Debate 2.0

Last week during the presidential debate, the country was a-twitter. There were a bunch of sites doing some sort of realtime web 2.0 shows of the debate, with a lot of these using twitter and hashtags. If anyone knows of any sites that I haven't listed below, please let me know

We had the TV, a couple of laptops, and a few bottles of wine going and it turned out to be great fun.

My favorite site was definitely Current's Hack the Debate It displays the video/audio of the debate, as well as real time tweets that are tagged with #current. This is where I'll be spending most of my time.

Twitter weighs in with

#tweetdebate was an experiment to use twitter to track in real time who is winning, this is tracked using See the [site]( debates-sept-26/) for rules.

Other websites with twitter mashups for the debate
C-SPAN (democrats)
C-SPAN (republicans)
[NPR]( .html) (#factcheck)

I'm cooking dinner / having wine for the VP debate tonight with some friends. Follow us up on twitter if you want to join in on the fun.поездка в танзанию

Twitter enters the Porn industry

Just got this at work, I must have missed the memo...

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_If you feel access to this site has a valid business justification, we welcome you to submit a request to access the site which will be reviewed for compliance with [my company here] Policy. _

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Date: 2008-09-23 14:20:25

Mars Robot twittered from Space

The Mars Phoenix robot found water on mars and what does it do? Sends a tweet

"Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, WATER ICE on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!"

twitter2gTalk Goes Live!

Get your tweets onto Google Talk!

Twitter: A free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (SMS), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook.

gTalk: (Google Talk) is a Windows and web-based application for voice over internet (VOIP) and instant messaging, offered by Google.

twitter2gTalk: Takes your current tweet and sets it as your Google Talk status (away) message.

I've been toying with this for a while now. I really wanted to launch twitter2gTalk as a service that anyone could use. I had the backend code all done and was dragging my feet writing the django front-end. I went to a hackathon for Google AppEngine and converted most of the code to run on that. You need a Google Account to login, but then again, you need one to use gTalk anyway.

I hope some people will find this cool or useful (some people have been waiting for this and already signed up). Feel free to follow me or the app on twitter for feature updates or subscribe to this blog.

Update Google Talk status with Twitter

I've had this idea in my head for a while and just got it to work this morning.

Basically you send a tweet from Twitter and this script runs, picks up your current twitter status, and if need be, updates your gChat status. I'm working on a service version of this where you could use to do all this for you. Stay tuned =) If I change the version of the script that I have running in the service, you will be able to see the source code that I have checked in [here]( wered/source/browse/trunk/gpowered/scripts/

For those of you that don't know what Twitter is: _
"Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (e.g. on a cell phone), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and instantly delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone is the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email or through an application. For SMS, four gateway numbers are currently available: short codes for the USA, Canada, and India, as well as a UK number for international use. Several third parties offer posting and receiving updates via email." (Wikipidia)_


import sys, xmpp, os, twitter

class Twitter2gChat:

    twitter_login = os.environ['TWITTER_LOGIN']
    twitter_pass = os.environ['TWITTER_PASS']
    google_login = os.environ['GOOGLE_LOGIN']
    google_pass = os.environ['GOOGLE_PASS']

    twitter_status = None
    updated = False
    catches = 0

    #keep looping and wait for xmpp response
    def GoOn(self,conn):
        while self.StepOn(conn):

    #keep listening for responses
    def StepOn(self,conn):
        except KeyboardInterrupt:
                return 0
        return 1

    #handle responses
    def iqHandler(self, conn,iq_node):
        print 'in iqHandler'
        self.catches = self.catches + 1

        #we have looped enough, die
        if self.catches == 4:
            print 'i think we did it'

        #print response, don't need to send anything back    
        if self.updated == True:
            print iq_node

        #havn't updated yet, sent status update
            #we can build of response
            node = iq_node.getChildren()[0]

            #remove what we don't ned

           #update the current status
            curr_status = node.getChildren()[0]

            #no need to update
            if curr_status.getData() == self.twitter_status:
                print 'status is already tweet'


            #set response

            print 'sending'
            print iq_node
            self.updated = True
            print 'end of iqHandler\n\n'

    #start talking to the server and update status
    def updateGtalkStatus(self):

        if not cl.connect(('',5222)):
            print 'Can not connect to server.'
        if not cl.auth(jid.getNode(),self.google_pass):
            print 'Can not auth with server'

        #build query to get current status
        iq = xmpp.Iq()

        node = xmpp.Node()
        node.setAttr('xmlns', 'google:shared-status')

        print iq

        #register with server and send subscribe to status updates


    #get current twitter status
    def getTwitterStatus(self):
        api = twitter.Api(username=self.twitter_login, password=self.twitter_pass)
        self.twitter_status = api.GetUserTimeline(self.twitter_login, 1)[0].text

        #don't want to use replies
        if self.twitter_status.find('@') >= 0:

t = Twitter2gChat()