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At the Code4Lib North 2012 Meeting in Windsor, I presented an informal Intro to the Twitter API session and write-up, targeted at folks who are looking to write their first Twitter bot.

Getting started with creating your own Twitter app is not terribly hard thanks to all the solid libraries that are out there; it's just that there are a number of fiddly bits that all need to get lined up together. Hopefully this write-up helps. =)

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Last weekend, a conversation about diversity took place on twitter between several prominent folks in the Agile and Testing communities. I think what was said needs to be archived for posterity, so I made a tool that helps do just that.

This is a straight-up transcript with no commentary. My response to some of the points that were raised is here.

Transcript of the conversation... )
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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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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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