Testudo_Alerts

This is a Twitter application that collects data from a Google Alert RSS feed about College Park, MD. It posts about local news so you can easily see what is going on in College park.

Inspiration

Testudo Alerts came up from a need to better organize my Google Alerts. I wanted the information, but I didn't want to have to dig through my emails. I thought what better way to see them than a Twitter Timeline -- you can see the general order, can go back to it anytime I want, and I don't get anymore annoying emails. This uses data from a College Park, MD Google Alert, turned RSS feed, to tweet about local news.

Challenges

Most of the challenges arose from dealing with APIs and getting them working. I used twitter4j which did present some problems with inconsistent code examples between different sources.

What next?

With a little more time, I would expand on this hack to include a Wordpress blog that acts as a digest for the links the Twitter account posts. I would also want to parse the individual pages better in order to actually extract an excerpt from the page instead of just pulling the title.

Built With

Share this project:
×

Updates