More Work and Late Nights

Alright another late night, though I can't complain. 4:30AM is relatively early to sleep nowadays... Just finished doing some work and adding some features to The Grim Tweeper. Now, we store more data so that you won't see the same person twice even if you refresh (unless you cycle through all your followers), and also we keep track of your score so we can set up a leader board and make it more competitive! We shall polish some of these features tomorrow and aim for a re-launch and hope to get picked up by some more big media sites. Though that mention from Time was nice... Another feature I actually helped add last night was something I regret not thinking of earlier... after every 10 kills, a tweet window would pop-up that would essentially say something like 'I just slayed 10 followers via @thetweeper!' I checked this morning and found a lot more tweets about The Grim Tweeper and a vast majority of them were the 'just slayed 10' tweet. So it turned out that was a good way to convert users, to viral tweeters. On a side note, Ajay pointed out to me this article on people who live on no sleep from the Wall Street Journal: The Sleepless Elite Immediately, my egotistical self though OH thats me! I mean, I do really get minimal sleep and have to go to Track and Sprint Football practice. Not that easy. But upon further reading, I realized I am not necessarily among the elite, but just somewhat abnormal.  Either way, good read.

New App - The Grim Tweeper, easy way to clean up followers on Twitter

So the night I spent learning the Twitter API bore fruit! After getting some familiar help from Tess Rinearson (legendary still-in-high-school designer), Dan Shipper, Ajay and I finished another app - The Grim Tweeper. This app was a very simple concept that Ajay Mehta had dreamed up a couple weeks ago, we got busy with other stuff, and finally decided to code up and ship now. We haven't posted to hacker news yet (will do when/if I wake up in the morning) but we believe this has some pretty cool viral potential. The only thing we are thinking might be an issue is the Twitter API rate limit. Each person has about a 350 requests/hr limit, and we make about 3 calls per a person you cycle through in this app which adds up to about 117 people each person will get to play around with until the app will throw an error. We believe people may not get to that mark, but if they do we handled the error and put up a nice error message letting you know what happened and apologizing. Will keep you guys updated if this app takes off, which I (believe and) hope it will.