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Comments and Suggestions Thread, twitter in EduGeek Stuff; Originally Posted by localzuk Nah, twitter is useful for some things. Grumbledook makes good use of it, for example. Yeah, ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Nah, twitter is useful for some things. Grumbledook makes good use of it, for example.
    Yeah, but I have made a conscious choice to try and limit Twitter to professional activities or links with other professionals, with facebook as a more personal tool for linking with friends and family.

    I also use it as a not taking tool at conferences and events. Learning how to take notes in 140 characters or less is interesting, but also means I can make use of hashtags to link with others doing similar.

    I know of many that are teh typical 'dave' and I have had to explain to them why I have unfollowed them, and then pointed out that by using selective twitter on FaceBook I can still see what they do anyway.

    Oh ... but some of the trend tags can be so much fun. #oneletteroffmovies has been fun this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Edugeek runs on vBulletin, not phpBB now. You can add your own twitter account in your profile already. How else do you want it to integrate?
    Isn't the Twitter API something other sites can implement too, not just Twitter itself? So you could point your Twitter-ing client at EduGeek for it to pick up updates or whatever - you wouldn't have to create an account on Twitter.com. Note that I don't think this is a particularly useful idea - I don't see what advantage such an API would have over RSS - but hey, someone asked. It might be a simple vBulletin plugin.

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    You could do it with WordPress. Problem you would have is you'll need a lot of twitter accounts. Personally just do it for the main announcements then see how it goes... that's if you're going to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Isn't the Twitter API something other sites can implement too, not just Twitter itself? So you could point your Twitter-ing client at EduGeek for it to pick up updates or whatever - you wouldn't have to create an account on Twitter.com. Note that I don't think this is a particularly useful idea - I don't see what advantage such an API would have over RSS - but hey, someone asked. It might be a simple vBulletin plugin.

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    I don't think that would be allowed - as the Twitter API and functionality are copyrighted etc... ie. copying Twitter's functionality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Isn't the Twitter API something other sites can implement too, not just Twitter itself? So you could point your Twitter-ing client at EduGeek for it to pick up updates or whatever - you wouldn't have to create an account on Twitter.com. Note that I don't think this is a particularly useful idea - I don't see what advantage such an API would have over RSS - but hey, someone asked. It might be a simple vBulletin plugin.

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    afaik the twitter api is simply a means to input data to or retrieve data from twitter. you get the data out in xml or json format iirc

    so data flows like:

    Twitter > API > xml > client

    it's plausible that edugeek could create xml data in the exact same format as twitter, but I doubt any twitter clients allow connecting to "other sources". Unless someone was to create one that accessed edugeek data in that fashion. Although it is still akin to reinventing the rss wheel

    however a random thought just popped into my head...an edugeek desktop client, whereby you can interact with edugeek threads without opening a browser and IM with other online users. hmm you could effectively run a live helpdesk with such a thing. imagine such a thing with a periodic guest helplines say one staffed by capita or sophos ~ how handy would that be!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I don't think that would be allowed - as the Twitter API and functionality are copyrighted etc... ie. copying Twitter's functionality.
    [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StatusNet"]StatusNet / Laconica[/ame] seems to be offering a Twitter-compatible API, so it's possible. Hey, this is pointless - I don't have any need for a Twitter API to be bolted on to EduGeek, I have enough distraction as it is!

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