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robmandu's avatar

Do you know what richardhenry has been up to?

Asked by robmandu (21285points) October 17th, 2008

That wanker has gone and ginned up a fresh new web site: Cursebird.

It polls Twitter for tweets containing expletives and serves up ‘em up with four-second refresh intervals.

It’s effin’ brilliant!

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girlofscience's avatar

So far I only see tweets with “fuck” and “shit” coming through. Either richardhenry has a limited curseword vocabulary by which to screen, or people are really not that creative in their curseword usage.

funkdaddy's avatar

Great idea…

richardhenry do you have plans to extend it? I’m thinking stats. What’s is the twitter curse word of choice? Top cursers perhaps, a dubious distinction which earns you a sweet linked button for your twitterpage?

Very clean.

bodyhead's avatar

That’s pretty damn funny. Good for you, richardhenry.

eambos's avatar

Pretty cool! Although, I do prefer SIYP.

scamp's avatar

har har har… That’s a hoot!!! Love it!! if we start cussing in here, will it show up there???

richardhenry's avatar

@funkdaddy: I’ve been trying to deal with the many thousands of visitors for the moment (Biz Stone, founder of Twitter mentioned it in his status)... but yeah, I have future plans for it, involving stats and other amusing things. The amount of conversation about it has been ridiculous: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=cursebird

@girlofscience: I also look for the quality of the tweet… there’s a lot of gangsta rappers out there, and i’d rather the more funny tweets get through. I’m playing with different filters on my staging server, and will fire up a new algorithm as I find a better mix.

Thanks for the interest, and the mention Rob! (I didn’t know this thread existed until scamp linked me a minute ago heh!)

robmandu's avatar

I’m also trying to Buzz it up at Yahoo!

poofandmook's avatar

congrats… seems to be a huge hit!

scamp's avatar

WTG richardhenry ! @robmandu , I wasn’t tattling on you.. I just sent him kudos…honest! ha ha!!

richardhenry's avatar

@robmandu: Something so sneaky about buzzing your own work. Heh :)

SpatzieLover's avatar

You learn something new each day!

Allie's avatar

He made another site? Awesome, Rich!

cage's avatar

Right guys.
I’ll tell you exactly what he’s been doing for the last 5 hours.
He’s been watching his twitter page occasionally going “OMG! JOE! LOOK! ONE NEW FOLLOWER!!!”

Nimis's avatar

Love the site. Just signed up for Digg just to digg it.

Was curious though…did you pop your blacks somehow?
The black in everyone’s avatar seems…blacker than black.
Or is that just my monitor?

richardhenry's avatar

@cage: Pretty much! Hehe.

richardhenry's avatar

@Nimis: That’s strange. The avatars come straight from Twitters’ server, I don’t touch them.

Nimis's avatar

Oh! I know what it is. You shrink the avatars a bit,
so the colours are a little more dense.

Zaku's avatar

That is hilarious!

deaddolly's avatar

um…ok. Not so exciting to me.

richardhenry's avatar

Stats are in, 10,000+ visitors in the first 24 hours! It’s crazy that it took off so fast. The chatter about it (the Twitter search link I posted above) is the thing that elates me the most. Thanks for the support guys, even if Digg didn’t appreciate it!

eambos's avatar

I dugg it =P

richardhenry's avatar

Week later…

Ugh. Didn’t get very much sleep last night! Huge scaling problems. I re-wrote Cursebird from the ground up in about an hour so that it could cope with the load, and with a lot of help from Andrew, it’s holding okay now.

It’s been featured on Daring Fireball, which is around a million readers a month, and Laughing Squid, which is something relatively high too.

http://daringfireball.net/linked/2008/10/28/cursebird
http://laughingsquid.com/cursebird-a-realtime-feed-of-people-swearing-on-twitter/

Oh, and it’s been re-submitted to digg, and looks like it could hit front page this time:
http://digg.com/comedy/Real_time_feed_of_people_swearing_on_twitter

This is so much fun. Hehe.

richardhenry's avatar

^ Oh, and um, Digg it! (Again.)

poofandmook's avatar

@richardhenry: You have no shame!! LOL

richardhenry's avatar

@poof: I know. :p

poofandmook's avatar

but we lurve you anyway!

fireside's avatar

way to go, richard!

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