posted on May, 9 2011 @ 01:10 PM
reply to post by ~Lucidity
It sorts by the tag at the end of the tweet URL, which gives the tweet a unique, and sequential, number to identify it. To place the tweet in the
middle of tweets from April 28, they would have to hack the process that assigns these tags and give it a tag between two April 28 tweets.
But, then, there are no free tags from April 28 to assign to the tweet once that date goes by, because, as I said, tags are assigned sequentially.
They would have to, perhaps, reassign the URL of a tweet from April 28 to the back-dated tweet about seeing the ticker headline, removing the original
tweet and replacing it with the new one.
hacking the process that assigns the tag in the URL, swapping the older tweet for the newer (back-dated) one, and all at once, because all of these
operations occur within a fraction second. It's not a simple hack... it's one that requires almost an insider understanding of how Twitter assigns
tags to the URL in order to mess with that process. And, even then, I don't know if it's possible to do so. Let me think about it a little more...