[UPDATE] Ben Forta now has a Twitter account [/UPDATE]
The other day Ben Forta posted an entry about Twitter and mentioned that he was not a user as he "didn't get the whole Twitter thing". Fair enough.
I found this interesting because Twitter is essentially "micro-blogging" and Ben's blog is a mixture of short "micro-blogging" posts generally annoucing news and longer posts that often go in to great detail. So I decided to find out how many of Ben's entries would qualify for the 140 character twitter maximum. This proved to be rather easy:
<cffeed action="read" query="getBen" source="http://feeds2.feedburner.com/BenForta"> <cfset twitterOk = 0> <cfloop query="getBen"> <cfset body = ReReplaceNoCase( getBen.content, "<(.|\n)*?>", "", "all" )> <cfif len(body) lte 140> <cfset twitterOk++> </cfif> </cfloop> <cfoutput><h2>#twitterOk# of #getBen.recordCount#</h2></cfoutput>
3 of Ben's last 15 entries, stripped of html, would have been ok for Twitter. Maybe its time for Twitter, Ben?
My Thoughts on Twitter
I joined Twitter last summer and have found it to be at times fun, a useful way to find interesteing articles and a good way to do some online networking. I generally follow other technology people and overall have a positive experience of it. Check out my Twitter profile.