character count. Meaning, without TTR enabled your tweet can be 140 characters long, with TTR enabled, it can only be 130 characters long. (If you are wondering why 140 characters, read Twitter's help page here: About Tweets.
With these 10 (ten) characters deducted from your overall character limit, Spredd.it can place its unique hashtag for your generation right into your tweet automatically. You will not see the hashtag in your actual Tweet until it is placed into the Twitter status update text area. The hashtag is used to keep track of your generation.
The last thing to know about TTR is that it is updated every 15 minutes. We chose 15 minutes as a good time frame to let things happen on Twitter before we reach out again to gather new information. In addition, because retrieving information for TTR requires us to download and collect information from Twitter, the retrieval process can sometimes be slow, which is normal because we're connecting to an external server.
If a generation is not doing well on Twitter, our system may determine a different retrieval time for that generation. For example, if one of your generation's tweet has not been tweeted in a while, our system might set a 20 minute or 30 minute time frame before updating your generation's TTR. This is done to cut back on the number of times we connect to Twitter for a faster experience. Not to worry however, the maximum set time interval between updates can be no longer than 30 minutes, and if your generation receives a different set time interval other than 15 minutes, our system will bring it back down to 15 minutes when your generation is receiving more Twitter activity; in short, it's not a permanent change.
Note: Once TTR is enabled for a generation it cannot be disabled. This is done for accuracy when computing TTR.
Note: Editing tweets for generations is a feature for registered members only. Registration is free.
If you often tend to enable the TTR option from the options box when creating a generation, and would like the option's check box checked by default, you can do so by following the link in the header "Account Settings" and checking the box "Automatically check the "Enable TTR" checkbox when creating a new generation". Of course, in order for the setting to be applied, you must press the "Update" button below the settings options.
To disable the TTR option check box from being checked by default, follow the link in the header "Account Settings" and un-check the box "Automatically check the "Enable TTR" checkbox when creating a new generation" under the settings section, then proceed by pressing "Update".
In a nutshell, the reason the character count limit is 130 characters maximum and not 140 is that you have TTR enabled. TTR requires 10 (ten) characters of your maximum character limit in order to be enabled. If you're looking for a more detailed explanation, see What is TTR?.
TTC, short for Tweet Through Count, is the total count of the clicks of a generation that actually converted into a tweet. For example, if 12,000 people clicked on a generation URI or link, it does not necessarily mean that all 12,000 people actually tweeted the generation's tweet. If 2,000 out of the 12,000 clicks led to an actual tweet of the generation's tweet, then TTC would be equal to 2,000.
Note: TTC is only recorded if TTR is enabled for a generation.
Why is their a hashtag that I didn't create attached to my tweet when it reaches my Twitter status update?
If you did not add the hashtag to your Tweet, and it only appears when you follow the generation's link to Twitter, you have TTR enabled. Learn more about TTR by visiting "What is TTR."
The easiest way to determine whether a generation has TTR enabled or not is to view its statistics page. If TTR is disabled, you should find a disabled notice under the "TTR" heading. If you are a registered member and you own the generation, you can check the status of TTR for a generation by clicking on "Edit" under the controls in the table of your panel. Once in edit mode, you will find a message above the text area with a message similar to this "Editing tweet for link XXXXXXXX - TTR is Enabled for this generation."
Bots follow links they find and can end up on your generations' click statistics reducing the accuracy of the statistics you care about. Therefore, we have excluded bot clicks from your generations' statistics to improve accuracy in the results we provide.
While our system might from time to time let a bot or two pass as a person, as we can't stop them all, we are improving our system over time to constantly provide you with more accurate results.
Visit your User Panel by signing in if you are not already, and click on the "Home" link in the header navigation. Within the panel you will find a table consisting of all the generations you created under your account, to the right of each generation there is a set of controls, the edit control is labeled with the text "Edit". Clicking on the label will open the generation editor for that generation.
Note: Editing tweets for generations is a feature for registered members only. Registration is free.
In general, to view the statistics of any given generation, simply visit clicktotweet.me/XXXXXXXX+, replacing the XXXXXXXX with the key (URI) of the generation you wish to view statistics of. Alternatively, you can copy the link of the generation you wish to view statistics of, and append a '+' symbol (without the quotes) to the link, leaving the generation's URI intact (e.g clicktoweet.me/XXXXXXXX+ ).
If you are a registered member, you can alternatively visit your User's Panel by clicking the "Home" link in the header navigation when signed in, and click on the "Detailed Stats" label in the controls of the generation you wish to view statistics of.
The total amount of days worth of detailed (graph) statistics we store is indefinite, meaning, such information will generally be accumulated for the life of the generation.
Why am I only seeing 1 (one) month worth of statistics then?
We've just released a new version of the statistics page and are working on some nifty changes to provide you with a longer timetable. Therefore, the current one month maximum is only temporary.
For security reasons, we cannot recover your account's password, however, you can reset your account's password by using the Account Recovery tool.
To change your accounts information and or settings, sign in to your account, and follow the link "Account Settings" in the header navigation.
CTT Munchy (identifiable as ctt-munchy) is our little friendly Twitter data gatherer. CTT Munchy is currently used to gather information for generations with TTR enabled. We are currently working on a newer more advanced CTT Munchy, but for now, we'll let it munch and crunch at what it does best.
If CTT Munchy is being naughty or abusive, contact us using our contact form here.
We developed a spam filter to eliminate any unwanted generations that affect the overall quality of the service. This includes tweets that have no real purpose such as the following "dfgh dfgh dfgh", "hia guys", or anything similar. While our spam filter continues to become more intelligent, it may accidentally treat a legitimate Tweet as something whipped up by an evil ninja. If our spam filter is preventing you from creating generations and providing the tweets you want, please let us know by contacting us here.
Referrers are sites that users followed from when clicking on your generation's link. For example, if you posted a generation link on YouTube, any clicks that follow from YouTube will be noted as a referrer. The referrers' feature is designed to give you better insight with what's happening with your generation. The number to the right of each referrer's icon is the number of clicks incurred from that referrer.
We only selected a handful that count toward the referrer feature, these include YouTube, Vimeo, FaceBook, and Twitter. In the future we will add more to the list when suitable.
Why not display all referring sites?
We do not display all referring sites for several reasons. Firstly, not many want to see every single site that a user followed from. Mainly, having insight for every site can be crowding, and useless in a way where a generation may receive only a single click from smaller sites, which just adds to a list of unneeded data.
If you think otherwise, please get in touch with us, your feedback is welcome, and importantly, it's what makes this service geared towards you, the users.