Posts tagged ‘twitter’

App dot not

With a big last-minute push from all the internet celebrities who signed up for it early, the perplexing app.net surged past its $500k Kickstarter-like goal this weekend and is going to be a thing. What kind of thing and why a bunch of smart people want that thing is still a mystery to me. The…


A few tweet archive utilities

You’re probably sick of my posts about making a local tweet archive. So this one’s about querying that archive and finding the tweets that are in it. You can, of course, open your archive file up in a text editor and use its search tools, but often it’s more convenient to do these things from…


Archiving tweets without IFTTT

Here’s a final bit of follow-up on the flurry of posts about Twitter and archiving tweets that I wrote early in the month. The way I left it, I was using the IFTTT web service to append new tweets to a text file in my Dropbox folder. Since I have no control over IFTTT, my…


Good embedded tweets

This morning I made a little funny on Twitter: Another thing that’s so 2006: Using screenshots instead of live embedded tweets. buzzfeed.com/mjs538/tweets-…  — Dr. Drang (@drdrang) Thu Jul 12 2012 9:11 AM CDT The linked article at BuzzFeed, 30 Tweets That Are So 2006, is a hipper-than-thou post—broken into two parts, the better to serve you…


Time zones in blackbirdpy

After figuring out how to get time zones straightened out in my Twitter archiving script, it seemed like a good idea to use that knowledge to improve my embedded tweets before I forget how. To embed tweets in my blog posts, I use my own variant on Jeff Miller’s blackbirdpy. Jeff’s Python script was itself…


Tweets, timestamps, time zones, and ThinkUp

If I were a little less anally retentive, it wouldn’t have bothered me that the timestamps in the tweet archive I generated from ThinkUp were off. But I am and it did. Some of the timestamps were right, some were off by one hour, some by five hours, and some by six hours. It drove…


Archiving tweets

Last night, Justin Blanton wrote about this interesting IFTTT recipe that archives your tweets in a plain text file in Dropbox. This morning, people began tweeting about it as they realized how nice it would be to have an archive like that sitting on your computer, always up to date within a few minutes. Brett…


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…


Yet another Twitter post

I realize I’ve been on a Twitter kick here lately, and I don’t want to overdo it, but there are two more Twittery things I want to mention. First, there’s this notice from Twitter, reminding developers (and that’s anyone who’s written any kind of program, script, or extension that interacts with the Twitter API) that…


Scholarship, Twitter, and the MLA

The Modern Language Association, known to college students throughout the land for its MLA Handbook, has a style guide for citing a tweet. I saw this article about it at The Atlantic over the weekend and promptly forgot about it until today, when Ricky Mondello (@rmondello) retweeted a link to a similar story by NPR.…