All posts tagged: Twitter

How To: Write a RTing Twitter bot in PHP

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geek / how to

File this one under “stuff I’ve been meaning to look up for ages”: yesterday I finally sat down and wrote a Twitter-bot. You know the kind – a dedicated account that looks for updates containing a certain word or phrase, then retweets them – I often end up being tweeted by @redscarebot, for example. Anyhow, here’s how to write your own, in just a few lines of PHP. You’ll need: 1) A server running PHP […]

When bad news makes money, making up bad news is good business

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fuckwittery / journalism

The other day a message scrolled past in my Twitter feed: Which made me think: if the sea off Fukushima really were boiling, I’m pretty sure we would have heard about it. Except if there were some sort of amazing cover-up, in which case why would NHK (which is, essentially, the Japanese BBC) be showing pictures? Doesn’t make sense. But a quick search showed that the photo was being shared left, right and centre – […]

How to remove “Who to follow” from Twitter

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fuckwittery / geek / how to

Twitter’s new “Who to follow” thing is as dumb as a bag of rocks. Here’s how to remove it from Firefox in ten easy steps: Go here and install the Stylish Firefox extension. Restart when prompted. Click tools, then Add-ons. Click the new User Styles tab Click “Write new style” Give it the name Twitter_WTF, tag it Twitter In the main box, enter this: #recommended_users{display:none;} Click Save If there’s an Enable button, click it Close […]

Crushing predictability

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fuckwittery / journalism

Further to my bitter ramblings about the way that every news event is followed by crap articles explaining how Twitter saved the day, yesterday evening a plane ditched in the Hudson river. Today, with crushing predictability, we get the Twangles – first from The Guardian (check out the headline) then from the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, who amazingly found out about the crash at 21.45 thanks to the wonder of microblogging. Great. Brilliant. Except that I […]

Introducing Twangle, Twinute and Twingo.

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The Guardian, 19 May 2008 (link) Why Twitter is the canary in the news coalmine Last Monday, when an earthquake struck China’s Sichuan province, word of it spread quickly from witnesses on the shaking ground via Twitter, the mobile-and-web microblogging service where users share brief, 140-character-long updates with friends.” The Guardian, 28 November 2008 (link) Twitter comes of age with fast reports from the ground From the moment the first shots were fired, the internet […]