Posts Tagged ‘ data ’

Quick Twitter API Tip: Don’t Make Requests on The Hour

March 12, 2011
Quick Twitter API Tip: Don’t Make Requests on The Hour

The title says it all, really. I’m currently running two almost-identical scripts that pull data from the Twitter API every half an hour. The first version of the script runs at :00 and :30 minutes past every hour, and the second version at :05 and :35 minutes past every hour. The on-the-hour/half-hour script fails...
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The Uncomfortable Truth about Twitter Autofollowing: It Works

July 10, 2010
The Uncomfortable Truth about Twitter Autofollowing: It Works

The number of real Twitter followers you have matters. And using borderline-spammy techniques to get those followers works too. I run a blog called Amorphous Blog, which has a Twitter account at @amorphousblog. I spend quite a lot of time researching and writing posts for the blog (often hours at a time), so at the...
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Tumblr vs WordPress SEO, Revisited: The Aftermath

June 15, 2010
Tumblr vs WordPress SEO, Revisited: The Aftermath

Almost four weeks ago, I switched my personal blog (this very one) from Tumblr to WordPress, because I didn’t think Tumblr was particularly versatile or good for SEO. The graph above shows my search engine referrer numbers, by the week. I realise this isn’t a huge amount of evidence yet, but it would seem...
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Museum Search: Recommendations

June 5, 2010
Museum Search: Recommendations

About four weeks ago, I played around with a huge log of people’s search data from a museum/gallery/collections website. Lots of interesting little findings ‘fell out’ of the analysis, that I thought I’d quickly share with you: Museum search boxes should be at least 20 characters wide. It’s diminishing returns after that. Museum searches...
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