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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

twitter bots

I've been busy the last few weeks creating some RTÉ twitter bots. They provide an individual twitter channel for all the RTÉ news feeds.

I also got a Nob Nation Twitter feed going to update you with the latest sketches and direct links to the MP3's to listen to! twitter.com/NobNation

I was actually surprised that all the names had not been taken and I even managed to get twitter.com/rte! I was inspired by the excellent BBC breaknews bot and other feed bots from menti.net.

What other names/feeds need to be twitter'ized!?

7 comments:

  1. Very handy! Cheers!

    I was wondering who started these actually - figured it was a safe bet RTÉ themselves weren't to blame :)

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  2. To blame!? lol! That's me!

    Well if RTÉ do read this, you can get in contact with me if you want me to take them down, but i think it increases readership! Already 25 followers!

    Also see: http://ie.blognation.com/2007/09/27/rte-news-on-twitter/

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  3. Well done Darren, I started following the RTE news bot a week or so ago I think. In my innocence I thought RTE had somehow got a clue but it's nice to see someone else doing something useful with their feed!

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  4. Thanks Donnacha! Now at 226 followers, people seem to like them!

    Way cheaper than RTÉ's text alerts!

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  5. If you want to take a look on a bot which provides the scores for the main football (soccer) competitions, check http://twitter.com/twitscores

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  6. Anonymous25/9/09 11:20

    Why do the headlines repeat themselves frequently? It's really annoying, I get the same headlines several times over during the day.

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  7. It uses twitterfeed and the RTÉ rss news feed. Everytime they update a news article, (sometimes they just update the date), the rss feed is republished and twitterfeed thinks that it is a new item and publishes it again.

    Any ideas how to get around it?

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