As a lot of other people, I’m watching the debate of the Digital Economy Bill on BBC Parliament tonight. I’m also trying to follow along with some of the #debill back-channel on twitter.
With such a heated and interesting commentary on twitter, it reminded me of Roo’s “Second screen” idea of having tweets with a specific hashtag next to the TV during live TV events, when following the twitter backchannel during ‘The Apprentice’.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a spare laptop kicking around to show tweets on. But I do have a hackable TV.
With that in mind, in just a few minutes I hacked together the following script to flash up tweets with the #debill tag on the TV:
# run me using: # python twittertv.py debill 1 import twython import subprocess import sys from time import sleep twitterKeyword = sys.argv twitterSearchRateLimitMins = int(sys.argv) twitter = twython.core.setup() showOnTVCommand = ['svdrpsend', 'mesg', 'messagetodisplay'] lasttweetid = 1 while True: search_results = twitter.searchTwitter(twitterKeyword, since_id=lasttweetid, show_user=True) numtweets = len(search_results["results"]) for tweetnum in reversed(range(0, numtweets)): lasttweetid = search_results["results"][tweetnum]["id"] user = search_results["results"][tweetnum]["from_user"] tweet = search_results["results"][tweetnum]["text"] showOnTVCommand = user + " : " + tweet subprocess.Popen(showOnTVCommand) sleep(20) sleep(twitterSearchRateLimitMins * 60)
It’s a quick-and-dirty hack, but I wanted to get something that would work before the debate was finished.
And it seems to do the trick.