Yahoo Pipes Twitter Reply Sniffer: More Improvements

The switch last week from TerraMinds (the service appears to be dead) to TweetScan for the Yahoo Pipes Twitter Reply Sniffer had a couple of unintended side effects. For people with twitter account names that are also common words, the new sniffer delivered way too many false positives. I realized that TweetScan completely ignored the “@” sign, which I didn’t think was a big deal at the time. With a Twitter account like @geekygirldawn, I didn’t notice any issues; however @verso noticed. I was also having a hard time pulling the date out of the TweetScan RSS feed last week for some reason. It was obvious today, which means that they added the date to their feed, or I completely missed it last week when I was tweaking the pipe. Either are good possibilities, since I made the tweaks to the pipe in about 5 minutes while talking to a couple of Legion of Tech board members and waiting for the board meeting to start.

This new and improved Twitter Reply Sniffer explicitly includes only references to your twitter account name that are preceded by the “@” sign. For any of you who liked seeing every reference to your twitter account name, you can easily clone the pipe and remove the filter for @accountname.

I’ve also added a time stamp to the end of every title so that you can easily see exactly when each person replied. If you don’t like the time stamp, you can also clone the pipe and remove the loop right before the pipe output module.

Thanks to Ms. Fishbones for suggesting the improvements and for pointing out the typo in my blog post about the new version of the reply sniffer from last week!

I also wanted to thank Justin Kistner at Metafluence for creating the first rev of this pipe. He came up with the idea to do this and found the services that made it possible. I cloned his original version and have been making minor tweaks along the way that seem to have taken on a life of their own as things like this frequently do.

Here is the new version of the Twitter Reply Sniffer. I think that your rss reader should automagically pick up the changes if you were already using the old Twitter Reply Sniffer.

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    • Cool pipe.
      Twitter replies shows only those tweets in which you have @yourusername at the beginning of the tweet. If it is in the middle of the tweet text it wont show.

    • Thejesh, exactly! This pipe shows the reply regardless of where it appears, and you see the replies of people that you don’t follow (in addition to those you do follow).

    • And I would like to thank Miz Dawn for fixing up my feed for me! I wouldn’t mind the random italian Tweet if I knew what they said. Thanks again!

    • I tried using the RSS from the yahoo pipes and inserting the same at http://www.twitterfeed.com but it seems to give me an error saying time stamp not there at the end. I wont to route the RSS of a particular username and have the same re-tweeted at a particular twitter account. But I am getting stuck now.

    • Hi Kapil, I suspect that the time stamp coming out of TweetScan, which I use in my pipe, contains a time stamp that isn’t formatted quite correctly. Yahoo Pipes seems to have a hard time parsing that field, also. Try grabbing a feed directly from TweetScan and see if you have the same issue with the time stamp in their feed when you put it into TwitterFeed. That will help me figure out if the issue is on the TweetScan side or an issue with my Yahoo Pipe.

    • seriously crushed. i went to DM you on twitter, only to discover you don’t follow me. teh suck.

    • James,

      Oh crap! I unfollowed you (and a couple of others) “temporarily” while I was at sxsw when I was having a hard time managing volume. Just realized that I forgot to add you back to my following list! *embarrassed*

    • Yes Dawn, the problem seems to be at TweetScan. Their RSS is not formatted correctly with the date and time stamp.

      Is there any other way to go about this?

    • Kapil,

      I assume that you could probably take the output and write some kind of script that reformatted the date into something that TwitterFeed could recognize?

    • Me = Non-techie. Will have to just wait for somebody to write up something and then use that.

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