- deleted accounts: 449 (13.98%)
- accounts with 1 tweet: 21 (0.65%)
- accounts with 2 tweets: 32 (1.00%)
- other accounts: 2706 (84.27%)
- total: 3211
January 28, 2010
January 27, 2010
To that end I wrote a python script to "audit" shorty award votes. Given a username, the script will scrape shortyawards.com for voters, and hit their twitter.com profile to generate a file containing 2 columns: username and number of updates. Users with deleted accounts will have -1 updates.
I have ran the script for @mercola, and at the time of data collection (UTC 1100) this is the breakdown of where the votes came from:
- deleted accounts: 348 (12.07%)
- accounts with 1 tweet: 407 (14.11%)
- accounts with 2 tweets: 288 (9.98%)
- other accounts: 1838 (63.71%)
- total: 2885
- deleted accounts: 113 (6.50%)
- accounts with 1 tweet: 41 (2.35%)
- accounts with 2 tweets: 47 (2.70%)
- other accounts: 1542 (88.42%)
- total: 1744
January 10, 2010
Given that we can have purely numeric domains, i.e. 131500.info, why not have domains that map to our mobile phone numbers for personal use?
What's the point? For one, you can give out your public mobile number instead of your website, since it is much easier to communicate numbers than domain names. This can be used to communicate other information that is difficult to convey by voice, e.g. emails, skype names, etc. A simple website at $your_mobile.mob would overcome all these.
This obviously has privacy implications, and as such should be entirely opt-in.
Any such system would need to be regulated, ideally controlled by carriers. A custom TLD like .mob would probably be a good idea too. One must also keep in mind however that such easily predictable domain names will be targeted by spammers.Cheers,
January 05, 2010
Some of you might know I have been working on a little iPhone app called GeoNote (iTunes link). Its basic goal is to allow you to annotate the real world by allowing you to leave little messages (notes) which are "pinned" to real world locations. These little messages are visible to anyone running GeoNote.
Initially GeoNote had a rather unflattering interface: just a List View of notes. However as the iPhone SDK and the iPhone itself evolved, GeoNote also evolved. First it gained Map view, which was much more intuitive and useful, then with the iPhone 3GS and a bit of time on my hands, GeoNote gained Augmented Reality view:
Cool isn't it :D It is available in GeoNote 2.0, but only for people with iPhone 3GS. GeoNote will run on iPod touch and iPhone 3G, but AR will not be available.
The Augmented Reality View is activated by holding the phone up like you would to take a landscape picture, with the home button on the right. The colour scheme is customisable, since I haven't found a nice set of colours. It looks rather retro'ish with the default green colour scheme:
There are a lot of things that cane be done better, like a nice way to select notes, and more customisation for things like limiting distance, etc. But as they say, release early, release often :-)
For more on the app, visit: http://gtd.pictorii.com. It is rather nasty right now, I will work on that :)