Twittert account: tweet rate

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William Brombal Chinelato

25 Mar, 2010 11:15 PM

I started following RubyGems on Twitter a few weeks ago because I thought it would be great to be updated about the new gems and new versions.

Unfortunately, I had to stop following RubyGems because the "tweet rate" is just too high. For example: a user updated his gem 5 times in a row and I got 5 tweets. In the end, 90% of the tweets I was getting was from RubyGems, telling me about every single update.

My suggestion would be send less updates, maybe every 30-40 minutes. This would reduce drastically the number of tweets. The new tweet could send a link to a page in RubyGems where I would find all the gems that were updated so far, highlighting those that are more important. For example: activerecord 2.3.5, activesupport 2.3.5, ..., more at [some address].

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Eric Hodel on 25 Mar, 2010 11:17 PM

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    Why not use the RSS feed instead?

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Nick Quaranto on 26 Mar, 2010 01:07 AM

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    I follow @RubyGems (along with 600 other accounts) so it's just noise to me. I think the purpose of the account is to be high volume since it really is a real-time stream.

    I'll propose a challenge: Using the gem webhook system, can you have a twitter account that spits out rubygem updates for every rubygem that is updated, yet doesn't tweet as often? I'm honestly not sure how you would do it while still making each gem release retweetable (the original purpose of having the account)

  3. 3 Posted by William Brombal... on 26 Mar, 2010 11:51 AM

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    I agree with you Nick. The purpose of the account is to update the followers about the gems new versions.

    My complain is that a tweet for every update seems a little bit too much. In the end, you don't really read all the updates, because some gems are not that interesting (and, for some reason, these are the ones that get most of the updates).

    My suggestion would be creating a page in RubyGems where we could access and see the updates of day X, split in time. For example, I would access the page "2010-03-26 updates" and I see all updates for this particular day. I would also have the possibility to filter the updates by gem, author and time of the day (considering that the updates are compiled on a time basis).

    Finally, the Twitter account would send me this link, along with the names of the most important gems, according to the number of donwloads (like in my first example).

    This, in my opinion, would make the updates more meaningful and interesting.

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Eric Hodel on 26 Mar, 2010 05:00 PM

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    That sounds like a lot of work.

    The RSS feed seems to fulfill most of your desired features without requiring vast qmounts of personalization work.

    In any decent RSS reader you can search the feed by gem name and date. (author information is not included)

    How is the Twitter account supposed to include all the "important" gems in 140 characters?

    It reallysoundslikeyou want something that is already implemented, the RSS feed.

  5. Nick Quaranto closed this discussion on 17 Jul, 2010 08:24 PM.

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