This is a brief update for auto-retweeting on Twitter. Some time ago I wrote a post about my experience with Yahoo pipes, but now I don’t need to “invent” anything anymore.

RoundTeam provides quick and convenient solution for retweeting automatically anything we want. RoundTeam is online service, which is created to do automatic retweets on behalf of your Twitter account. Using this tool you can define what to retweet: #hashtags, @mentions or just keywords. Also you can define from whom to retweet: from your followers, from those who are followed by you, or from all Twitter. Another useful feature – you can set up retweeting from any Public Twitter list. That means you can retweet from any particular Twitter account or even a group of accounts just by including them into Twitter list.

Let’s have a look on how it works. Login to RoundTeam. No registration needed. You will see the dashboard like this:

Link Twitter account which will make automatic retweets. It can be either account you used to login or any other your Twitter account. I added the same account which I used to login. (Note numbers of your followers/following at the next screenshot – brilliant idea! – it also shows the +/- difference  in numbers since last login, so you can always track your progress!):

Define any retweet parameters you want. First, choose the auditory you want to retweet from. I chose “Followers”. Then add #hashtag, @mention or keyword you want to be retweeted.

You are done now! Enjoy your retweet feed! You can make changes to your settings anytime. Hope you’ll enjoy user-friendly interface of this service.
And here is the simple screenshot illustrating how “List” feature looks like:

More details about configuring Lists feature you can find here: RoundTeam FAQ

One more thing, there is a very useful in my opinion feature called “Email aliases”. If you want to register new Twitter account for your retweeting purposes, you will need to provide new email address. RoundTeam saves your time by providing email aliases – create your “” email and link it to your current email address (Gmail, Yahoo etc.). Just 2 seconds and you are done:

Here what we finally got:

In conclusion, I can mention several use cases RoundTeam can help you with:

  • you can fill your Twitter feed with interesting retweets, relevant to your account’s topic. More about it here: Aggregate Updates.
  • you can promote your Twitter account – it is not a secret that people follow those, who have bright, the most up-to-date information in their feeds;
  • you can engage the interest of other Twitter users by retweeting them (nobody knows that you do it automatically! RoundTeam just saves your time and effort, but on Twitter nobody can find out if it is manual RT or auto-RT unless you’ll tell them!)
  • unique opportunity on Twitter – you can establish conversations among your followers. No one other application or Twitter itself can allow you to do this! Right now Twitter is just micro-blog, but using RoundTeam you can create and develop communities. All you need to do is just to think about your unique #hashtag, add it to be retweeted from Followers in your RoundTeam account and inform your buddies to tweet with this #hashtag when they want to say something to the community. RoundTeam  will retweet this message and every your Follower will see it in your account’s feed without the necessity to follow or be followed by other community members. More about community building with RoundTeam here: Community Building.

Using the service is completely free. Moreover, they have nice customer support and you can get your problems solved at the quickest. You should give RoundTeam a try now!

Two days ago, the most outrageous thing to happen to me while on twitter happened! I was locked away in TwitJail for 13 hours! I am often in TwitJail and usually just accept it as it usually lasts no longer than 1 hour but to be stopped from tweeting for 13 hours is ridiculous! I am an avid twitterer and (as I have blogged before) I feel it penalises me for using their service!

I am not sure what happened but it must have been a glitch that managed to get me locked away for that long but that cant be right. I thought about it and came to this conclusion about the situation. I was in TwitJail for 13 hours, however if you look at the time I got out, it was 00:00 GMT (midnight). This then makes me think that twitter thinks I was over the daily status update limit (and not just the hourly one) but in that day I had only sent 277 tweets (to be confirmed) which again begs the question as why I was in TwitJail for so long!

I am not 100% sure how TwitJail is run at the moment but i dont think it is run fairly. There are two ways I feel twitJail could be run that would be fair on Twitter’s users:

  1. At the beginning of each hour no one is in TwitJail. If you send more than 100 tweets in the hour then you will be in TwitJail until it is reset at the beginning of the next hour. The problem with this method is that it would cause a great deal of server load at the beginning of each hour followed by reduced server load at the end of the hour which blows the whole point of TwitJail which is to balance server load!
  2. Whenever you send a tweet it checks how many tweets you had sent in the hour before and if this number is greater than or equal to 100 it will not allow your tweet! This is the fairest way to do it and would mean that you are not kept in twitjail for too long! The major problem with the current system is that it will penalise you for sending 1 too many tweets! If you sent 99 tweets then waited a bit, you would not be penalised or put in TwitJail but sending that 100th tweet could result in you being locked up for (usually) longer than one hour! At the moment, twitjail is a punishment for using Twitter; not a control!

