I quickly wanted to shout out the latest features of groovytweets that were implemented that last couple of days:
- RSS/ATOM feeds via Google’s Feedburner (I just realize I am using 100% Google services: Hosting, Feed Hosting, Ads…). There are two feeds available: a feed with all the latest tweets and one only with the important tweets. Important tweets are tweets that have been at least retweetet once (within the community). Feedburner also offers you subscriptions via Email based on those feeds. These feeds are refreshed every 15 minutes.
- Retweeting of important messages. Once a message has reached the first relevancy level, the twitter user ‘groovytweets‘ is now retweeting this status. I had several iterations on this one, as it was first not quite clear what measures it takes not to disturb my own retweet counting, etc., but finally it seems to work. If you follow groovytweets on twitter, this will allow you so identify ‘trending tweets’ quickly. On the other hand the email/RSS feeds allow you to catch up once or twice a day.
- Not exactly a feature, but groovytweets now increased the threshold to follow new people. There have to be at least 3 mentions in the public timeline of another current groovytweets friend to become a new friend. At the same time, we still accept friend suggestions (send me a regular message with <suggest @username>).
- a couple new retweet formats were added.
- minor changes: we have a favicon, important RSS feed is linked in HTML head, etc
Thank you all for clicking the Google Ads by the way. We got a nice click-through rate, which also made me some Euros so far. Believe me, this money will flow back into the service. We just reached about 40% of the compute allowance for one day. Especially the RSS feeds (hence memcaching the data) will eat up a lot more.
I am also thinking about giving groovytweets a proper open-source license. It is just not something I am particularly good at, so I will look into this topic soon. If there are some good tutorials/guidelines out there, please let me know. I also believe that the more abstract form of groovytweets really has some business potential, so I want to choose a license wisely.