A couple of weeks ago, I took part in an interesting experiment with Twitter â€“ contribute to a book one tweet at a time.
What this clever plugin does it notice all the tweets you write after the one in which you include a code string, and adds those tweets to a blog post.
To end the Twitter live blogging session, you add a closing code in a tweet.
So not only do you get the individual tweets, you also get all those tweets aggregated into a single blog post in chronological order, as the screenshot suggests, automatically published by the plugin to your blog and updated as you continue tweeting.
Itâ€™s that last bit â€“ the updating â€“ that makes this automated process extremely worthwhile for things like the Twitter book experiment I mentioned. It would be useful in any situation where you wish to use Twitter as a means to create a stream of commentary in 140 characters each time and automatically capture that stream in a blog post, presented in a natural way, ie chronological, rather than the reverse-chronological way of Twitter.
It brings to mind one such Twitter session I did in November 2007: live tweet a government apology about data losses and then add all the tweets into a blog post: a wholly manual process that was prone to errors and extremely time consuming.
The Twitter LiveBlog plugin is simple to use, although maybe too simple for me as I misunderstood the instructions when I started.
The only thing Iâ€™d like to see with the plugin is some means to let it know which blog you want to publish your Twitter-post to.
For instance, in my experiment, I installed the plugin on my tech blog, the output from which the screenshot at top is taken.
But Iâ€™m more likely to want to use my primary blog (this one); if I install the plugin here as well, I would imagine that tweets I make with the plugin codes will result in posts appearing on both blogs.
In any event, I think itâ€™s a terrific plugin and thanks to Mashuqur Rahman for developing it.
Incidentally, I found out about the plugin from a Twitter LiveBlog post from Cuba (a great example of how this plugin can be used) that I came across while researching about Cuban rums.