Using Twitter To Predict The #GE2015 Outcome

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Here's a very silly idea. Can we use the number of followers each candidate has to predict who will win the election? No, probably not - but let's give it a try anyway, eh? Hypothesis Support on Twitter - as measured by the number of followers - is a reasonable predictor of electoral success. It […]

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This is what a graph of 8,000 fake Twitter accounts looks like

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Recently I've been plagued with Tweets saying that I'm "trending in London." As flattering as that is, it's not true. There appears to be a network of Twitter bots which are randomly repeating other people's tweets, ripping off avatars and bios, and generally causing a nuisance. Looking at the users' Twitter name, I don't think […]

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Working With The Twitter Videos API

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Twitter now allows people to upload videos directly to the micro-blogging platform. It's an attempt to bypass 3rd party sites like YouTube (owned by Google) and Instagram (owned by Facebook). In an uncharacteristic display of openness, Twitter's API allows developers to get direct access to video. This is a quick blog post to explain how […]

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Working With Twitter's Embedded Videos

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Twitter has just launched embedded videos in Tweets. How can we, as app designers, present them to our users? You can now shoot, edit and share video on Twitter. Capture life's most moving moments from your perspective. — Twitter (@Twitter) January 27, 2015 So, what options do we have? First of all, let's take […]

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How To Stop Twitter Auto Linking URLs

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Whenever you send a Tweet with a URL, Twitter automatically replaces the URL with a "" link. This means that long links only count for 23 characters against Twitter's 140 character limit. Mostly, that's great - but sometimes it's not. Inspired by this StackOverflow question, I decided to see if it was possible to write […]

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Writing A "Choose Your Own Adventure" Story On Twitter

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I've spent the last few days writing a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) game on Twitter. This blog post briefly discusses how I did it - and what pitfalls I discovered when creating it. But, first, if you want to play.... You should probably be asleep. I've created a "Choose You Own Adventure" on Twitter. […]

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Why Does Twitter Think Facebook is Swedish?

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I've nothing against the Swedes. Lovely people. Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area. But I'm not from there. Neither, as far as I am aware, is Facebook. But Twitter seems to think so. When I share a link to Twitter on Facebook, this (sometimes) happens. And sometimes, I get this […]

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Introducing @1st_Folio_Scans - Shakespeare's First Folio on Twitter

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As part of the Shakespeare Hackday I attended a few weeks ago, we discussed some creative uses of social media. Could we find people tweeting rhyming couplets from the sonnets, for example? I decided, in the limited time available, to create something much simpler. Because the Bodleian Library's scans of the First Folio are under […]

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2FA Best Practice - Disable Autocomplete

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Just a short usability / security post. Hopefully, you're all using Two-Factor Authentication on your important sites. As well as a username and password, you've also got to enter a one-time code. Usually it is generated by an app, or sent to you via SMS. Each code can only be used once - which makes […]

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Please Stop Retweeting Without Verifying

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If you've been on Twitter for any length of time, you'll have seen dozens of plaintive requests like this. The same happens with missing people, lost dogs, and urgent political causes. Yes, it can be a little annoying to see the same thing again and again - but it's all for a good cause, right? […]

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