Posts tagged ‘drtwoot’

The Twitter spam challenge

I loved this article on Twitter spam reporting by Ryan Irelan from a few days ago, and not just because it showed Dr. Twoot to be the most efficient. As Ryan says at the top of the post, Twitter spam is a big problem. Post a tweet that contains popular keywords (“iPad”, “iPhone”) and it’s…


TiVo’d tweets

OK, I realize that posts about Dr. Twoot aren’t especially useful or interesting to anyone other than me, but I need to finish off what I started two nights ago: a TiVo-like system for viewing my Twitter stream with a time delay. My motivation is straightforward. I often record live TV shows like the Oscars…


Viewing tweets on delay

Last night, during that brief period after I started watching the Oscars and before I fell asleep, I had an idea: Twitter clients need a “TiVo mode,” in which incoming tweets are delayed by an adjustable period to match how far behind real time you are.  — Dr. Drang (@drdrang) Sun Feb 26 2012 Brilliant, right?…


One-button Twitter spam reporting

Last year, I added some elementary spam detection and reporting to Dr. Twoot, my homemade Twitter client. It worked well enough at the time, but Twitter spammers have changed the format of their tweets and the detection algorithm just isn’t catching the bulk of the spam I get anymore. So I’ve updated Dr. Twoot by…


Regexes, BBEdit, and Twitter screen names

I found another bug in Dr. Twoot today. A pretty embarrassing one, given the context in which I found it. Here’s what my Twitter timeline looked like when I opened Dr. Twoot this morning: For some reason, the screen name for @bbedit_hints wasn’t turned into a link, only the @bbedit part was. It wasn’t too…


Twitter replies and JavaScript filtering

According to its Git history, I added a Reply to All button to Dr. Twoot back in September. Because I’m all clever and mathy and shit, the button I added for this looks like an upside-down A, which is the math symbol that means for all. It works like the Reply to All feature of…


Twitter spam again

When I added a simple spam-fighting addition to Dr. Twoot a couple of months ago, a couple of people wondered how effective it would be. So did I. It has just a couple of rules: A tweet is identified as spam if it’s from someone I don’t follow and it contains just my handle and…


Twitter’s shortened links

A few days ago Brett Terpstra tweeted a link to this post on the Twitter development blog. Changes to the way Twitter handles in-tweet links are coming, some in the indeterminate future of “eventually,” some in just a week. I needed to make some changes to Dr. Twoot to accommodate Twitter’s new ways. The changes…


Fighting Twitter spam in Dr. Twoot

Twitter spam takes many forms, but every spam tweet I’ve gotten in the past couple of weeks has looked like this: @drdrang http://t.co/z5WSLml10:13 PM Mon Jun 13, 2011@drangspam Drang Spam Tester The body of the tweet has been, apart from my handle and some whitespace, just a URL. I’ve been reporting the spammers right away,…


New key feature for Dr. Twoot

I’ve been meaning to add a feature to Dr. Twoot for a long time: the ability to submit a tweet via Cmd-Return in addition to clicking the Update button. Today I finally sat down and did it. Some Twitter clients use just the Return or Enter key to submit a tweet. That would have been…