There should also be a way of monitoring how close you are to twitjail; if they had this then users would be able to control and moderate themselves and would also have no right to moan like I am doing now!

I have no problem with the concept of TwitJail but it needs to be run properly!

Sorry about my recent absence from blogging! I have been so busy at school with my GCSEs, sorting yearbook and what not that I just have not had the time to come on here and write however I do hope to make sure that this blog will be regularly updated this summer! I have lots of plans and lots of things to blog about so please wait expectantly. I am still working on finishing up the yearbook but should be able to slowly ease myself back into the blogging world!

Another thing to look out for is when I finally get my YouTube account going! I have so much video to edit and upload but I lack the processing power to do so! I have lots of reviews as well as just random videos! Whenever I upload a video it will be accompanied by a blog post and now with my HD2000 they should all be high quality, HD videos! I also have Adobe Captive 4 and may start doing a few tutorials for you guys!

To keep up to date make sure that you are subscribed to this blog and that you follow me on twitter!

Please note that this blog is still being expanded on. When a completed version is published we will inform you! Feel free to read the run-down so far and get your Twoolr account but be aware that not every feature has been covered.

Yesterday, I was checking my TweetStats as I do most days just to keep up on what was going on, how well I am doing and just to make sure my addiction to Twitter had not died. I have always liked TweetStats as it is quick, convenient, aesthetically pleasing and intuitive! Until now I have not found anything that remotely compares. All other sites either do not have as much data and detail in the statistics; do not have nice, easy to understand graphs; and do not cover as many stats as TweetStats does.

The new player is called Twoolr. I managed to get access to the private beta and here is my review (if you want your access to the private beta read to the end of this blog).

Twoolr requires that you login with oauth whereas TweetStats allows you to just type your username in. Each has their induvidual advantages. By just being able to type any user name it saves time and cuts out the need to login; it means you can check the stats for other people; and it means you can access your stats anywhere (even where twitter is blocked). However, using oAuth gains the advantages of being able to access private data that TweetStats cannot.

First use of Twoolr (understandably) takes some time to start loading tweets. This is common with statistical sites as they need to crawl back through your tweets to gather as much data as possible. Unfortunately sites are limited to only being able to find a maximum of 3200 tweets thanks to the Twitter API Limits. This is a bit annoying for me as I have almost 10 times this limit in tweets; when I sign up for a new service like this, I would love for it to go all the way back. Since it does not do this my stats only cover a few days and I cannot explore all the features.

Image showing a progress bar that you are presented with when you first Login

The wait at First Time Login

Once Twoolr has loaded your stats, you are presented with a page where you have 2 choices for types of statistics as well as some basic stats at the top. The two options keep the statistics organised and will be more useful as the site expands to cover more statistics. It does however mean that the site is more complicated and quickly accessing all your stats can be more difficult. One of the nice features of TweetStats is that all you statistical charts about you tweets are on one page; you can view everything all at the same time.

Homepage after logged-in

You are given to areas of stats with some quick stats at the top!

The quick stats that you get on the homepage of Twoolr. Has statistics about Tweets, Tweets/Day, Tweets/Month, Friends, Followers and your Friend/Follower Ratio.

The quick stats that you get on the homepage of Twoolr. Has statistics about Tweets, Tweets/Day, Tweets/Month, Friends, Followers and your Friend/Follower Ratio.

Before going any deeper into the site, let’s see what we get with those quick stats. On the left you get stats about how many tweets you have and how often you tweet. This is based off of the number of tweets you have and the time since the date you registered to twitter so is an all-time average. For me these are statistics that I like to see. Although TweetStats do show the same statistical information, you have to wait 8 hour before you can update it, whereas on Twoolr, I have noticed that the statistic are update instantly which is a nice feature (as long as it is not wasting API calls on every page load – if it is then there should be a certain amount of time that the information is cached for so that it does not steal API calls).

On the right hand side of this, you get stats about your friends (people you follow), followers and a friend to follow ratio. Friends and followers can both be viewed on you twitter page without going to Twoolr, but is nice to have that quick reference. The feature, I do like is the friend to follower ratio. Not many sites have this but this is important if you want to be a credible Twit; the higher the number the more credible you will be seen to be. This information also updates with the other information when you load the page!

