As I’ve mentioned, I’m enjoying Twitter a lot. The only problem is that it rarely works for me as it should — I’ve only had text updates to my phone for a day or two over the past couple of weeks, and I can no longer get updates via IM either.
While I still text stuff to Twitter when I’m out, it feels a bit like shouting into a void, unable to hear everyone else. I could use the web on my Treo to view updates but I found it all a bit clunky, getting a whole 24 hours of posts every time I wanted to see what was new. It’s a small problem, but enough to give me an excuse to have a bit of a play.
I used the API to create an extremely minimal page, with no graphics, that just displays the most recent twitters by my friends; all the posts since I last viewed the page. Beautifully simple and very satisfying. Here’s a static example.
If you’d like something similar, you can download this file, give it a .php file extension, put your email address and password in the correct places, and upload to your server.
(A word of caution though: put it somewhere private, preferably password-protected. Some of your friends might only be sharing posts with friends, and won’t want you broadcasting it to all and sundry, which is why I’m not showing you my actual page.)
Update: On the off-chance you downloaded this earlier, I’ve made a few tweaks to the code. It’s now on v1.3.1, so you may want to update if you have a previous version.
Update 2: I’ve just updated the file to the most recent version (v1.4) which includes a form for posting your status updates, although I seem to remember the code getting a bit messy. Posting can be a little flaky and I’ve now started using the new, official mobile interface which is more reliable than this script. (7 July 2007)