Engadget: Twitter changes may bring major issues for third-party apps (updated). “If you use a third-party Twitter app like Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon or Tweetings, you might lose a couple of key features when Twitter replaces developer access to User and Site streams with a new Account Activity API this coming June. The folks who created the apps mentioned above have created a new website to explain that, as a result, push notifications will no longer work and timelines won’t refresh automatically.”
The Intercept: Hackers Are So Fed Up With Twitter Bots They’re Hunting Them Down Themselves. “Even if Twitter hasn’t invested much in anti-bot software, some of its most technically proficient users have. They’re writing and refining code that can use Twitter’s public application programming interface, or API, as well as Google and other online interfaces, to ferret out fake accounts and bad actors. The effort, at least among the researchers I spoke with, has begun with hunting bots designed to promote pornographic material — a type of fake account that is particularly easy to spot — but the plan is to eventually broaden the hunt to other types of bots. The bot-hunting programming and research has been a strictly volunteer, part-time endeavor, but the efforts have collectively identified tens of thousands of fake accounts, underlining just how much low-hanging fruit remains for Twitter to prune.”
David Strom: Researching The Twitter Data Feed. “A new book by UCLA professor Zachary Steinert-Threkeld called Twitter as Data is available online free for a limited time, and I recommend you download a copy now. While written mainly for academic social scientists and other researchers, it has a great utility in other situations. Zachary has been working with analyzing Twitter data streams for several years, and basically taught himself how to program enough code in Python and R to be dangerous.”
National Library of Medicine: Want to do more with PubMed?. “Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want? Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start? Check out the NLM Webinar ‘Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed’ on February 13, 2018.”
TechCrunch: Twitter is opening up its full archive to the broader developer community. “Twitter today is launching a new premium product for developers that will provide access to the full Twitter archive – going all the way back to the first tweet from Twitter CEO @Jack (Jack Dorsey) in 2006. Previously, this level of access was only available to enterprise API customers, but it’s now being made available to the wider developer community.”
From a gentleman named Simon Willison, and this looks delicious: Datasette Publish: a web app for publishing CSV files as an online database. “I’ve just released Datasette Publish, a web tool for turning one or more CSV files into an online database with a JSON API. Here’s a demo application I built using Datasette Publish, showing Californian campaign finance data using CSV files released by the California Civic Data Coalition. And here’s an animated screencast showing exactly how I built it…” Are there are enough hours in the day? Find out in our next episode, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY.