Twitter Event Tracker

My friend Criag Cmehil put together a neat little service that fakes a group function in Twitter. Here’s the URL for the website.

The way it works is like this:

1) Follow “eventtracker” in Twitter

2) Send a Tweet to “@eventtracker start*oow” (in this case the group is “oow” for Oracle OpenWorld but you can create any group on the fly by entering a code)

3) Everything you tweet will now get picked up by the eventtracker and you will have an ad-hoc virtual group.

4) To stop the service sent “@eventtracker stop*oow” (or whatever your code is).

The important thing to remember about the first rev (and keep in mind that Craig coded this in just the last couple of days) is that from when you start the eventtracker to when you stop it everything is trapped by the service. There is no filtering in this first rev, but Craig tells me he is working on it.

Even if you are not attending the event in question this is a great way to interact with people who are there.

BTW, if you want to follow the action at OpenWorld this week, just bookmark this link for the full OOW twitter feed going through eventtracker, and judging by the activity already there it looks like this will be a fast building feed.

Props to Dennis for instigating this little project, it was his connecting of the dots that inspired Craig to apply his considerable intellect to the problem.

2 thoughts on Twitter Event Tracker

  1. It’s been an interesting trip so far but since OOW starts today I’m gonna hold off on any new changes (save a problem) so they can get full use out of it.

    Filter now works to only take the entries between “start” and “stop” so at the end of the day just “stop” and Tweet like normal. Next day, “start” again and you are off and rolling.

    10 folks as of 5 mins ago are Twittering for the OOW event keyword so with already 150+ entries it’s gonna be an interesting test run I think.

  2. Good work Craig!

    On a somewhat related note, this is pretty serendipitous. I’ve just implemented a similar feature as a content-timing service called WhenGuard (http://whenguard.com). Website visitors can create special timed links, known as jitlinks, around RSS feeds or any Internet content that has a URL. These jitlinks will automatically publish the content they mask at a given time (and can optionally, unpublish it too).

    If you set up a jitlink around a Twitter RSS feed with both a publish time and an unpublish time and then stick it in an infinitely caching reader like Google Reader, you’ve effectively created a time slice for feed content–the equivalent of Tivo for RSS.

    The service is in its early stages, so I’d appreciate any feedback I could get through the site’s feedback link: http://whenguard.com/feedback

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