These are the things I've written that are tagged "twitter"

Twitter Sort

Cheeky as hell: Twitter Sort is a sorting algorithm that takes advantage of the Twitter API. You pass the script the numbers you would like sorted and it will tweet a request asking for somebody to sort them. When someone replies with a sorted version of the numbers, it will print them to the console […]

Old Slang: Appreciating Webster’s with Bots

Peter Organisciak: The medium of Twitter bot offers us the ability to shine a spotlight on the entries as individual entities; “hence, conspicuous public notice“. While it is certainly possible to look up all the words, perhaps dig through my Github account to find them, there is a different dynamic of attention with a tweet. […]

Introducing Twitov

Twitov is a generative text bot that takes your Twitter history file and uses it to make new Tweets based on your own personality. It’s free, all you need is your Twitter history file. Twitov is an Extra Future 6-hour project that ballooned into a week-long one. Whoops. Previous ExFu 6-hour Projects include Kove (a […]

Tent

A sort of counterpoint to App.net, Tent is a truly decentralized social media protocol. It even integrated with Tor to help those in nations that which to stifle free speech. It’s a protocol, like HTTP or email, not just a service. It’s fully open source. This is interesting. I hope that it becomes more friendly […]

Twitter Introduces Expanded Tweets

Embedded rich content on the web and official Twitter apps. You’ve probably expanded Tweets before to play videos from YouTube or see photos from Instagram. Now, a diverse and growing group of new partners like the The Wall Street Journal, Breaking News, and TIME also deliver rich content inside Tweets containing a link to those […]

Twitter Implements Do Not Track Privacy Option

Another big privacy / security win for Twitter. They’re using a new feature in Firefox called, appropriately, “Do Not Track“: Do Not Track is a step toward putting you in control of the way your information is collected and used online. Do Not Track is a feature in Firefox that allows you to let a […]

Twitter Introduces the Innovator’s Patent Agreement

Good news on this Tuesday morning: The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive […]

A Comparative Analysis Of The Differing Approaches Twitter and Facebook Take To “Share” Buttons And What It Might Say, Philosophically Speaking, About Each As A Company

Visually, the “Share” and “Tweet” buttons are very similar, and are structured identically. On the code-side, however, they are very much the product of two different companies with, I would argue, different outlooks on the web as a whole and HTML specifically. Facebook’s “Share” Button <a name=”fb_share” type=”button_count” share_url=”someurl” href=”http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php”>Share</a><script src=”http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share” type=”text/javascript”></script> There is no […]

Compromising Twitter’s OAuth security system

Ryan Paul for Ars: Twitter officially disabled Basic authentication this week, the final step in the company’s transition to mandatory OAuth authentication. Sadly, Twitter’s extremely poor implementation of the OAuth standard offers a textbook example of how to do it wrong. This article will explore some of the problems with Twitter’s OAuth implementation and some […]

“Twitter isn’t your audience. It’s your community.”

Andrew Mayne for Hidden Frequency: […] It’s easy to tell the difference: The guy on stage at the concert is in front of his audience. The people in the stands are in their community. When the concert is over the audience vanishes but the community continues; with or without the man on stage. The stage […]

Liblr, The Twitter Mad Lib Machine

Liblr is an Extra Future 6-hour Project which takes the public Twitter stream and lets your replace one phrase with another, in the name of fun. An example, taking the phrase ‘had sex’ and replacing with ‘played scrabble’ gives you gems like the following: Is it normal for a 21 year old boy to have […]

URL-Shortening Service tr.im To Shut Down

URLs will continue to function until 31 December 2009 and will then go dead. Yet another reason to use a self-hosted short URL service with a system like my own la petite url. Update: tr.im has reversed it’s decision to shut down.

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