To better utilise this information, I think Twoolr should introduce statistics with a day-by-day graphs to show Tweets per day (average), Tweets per month (average) and information about followers and friends. The Tweets per Day and per Month statistics would show a daily graph of how you have affected the value of each on that day. This is a feature I have not seen anywhere before and would be unique to Twoolr.

For the statistics for friends and followers, both of these could be put on the same graph using the left hand axis with the friend to follow ration overlaid using the right hand axis. This may be very complicated to achieve and might look messy but I think that would work well. Another graph I think would work well would be a scatter graph with values taken from each day after signing up with followers on one axis and friends on the other axis. This would allow people to view if there is a correlation between how many followers they have and how many people are following them.

In the usage statistics, there are 4 sections for statistics: Frequence, Repartition, Clouds and Clients Used. To view each of the sections they must be expanded. This (in my opinion) is a bit of a pain and unnecessary, however there is the show all option.

The Usage Statistics page

The Usage Statistics page

The first section, Frequence (probably better named Frequency), shows how much you have been tweeting recently. This is similar to the TweetStats view that you would get when zoomed into a specific month. I would like to check what the graph would look like zoomed out further but at the moment there are not enough statistics on me for this to be possible!

Chart showing my Tweets, ReTweets and Replies per day.

Chart showing my Tweets, ReTweets and Replies per day.

There are a few things that I particularly like about this graph that makes it better than the one found on TweetStats. The first point is that it breaks it down into Tweets, ReTweets and Replies so you can see a more precise picture of what sort of tweets you are sending. Secondly I prefer the interactive graph over the click to zoom funtion on TweetStats. The interactive chart means you can pick a very specific data range and also zoom in/out to see the data in a way that best suits your needs. One thing about this graph is that I cannot help but think of Google stats which use the same graphs. 😛

The next statistics are in the “Repartition” section (which would probably be better named “Distibution”). This section has 4 sub-sections and shows the accumulation of all tweets logged at different times (hours of the day, days of the week, weeks of the year and months of the year). I find these sorts of statistics helpful when you want to analyse when you tweet in general rather than in a specific space of time.

Graph showing the number of tweets sent at each hour of the day

Tweets sent at hours of the day

Above is the graph showing how many tweets you have sent in all the time that twoolr has been logging at each hour of the day. This graph is available on TweetStats as a bar graph (which I feel is more appropriate) but it does not have as much detail. Like other graphs, this graph is spilt into Tweets, RTs and Replies. Similar data is shown for the days of the week, weeks of the year and months of the year.

Graph showing tweets made on Months of the Year

Months of the Year

Graph showing tweets made on Weeks of the Year

Weeks of the Year

Graph showing tweets made on Months of the Year

Months of the Year

Unfortunately, despite the fact you are given lots of statistics as shown above there is no way to find out exactly how many tweets you sent in a specific Week, Month or Year. TweetStats’ main graph shows how many tweets are sent in a specific month which can be zoomed into to see a specific day. Twoolr currently only provide tweets on specific days (in their Frequence section). In the Frequence section I feel that (like in the Repartition section) there could be choices at the top for Day, Week, Month and Year.

The next section of this page is the Clouds section. Clouds are a service that many websites offer so it was interesting to see how Twoolr would use these. Most sites build a cloud then display it to you and that’s it; Twoolr however continues to build on that customisability of data so that you can find exactly what you want.

An example of a Term Cloud

A Term Cloud (Also includes Hashtags and Replies)

Bellow the Cloud type option and above the actual cloud you will notice a bar with two sliders on it. You can adjust those sliders accordingly to set the number of occurrence of the words in the cloud; for example, above it is set to “50-100” so any terms in the cloud will have been mentioned between 50 and 100 times in your stream. This helps you quickly adjust your cloud to get the terms you want. For example, by lowing the limit you get rid of commonly used words like “a” “the” or in my case “:)” (clearly because I am such a happy person :P). By increasing the minimum, you get rid of a lot of words that have been used just once. To properly analyse the cloud, you must adjust these to your needs otherwise you are shown too many results. Here is an example with a slightly wider range (10-1237):

An example of a large Term Cloud

A large Term Cloud (Also includes Hashtags and Replies)

The reason I went with 10 as the base for the query is that if you go any lower the cloud can get ridiculously big! As mentioned you also get your “Hashtag Cloud” and “Reply Cloud” which are pretty self explanatory. The Hashtag cloud shows you most used hashtags and the reply cloud show who you mention most (rather than just who you reply to).

