Archive for March 16th, 2007

Ask Urban Dictionary (via Twitter)

Well, here’s my first go at a kind of TwitterBot. 😉

http://twitter.com/dictionary

Ask for the definition of a word from the Urban Dictionary via your Twitter account. It’s easy!

First when signed in to your Twitter account, go to the twitter.com/dictionary page and ‘add dictionary’ to your list. This will add you as a ‘follower’ of the dictionary system.

To request a definition, all you do is post to Twitter :

@dictionary word

[at dictionary space word] – where ‘word’ is the word you’re looking up 😉

It’s not too great on multiple words but some work.

THEN WAIT for your reply. It will only take a couple of minutes, as the system checks for requests every couple of minutes (for now)

If you post another Tweet before getting your reply, it will miss it out.

Note that as a ‘follower’ you will also see all the other requests too from other people. So you might need to leave and add as you need to. See how things go. It can be pretty funny 😉

Have fun! 😉

UPDATE : More discussion from Dave Winer 


Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at podcast.com for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.



@kosso : twitter

kosso's flickr stream

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