Microplanets

Intriguing! Via Glynn Moody comes an interesting new site, Pulse of Open Source:

To highlight open source activity on Twitter, I have launched a new web application today called The Pulse of Open Source. This is the stream of collective consciousness from the open source community on Twitter. You can follow this stream by simply bookmarking the site and visiting regularly or by adding the RSS feed to your feed reader. You can also create a Twitter account and add the individuals you’d like to follow to your own Twitter friends list if you’d prefer. There is also a mobile version of the site for on-the-go viewing.

I’m not entirely convinced it makes sense — the “open source community” is a pretty wide and amorphous concept, covering “enterprisey” types like Iona, to conference organisers, to web standards guys to GNOME developers. That’s a wide range.

However, that site links to the original, and a version which resonates better: PulseOfPDX.com, ‘the stream of Portland’s collective consciousness‘. Basically, this is a local syndication site, with microblogging from a community of local Twitterers. Similar to the “Planet” concept, which aggregates posts from multiple weblogs into a new ‘river of news’ combined feed, as seen on Planet Antispam, Planet Perl, Planet.journals.ie, but for off-the-cuff Twitter microblog comments. It’s a microplanet, to coin a phrase.

I think I might set up one of these for Ireland… what a great idea!

Update: Ted Leung posted about this today as well, I see, linking to this call for an “out-of-the-box” Twitter aggregator:

In theory, this whole pulse idea could be packaged up to be as easily deployable as “planet” sites. Here, “pulse” is the operational brand-name of aggregating Twitter accounts, where as “planet” is the tried and true operational brand-name of aggregating blogs.

I think I still prefer “microplanet” ;)

Update 2: check out IrishPulse!

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4 Comments

  1. andrew
    Posted February 27, 2008 at 18:13 | Permalink

    Hey justin,

    Massively massively massively off-topic but I saw these and thought of your neverending fight against the shadowy forces of spam

    http://www.thumbtackpress.com/browse/index.php?cPath=121

    yours in christ,

    andrew

  2. Posted February 28, 2008 at 10:28 | Permalink

    hey delaney!

    they’re cool… I have a T-shirt that’s similar in concept, from http://www.spamshirt.com/

  3. Posted February 29, 2008 at 16:23 | Permalink

    Sorry for the late response Justin. Just to chime in with the others and agree that this is a great idea and I’d also love to see it.

  4. Posted February 29, 2008 at 16:55 | Permalink

    cool. I’m actually working on it, in my not-so-copious free time ;)