Volume 11, Issue 36; 05 Apr 2008; last modified 08 Oct 2010

A couple of attempts at interesting twitter applications.

I've been using Twitter for a while now. My timeline says since about September.

I won't say much about Twitter, there's lots of commentary about. I enjoy the “ambient water cooler” effect of the stream of tweets and occasionally it's a really quick way to get information.

It occurred to me the other day that there might be things that I'd like to add to that stream, so I did a couple of experiments. I wrote a little “feed to twitter” gateway. Kinda cool, but having written it, I haven't thought of any feeds that I feel have that kind of urgency.

Then I wrote a little “email to twitter” gateway for SVN commit messages. That one, I actually deployed. If you follow “@docbookproject”, you'll get a tweet everytime someone does a commit to the DocBook Project at SourceForge.

I've also setup “@docbook”, “@xproc”, and “@ndwxproc”. I'll be using those too, but I'm not sure exactly how just yet.