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Monday, 3 March 2008

Daily Twitter digest on Movable Type - the old-school way...

Having mentioned it on my earlier blog post, I thought I might have a go at writing an automated script to collect a day's tweets and put them on my site somewhere. And yes, it did take me much of the day.

Since I don't write my blog all that often (well, the last few days have been something of an exception!), but use Twitter several times daily, I thought it was a good idea to chronicle my activities like this. Don't worry, though - I won't be blighting this blog with my daily dalliances - you may see that there's a link to the right under my current Twitter activity, which points to a new blog.It's automatically updated each night just before midnight with all the day's goings-on. A reasonably compromise, I'd hope.. and credit goes to Beth for suggesting it.

I could, I suppose, have used this as a learning exercise, to dip my feet into one of the more modern programming languages such as Python or Ruby On Rails, but I kept with convention, and used plain-old shell script, gawk and mtsend.py, based quite closely on my rather neglected moblog idea.

If you're in the slightest bit interested to see what I did, there's a zipped up file of the main bits and pieces here.

Posted by james at March 3, 2008 9:55 PM

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