2008-04-22 Twitter

You can check my current status message on a website (and this post used to transclude the text back into Oddmuse again).

The status itself was sent to a Twitter Bot via GTalk, who posted it to Twitter, which got picked up by TwitterAdium and set as the status message for all my accounts in Adium, which in turn was picked up by a JabberLand bot I had added to my contact list, and included on that first page I linked to. Scary.

I’m sort of looking for the way to set all my status messages from a single place. This seems to work!

I still don’t get the Twitter craze, but perhaps I need some more friends on Twitter to appreciate “it”.

Via GreyWulf’s Ten Reasons Twitter Will Take Over The World.

This reminds me of LJ Bot (Frank) – if you send him a message using your Talk acount, the message will turn into a LiveJournal blog post.

A long time ago I had a proof of concept using a programmable bot that did the same thing for Oddmuse. :)

Bots rule.



If you want to add more friends, I recommend using Twubble. It scans your friend’s freinds and lists those that occur in more than one of your friend’s lists. The idea is that if several of your friends like what they say, chances are you will to. And you know what? It works :)

I picked up around 100 new folks to follow using Twubble, and a fair percentage of those followed me back in return too. Which is nice. The sheer noise of 300 people actively tweeting is terrific!

GreyWulf 2008-04-22 19:06 UTC

And you didn’t think bots checking your contact lists was creepy? I guess I’m still under the influence of events in the Internet dark ages where friends discovered services that kept contact info up to date and started out by sending an email to all your contacts. That was very creepy.

AlexSchroeder 2008-04-22 19:10 UTC

That’s one of the (many) things that makes twitter so cool. When everything is public, privacy doesn’t matter. :)

GreyWulf 2008-04-22 19:46 UTC

Ah... I tried it and now I get it. Not creepy. Plus you’re my only friend on Twitter so Twubble doesn’t find any friends of two friends.

The creepy part is “We can check if anyone in your email contacts already has a Twitter account” – you just provide your email adress and your password... Oops!

AlexSchroeder 2008-04-22 20:13 UTC

Yeh. I’m unsure of those too. There are far too many services requesting your gmail username and password these days. In an ideal world, gmail would provide an rss feed of all your contacts. Now, that would be cool.......

GreyWulf 2008-04-22 21:51 UTC

Ok, it seems that today a friendly American idiot discovered that I have joined and is registering the feeds of a gazillion American politicians as “follower”. Twits, all of them!! If I don’t block them I’m in fact increasing their pagerank. How do I deal with this? I don’t want spammers!

AIM was great in the old days: If somebody did something annoying, the mere doing of the act enabled recipients to give you a “warning” – and that automatically prevented you from adressing anybody whose warning level was less than yours (ie. almost everybody else except for the very people that you warned instead). That meant that as long as you were polite to strangers you had zero warnings and no problems.

I don’t want to just block spammers. I want to block them and deny them the use of the service for a while. That’s true Web 2.0 Spam Protection! ✊ ✊ ✊

AlexSchroeder 2008-04-24 21:44 UTC

Spammers are the only reason I think guns are a good idea. Them, and politicians. And old people in queues. And.... hmmm. I better stop now.

In twitter, I just ignore the spammers. They’re welcome to follow me, but I won’t do the same back so I don’t get to see what they’re trying to peddle. I don’t care if it gets their pagerank up; that’s Google’s job to fix an abuse of their system.

GreyWulf 2008-04-24 23:12 UTC

Grrr. The blocking cycle requires way too many clicks. Click on the list of followers, wait for reload, click on the block button, click on the ok button, and repeat.

AlexSchroeder 2008-04-26 08:40 UTC

Also strange: Several total strangers have started following me. One appears to be a D&D player. Another appears to be a journalist in Zürich. They have no apparent spam agenda, so I’m not blocking them.

AlexSchroeder 2008-04-26 22:58 UTC

Hi Alex, I’ve read this and checked if you are already on Twitter. Doing so, I accidently sent you an invitation by e-mail. I hope you don’t mind. :-)

Stefan Bucher 2008-05-04 15:04 UTC

Of course not. :)

AlexSchroeder 2008-05-04 19:29 UTC

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