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Old 27th January 2010   #1
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Live updates to Twitter

Like whether this appears on twitter in the next 10 seconds
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Old 27th January 2010   #2
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OK, interesting... it does.

Looks like we have live twitter updates then :)
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Old 27th January 2010   #3
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great

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Old 27th January 2010   #4
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May not please you, but it pleases me.

It means that those monitoring Twitter for updates, especially of Classifieds stuff can now be pinged the instant a new thread is created using whatever client that they please.

So it becomes somewhat trivial for someone to obtain a live feed of "For Sale" adverts... which is pretty useful.
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Old 27th January 2010   #5
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Oh, and it also ensures that new threads are almost instantly indexed by Google and Bing.

I've tested and proven that updates to Twitter are one of the main triggers to getting search engines to index a page, I assume both search engines are drinking from the firehose.

I'm reckoning it's now under 90 seconds for a thread to be indexed and available as a search result in Google.
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Old 27th January 2010   #6
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We also now have live updates going over to friendfeed for pretty much the same reasons: Instant alerts via whatever tool you want to use, search engine benefits for the site.
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Old 27th January 2010   #7
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oh dear... too much coffee David??
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Old 27th January 2010   #8
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Time for a sit-down and a Creme Egg...
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Old 27th January 2010   #9
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You've earned it...
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Old 27th January 2010   #10
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For my next trick I shall deploy a legion of lemmings to throw themselves into the road in the shape of letters that spell out a new thread title.
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Old 27th January 2010   #11
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March 18th 2011, www.lfgss.com (a trading name of Cyberdyne Sytems) gains sentience and destroys us all.

We send The Pistanator back in time to try and destroy VB...

Last edited by adoubletap; 27th January 2010 at 14:26. Reason: fogot the plot
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Old 27th January 2010   #12
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lemmings
great game!
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Old 27th January 2010   #13
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yeah David.. stay away from the coffee son. maybe take some time out, bit of fresh air, maybe buy a dog so you can walk it.
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Old 27th January 2010   #14
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"oh yeah the forum only takes an hour or so of my time" Zzzzzz.... Zzzzz.... wake up forum i got stuff to show you!
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Old 27th January 2010   #15
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We also now have live updates going over to friendfeed for pretty much the same reasons: Instant alerts via whatever tool you want to use, search engine benefits for the site.
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Old 27th January 2010   #16
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great game!
Shit film. Avoid. 2.5 hours of my life I'll not get back.
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Old 27th January 2010   #17
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March 18th 2011, www.lfgss.com (a trading name of Cyberdyne Sytems) gains sentience and destroys us all.

We send The Pistanator back in time to try and destroy VB...
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Old 27th January 2010   #18
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Perhaps we should inviter her over for a lively discussion http://twitter.com/GloriaFallon123/status/7833148487
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Old 30th January 2010   #19
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just noticed this, its kind of cool.

is there a way of following individual threads on twitter?
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Old 30th January 2010   #20
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Now, I can make a full use of me iPhone
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Old 2nd February 2010   #21
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Oh, and it also ensures that new threads are almost instantly indexed by Google and Bing.

I've tested and proven that updates to Twitter are one of the main triggers to getting search engines to index a page, I assume both search engines are drinking from the firehose.

I'm reckoning it's now under 90 seconds for a thread to be indexed and available as a search result in Google.
Maybe I should be mentioning this to my clients? Thanks for the SEO tip. :)
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Old 2nd February 2010   #22
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Maybe I should be mentioning this to my clients? Thanks for the SEO tip. :)
An interesting one velocio, you finding them indexing the original post or the tweet linking to the post?
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Old 2nd February 2010   #23
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Velocio, you truly are a random genius legend.
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Old 2nd February 2010   #24
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An interesting one velocio, you finding them indexing the original post or the tweet linking to the post?
Google follows 301 redirects (of bit.ly) so it's the end page that gets indexed.

Not that Google is the only thing to follow the link. My stats show around 20 real people follow each link on average. So there's actual real user benefit way in excess of the SEO benefit.
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Old 2nd February 2010   #25
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Cool. I have some ideas for the tomorrow now.
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Old 2nd February 2010   #26
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OK, interesting... it does.

Looks like we have live twitter updates then :)
Heh, good job none of my posts qualify, as they tend to have more than 140 characters. Hang on ... *counts*
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Old 2nd February 2010   #27
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It's new threads only.

Thread prefixes = 12 chars.
bit.ly URL = 16 chars.
Thread title = 85 chars.

Easy within the 140 limit.
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Old 2nd February 2010   #28
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Phew.
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Old 8th March 2010   #29
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noticed that a few tweets lately haven't had an url in them, mild irritation when it's something i want to follow up on (*sigh* click type type lfgss click click ah! is too much for me).
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Old 8th March 2010   #30
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Eh? OK... I shall scurry and look.
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Old 8th March 2010   #31
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It appears to be the fault of bit.ly, or at least... the connectivity between the lfgss servers and bit.ly.

We need to bit.ly to shorten the URLs, but in doing so we're prone to losing the URLs whenever connectivity is temporarily lost between the two.
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Old 6th December 2012   #32
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Does the twitter feed give new threads in places that aren't public like the two polo subsections?

I'd assume not, is there a way to get them?

(subscribe to Lfgss.com/forum48.html or something?)
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Old 6th December 2012   #33
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The twitter feed only tweets stuff that is accessible to people not logged in.

As twitter is public, we only tweet the public stuff.
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Old 14th June 2013   #34
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im sure everyone totally knows by now and stuff, but there hasnt been a live update for 3 days. I guess to do with the fact that twitter retired a bunch of code
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Old 14th June 2013   #35
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I did not know, will look into it this weekend.
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Old 14th June 2013   #36
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They changed their API maybe a week ago. I can't remember details but we had to change a param for post count retrieval or something. ppi is now 'count'? I dunno but there's more changes so it's most likely broke back mountain now.
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Old 14th June 2013   #37
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Found my checkin. 'rpp' is now 'count'. That's the only change we made but we are only reading feeds, not posting to them.
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Old 9th August 2013   #38
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I take it this just doesn't happen/won't happen any more?

I used to use the twitter feed to understand the classifieds section.
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Old 2nd September 2013   #39
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This might be working again :)
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Old 2nd September 2013   #40
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Which is the consolation prize for some magic number being crossed that means some other part of the forum is now failing in some non-trivial way.
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Old 2nd September 2013   #41
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After I wrote the post above more shit broke a week later. They changed the whole auth process.
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Old 2nd September 2013   #42
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I know, the work I had done was deprecated before I launched it.
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