I've been backing up my Twitter stream for a while. I think I have all my tweets, having gotten around to backing them up just before tweet #1 disappeared behind the limits of the Twitter API. My archive of the rest of the stream, the tweets of all the folks I follow, is spottier because the stream goes by faster.
Tim’s observations about the relationship between blogging and Twitter ring true to me. His follow up about injecting tweets into his weblog both sounded like a good idea and provided a small challenge: if Tim can inject his tweets into his weblog, can I do the same?
Well, yes, of course. I can wrangle XML to do just about anything. And so I have. The technical infrastructure that does the work is a MarkLogic server running an app not unlike the system I started to describe before. [You must revise and finish that someday, —ed.]
Like Tim, I'm going to publish them a week at a time on Mondays. Unlike Tim, I'm displaying the tweets (mine and the ones I mark as favorites) in the context of the conversations in which they appear. All of the tweets are displayed with their attribution. Tweets that I've marked as favorites are marked with a “star” icon (or the alt text “FAV” if you're not using a graphical browser).
There are all sorts of open questions in my mind about whether these generated essays should appear in feeds, on the homepage, etc. For the moment, I'm excluding all the archival essays and treating the essay for last week as a normal essay.
We'll see what happens…