That Time I Accidentally Invented Twitter

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A proposal to micro-blog via text.

A curio from the archives. Waaaaaay back in 2003, I was working at Vodafone on their graduate training scheme. One of their fancy new ideas was a crowd-sourced employee suggestion box for new business proposals. As an eager young grad I submitted dozens of ideas. Most of them were crap. But, as I looked back…

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Staking Claims with Scheduled Tweets

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The Twitter logo.

Twitter has a nifty new feature which allows you to schedule the publication of a Tweet. But, crucially, it doesn’t let the reader know when the message was originally written. How can you, as a publisher, prove that you wrote a scheduled Tweet at a specific time? Here’s one method. Write a Tweet which contains…

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More Phishers On Twitter

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A Twitter exchange. Virgin ask Dom for his address - which he gives. Then they ask for his full credit card details. He refuses.

My mate Dom was moaning to his ISP on Twitter. They sent him a private message so they could look into his account. Blimey! Thankfully, that was a pretty brazen and inept attempt at phishing. Anyone asking for all your card details like that should set the alarm bells ringing. Of course, phishers often target…

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OMG! Twitter release an OFFICIAL conversations API!

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An organic, branching tree view of a conversation.

One of the most requested Twitter API features is now available – the ability to get replies to a Tweet as a thread. Long time readers know that I’ve long been a fan of Visualising Twitter Conversations in 2D Space. But up until now you had to use horrible hacks to get the data. As…

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Building an “On This Day” site for your Twitter Account

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Several columns of Tweets. Each one from a previous year.

I wanted to see what I was Tweeting on this exact day last year. And all the years before. So I built a website! It’s a disgusting hack, and I’m truly sorry for unleashing it on you. Using the API You can’t. The Twitter search API only goes back 7 days. This whole idea would…

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PGP Sign Your Twitter Messages

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Message saying "Read alt text for PGP sig".

I’m not sure if I’m the first person to do this – but I’m going to claim credit anyway! Hello! This Tweet has been signed with my PGP Key. pic.twitter.com/ed4rcldlvw — Terence Eden (@edent) May 14, 2020 You can verify by pasting the alt text into keybase.io/verify – or by using your favourite command line…

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Finding your most popular Tweets

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The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

Twitter’s search interface has all sorts of lovely and obscure options. My three favourites are “min_retweets:”, “min_replies:”, and “min_faves:” Using those filters, you can create a search for Tweets which meet a certain threshold. For example, here are my Tweets which have been liked more than 500 times: twitter.com/search?q=from:edent min_faves:500 Here are the ones which…

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Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Feynman

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La mort, c'est un peu comme la connerie. Le mort, lui, il ne sait pas qu'il est mort. Ce sont les autres qui sont tristes. Le con, c'est pareil.

There are lots of celelbrities and famous academics on Twitter. Then there’s Professor Richard Feynman. Who died in 1988. Every so often, one of “his” pearls of wisdom is regurgitated into my Twitter feed. When you are dead, you don't know you are dead. It's pain only for others. It's the same thing when you…

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How I’d redesign Twitter (and why it won’t work)

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The Twitter logo drawn in circles.

Way back when Blackberry was the smartphone, my team at Vodafone obsessed over the idea of the “Unified Inbox”. “What if,” the marketing chaps said, “you could see all your notifications in one place!” Imagine a single inbox where your MySpace friend requests mingled with your Email. And your Facebook and Google Buzz notifications were…

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“file:///C:/users”

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List of Tweets where people have pasted a link to their local machine.

Once in a while, I’ll see someone Tweet a “link” to file:///C:/users/… – that’s the Microsoft Windows way of representing a location on a filesystem. Usually this means that the user has tried to either drag ‘n’ drop something, or copied a link from their file explorer. There are some (mild) infosec risks you should…

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