Automagical Twitter feeds on artist pages

Twitter is really great.


But really – it is such a simple means of instantly getting hold of anyone you want, not to mention find out what’s going on in the world around you. All of that whist retaining the degree of privacy and separation that made the internet attractive to so many in the first place. Twitter created a world where where any lonesome bedroom Bieberette half way across the planet could hold out legitimate hope for a brief moment of acknowledgement from the chosen one. And that’s pretty special.

And lets not even mention that Yapamp’s first 50 or so real users have almost all come from Twitter.

Right from the start I’ve wanted the artist pages to be somewhere people can go to see all the latest happenings at a glance, and not just in terms of what the community around an artist page is saying, but what the artist is doing right now.

Of course adding a Twitter account for each artist page manually as the site grows would be totally insane. There’s already over two thousand and the site has just opened. So in an attempt to save hours, days and weeks of data entry hell, Yapamp finds the accounts on its own.

Unfortunately, as any computer program is only as smart as its programmer – Yapamp only gets it right most of the time. Until I can decide one something more elegant, there’s a little system in place for when a user wants to flag an incorrect account.

Hopefully this might curb any outbursts from bands who suddenly find themselves being represented by the tweets of a random Sudanese takeaway.


BTW, did I mention how great Twitter is?

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