I was at ILI08 today and decided to try out a live blogging experiment using Twitter (as described in this post).
I had some issues with the wi-fi during the day, and for a bit was reduced to blogging on my iPhone, but in general I was able to post to twitter quite well. Using http://search.twitter.com I was able to get the output in a few formats. At this point I was unsure the best way of actually presenting this on-screen as a live blog – I was thinking of something similar to the CoverItLive format, but wasn’t sure how to acheive it.
I fiddled around a bit with Yahoo Pipes to bring together a few separate searches from twitter search (because it limits the number of results returned in a single search to 100 tweets) and also used this to sort the tweets into the correct date/time order. Having done this I could get the results as a single RSS (http://tinyurl.com/43glub) or JSON (http://tinyurl.com/4zeygw) – but I was unsure the best way to display them in an easily consumable format – I was thinking of something like the CoverItLive format.
I’ve tweeted for some help with this, and if you have suggestions, you could leave a comment here, but what my first attempt is using Grazr, and here is a Grazr gadget displaying the liveblog account, with any comments directed at the live blogging account by other twitterers using the @ostephensili08 syntax.