I launched the bot during the first week of January this year. Actually, it was a few days before the Miracle on the Hudson event. So, I decided to hold off on the marketing.
I was marketing the bot to those I though would find it useful. I would keep a search column open for “flight status” on Tweetdeck and when a tweet matched, I would review and send a reply if it made sense. This was simple, easy and non-intrusive. But I knew it wasn’t going to garner the followers to make it into a successful product.
On Monday Feb. 9, a tweet went out from @mashable linking to a post by @iElliott on productivity with twitter. Update: I did not approach @mashable or @iElliott for a plug. I assume they found it to be useful and wanted to share it with their readers.
This started the flow of followers. Before the tweet, there were about 12 followers; 24 hours later, 270. It was mad rush in the first few hours and has slowed to a trickle now. (I will see if can plot the follower flow) The majority of followers is in the US, which is good, cause the product mostly supports US and large international airlines.
Now the hard part of delivering what the followers want – a simple and useful product.
I have lots of ideas about how to make it better, but I’d like to incorporate what the users want.
If you have any comments/questions/suggestions please send to @myflightinfo or to me at my personal account @lmai
There are many Twitter webapps that show you the most popular items (links, hashtags, profiles etc). What’s missing are these tools for MY network.
Twitter has become a social bookmarking/discovery tool for me. I really on all my friends to let me know what they find interesting. I needed a simple way to see what new links are out there.
TweetLnks.com started as a personal project to look at all the links in my twitter feed. Then @ceonyc asked if anyone knew of such a tool. So a little sprucing up and some additional functionality and it’s ready for public use. I’ll visit this webapp after a period of not using twitter to see what kind of links are interesting.
TweetLnks.com analyzes the tweets of your friends to see what URLs your friends are talking about. In my network of friends, 4 tweets were made about the CNBC boycott.
I was traveling quite a bit for work, and there was no easy way to check my flight status. The blackberry browser does not work with most airline and flight info service websites.
The last thing I need to do is sign up for more alerts and services.
So I wrote this twitter bot that will reply with my flight status.
It’s fast, free, and simple.
1. Follow @myflightinfo and wait for a follow back.
2. Send your flight information in a message. Like this “d myflightinfo co101”.
3. Within a minute, you should get a direct message back with your status.
After completing MapMyTweeps, I started looking into next “degree” of mapping my network (friends of friends, friends’ followers etc) to look for any interesting information.
Here is my first rendering of my Twitter network. It maps my first 100 followers, for each of my followers it maps 3 of their followers, and then one more iteration. The size and complexity grow too quickly for me to get any useful information. Plus it takes forever.
I think I’m going about this the wrong way. I need a question or a hypothesis and then see if I can answer using social network mapping.
I’ve been twittering or tweeting or twitting. . . using Twitter for a while now. It’s a great tool to listen in on conversations and get the pulse of what’s going.
I use it to communicate to my clients and to follow the communications of people I’m interested in. I see great potential in use Twitter as a marketing tool. As we get ready to launch Parentville.com, Twitter will be a channel to communicate the launch and happenings. I follow @pleasedressme as they developed their site and eagerly waited for their launch. I was informed of new updates to their index. Great job guys!
Brian Solis has a great primer on what twitter is and related services and tools.
Sign up for your own account and follow me on twitter at @lmai to see what’s going on in my head.
Business Week article says Facebook execs are selling their shares.
2 interesting things
1. There really isn’t supposed to be a market for this, and VC firms frown upon this. Apparently FB is addressing this internally.
2. The valuation is around $3.5 – $5 billion. That’s way below the $15 billion valuation Microsoft paid.