Recently I had one of my brain waves. It came when I was mulling the Port80 web conference which I run. Many of the people who’d want to come to Port80 are on Twitter, so it’s no surprise that Twitter is a focal point when it comes to promoting the event.
A big pull for conferences is obviously the speakers. And it’s no surprise that the speakers have their part to play in promoting the event. Some conferences even go so far as to writing that into the contract with speakers; that’s not Port80, but I’d be pretending if I said that I don’t need the pull of the speakers to retweet tweets from @port80events.
So, I got to thinking that we needed better tools for keeping on top of who is promoting you & helping manage the whole process; not just conferences obviously, the concept can apply to any campaign.
Yes can see (and tot up) retweets from the connect tab on Twitter web but that’s hardly methodical reporting. And that’s the gap which ProdSpur looks to exploit.
What does the app (currently) do?
The app is not yet available online but the core code is working locally and it’s
- Set up as a Twitter app
- Working with Twitter OAUTH authentication
- Automatically scanning for tweets which have been retweeted
- Making a note of who your retweeters are
- Displaying that key information on a dashboard
- (all stored in a database obviously)
..which perhaps doesn’t sound a lot but it’s already proving useful to me. This app is very much about scratching my own itch.
(very much) work in progress mockup of the dashboard
As I’m sure you can imagine, there are a zillion features which I could implement but I’m just going to play the game as it unfolds.
This is something I’m designing and coding myself. I spend so much time running web projects where it just doesn’t make sense for me to be involved at the grass roots that it’s nice to have something just for myself. I’m not pretending I’m the best designer/coder; I’m not, I’m pretty average on both but I’m happy with my lot.
I’m enjoying playing with this personal project and it’s forced writing my book onto the back burner for a short while but I’m really loving playing around with the Twitter API again – all that lovely data
A really basic beta version will be up in a few weeks but if you want to play with it early or have some comments, just let me know.