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Over the past weekend, some folks in the software testing community had a lengthy Twitter conversation about diversity. Being asleep at the time, I completely missed it.

Twitter facilitates some amazing multi-user conversations, but they can be very difficult to follow unless you happen to be playing along in real-time. Things like threaded replies help somewhat, but the flow of the conversation isn't back & forth between pairs of people -- it's more like a roundtable with several people all speaking to each other. I find the easiest way to make sense of things is just to view all the tweets posted by all the participants on one page, sorted by the time that they were posted. Thus, I made a tool to do just that. As an added bonus, if you want to keep a record of a conversation for posterity's sake, it's easy to do so.

The code for Twiner is posted on GitHub. This is a pretty quick and dirty script; it does what I needed it to do, but nothing more. If people find it useful, though, I'd be happy to clean it up, and I'm more than happy to accept patches.

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Rick Scott

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Canadian philosopher-geek who's profoundly interested in how we can collaborate to make technology work better for everyone. He's an incorrigible idealist, an open source contributor, and a staunch believer in testing, universal access, and the hacker ethic.

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