Posts Tagged ‘ twitter ’

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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Self-Improving Bayesian Sentiment Analysis for Twitter

August 27, 2010
Self-Improving Bayesian Sentiment Analysis for Twitter

That’s quite the mouthful. Let me start with a huge caveat: I’m not an expert on this, and much of it may be incorrect. I studied Bayesian statistics about fifteen years ago in university, but have no recollection of it (that sounds a bit like Bill Clinton: “I experimented with statistics but didn’t inhale...
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Migrating from Twitter Basic Authentication to OAuth Credentials

August 13, 2010

At the end of August 2010, all Twitter apps that use Basic Authentication to post/query the API will no longer work. Apps need to migrate to OAuth authentication, but this can be a little tricky. I’ve created something for my particular use-case that you might find useful too. I have a number of automated...
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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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Pimpin’ Mah Blogs

July 8, 2010
Pimpin’ Mah Blogs

This is my home on the web, but I run (or contribute to) a number of other blogs that you may or may not know about. For the sake of self-promotion, you might want to check these out and subscribe to the RSS feeds! (I’m currently obsessed with FeedBurner stats.) The Januarist (RSS, @thejanuarist)...
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Random Graph Generator

July 1, 2010
Random Graph Generator

I thought it would be kind of fun to create a random graph, using words from Twitter. So! Just head on over to: http://danzambonini.com/randomgraph/ and you’ll see a new random graph every hour (well, if you refresh the page every hour)! Please be warned: I don’t filter for swear words or other potentially nasty...
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PHP Script to Follow Someone Else’s Twitter Followers

June 6, 2010
PHP Script to Follow Someone Else’s Twitter Followers

I was going to write an introduction about how I don’t think that Twitter follower numbers are particularly important, but how/why I wrote this script anyway. But, to be honest, if you have a practical ethical use for this, that’s all I care about – who cares why I wrote it in the first...
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