I rebuilt the code for the 104dev system using a WP-style architecture. As expected the messiest part was getting the directory paths right. I think the idea of putting most of the functionality into separate plugin directories will be a big win. There will be a very small core of tweet collection code and general […]
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I’ve been thinking about how to prepare the tweet aggregation code used for the dev tweets page. I know that I want to add multiple modules to the system, and make it easy to customize the appearance of the tweet list. This sounds a lot like the WordPress model with plugins and themes, so I’m […]
I finally finished the last tweaks to the JS file. Doing Ajax from within a JS file HTML loaded by a plugin requires some interesting adjustments. I didn’t want to hard code the Ajax calls, so I had to capture the current URL of the plugin directory and save that in a hidden div within […]
I’ve learned that follower count is greatly overrated as measurement of influence and popularity on Twitter. I now use the frequency a user is mentioned in tweets containing specific keywords instead. I’ve written a new tutorial on calculating and apply this idea of mention count to identify influential Twitter users.
One of the first things I work on with new clients is helping them to learn the vocabulary people use on Twitter. Clients who use the Web for marketing are very aware of the search terms that are most effective for ads and SEO, and they expect the same phrases to be used on Twitter. […]
I just finished a tutorial on the two methods of searching for tweets. Whenever this subject comes up on the Twitter developers mailing list, the usual response is that the streaming API is best, but that depends on your goals and programming ability. If you want to search for tweets in the past, or if […]
I just finished a tutorial on the proper way to use aggregated tweets for maximum SEO benefits, and I thought I should also write about the way to sell this benefit to clients. While most potential consulting clients recognize the effect Twitter has had on pop culture, they aren’t aware of how they could benefit […]
I had an interesting time getting the Twitter developer tweets onto a WordPress page. I explored lots of different paths: My first attempt was to use a plugin called Exec-PHP. This worked fine as a way of getting the tweet list to appear on a WordPress page, because I have the display code callable by […]
Along with providing the source code for the Twitter engineering tweet database, I also want to use it as a model for explaining the proper database and code architecture for aggregating tweets. I’ve got my first tutorial up now on the benefits of decoupling your website Twitter app from the Twitter API.