An example of a Hashtag Cloud

A Hashtag Cloud

An example of a Reply Cloud

A Reply Cloud

One great feature about the Clouds on Twoolr is that once you find an interesting item in the cloud, you can then click on it and get a cloud generated for tweets which contain that term, hashtag or reply. This is a great feature for going into deep analysis of your tweets. If I were to use this I would use it for analysing the tweets (and getting a cloud) for my tweets that mention a specific user to see what sort of terms you use when communicating with them.

The last thing in the Usage Statistics are the “Clients Used” stats; this is a fairly basic stats that is also found on TweetStats. This pie chart simply shows which clients you use for interacting with twitter and what proportion of you overall tweets they consume. On TweetStats this is displayed in a bar graph but I think that a pie chart is more appropriate. One thing I would like is the ability to find out an exact figure for the number of tweets sent with each. Currently you can hover over a segment and get the percentage that it takes up but not an exact value (on TweetStats it is the opposite); it would be nice to be able to see both!

A pie chart showing which clients I use most

Clients Used

Although I have mentioned various times about RTs being shown, Twoolr, shares a common bug with TweetStats; it only classifies old style RTs as a ReTweet and does not include the new-style RTs which is a bit annoying but will be fixed soon enough, I hope. Another issue where RTs and Replies are shown separated is the Tweets statistic; in my opinion the Tweets statistic should not include replies and RTs if they are separately accounted for but they appear to do so.

You may have notice that through this rundown of Twoolr, some of the terminology on the site is not in perfect English. This is because the site is designed by a French man but I am sure that with time and user feedback these minor issues will be ironed out. This does not impact the user as they can fully understand what is being written about.

Another bug that is consistent through out the site is that whenever a username that has numbers in it is used, that stats will show the username only up to the point where the numbers begin. For example, “@person123” would be displayed as “@person”. This can cause some confusion and should be fixed.

Overall, I feel that although TweetStats is more feature rich at the moment and that I do preffer it, that since Twoolr is still in Beta that there is a long way to come and that when Twoolr goes public that it will be an overall better website to be able to privately check your statistics on but for sharing purposes, TweetStats wins as it requires no authentication to view stats.

I have been generously given 30 tokens (invites) to give to 30 of my readers! If you want access what you have to do is quite simple:

  1. Ensure you are following me, @flungo, on twitter (it will not work unless you are and you should be following me anyway).
  2. Follow this link
  3. Click “Sign In”
  4. Check out Twoolr 🙂

It is that simple! If you have any problems or comments please leave them bellow. If you have any recommendations or feature requests also leave them bellow and I can pass them on! Let me know what you think of the site!

I will update this blog as i discover new things or changes take place so watch this space.

Some of you may have notice my strange tweets yesterday about suddenly falling in love with apple and saying that I was getting a mac and that I was selling all my PCs! I even went to the extent of posting a photo of me with my supposedly newly bought Mac.

If you haven’t already worked it out, yesterday was April first… Yes, it was all part of my April Fools!

There was absolutely no way i was going to turn to the dark-side that is the Mac! I have set up The Anti-Apple Society, so there is no way on earth you were going to get me to become a Mac! If you got fooled you don’t know me very well! And for all of you who think I actually have a Mac (the one in the photo I tweeted), that Mac is actually my sister, @sllungo‘s, and touching it made me feel sick!

Did you get caught out by my April Fools? What did you do for April Fools? Leave your messages in the comments!

I have good news to announce! The Facebook page is now up and running and has been set up to automatically post new items onto this page! There was a bit of trouble getting this working as most Facebook WordPress Plugins would only update profiles and not pages. I eventually found the solution and this feature is now running so that you can get the latest updates from my blog on your Facebook News Feed! All you need to do is go to my page and become a fan!

As well as this, there is also a new dedicated Twitter profile for all site updates to be posted on. This provides a few advantages for the site! First of all, if you want updates from my site without all my other updates, then follow this account and blog updates is all you will get! Secondly, my main twitter account is regularly in TwitJail which makes me apprehension about blogging at these times and the update will not be posted, however with a seperate account it is near impossible for this to happen and it means that when my main account is out of TwitJail I can ReTweet the post when I am out!

Please follow the new Twitter profile and become a fan on Facebook!

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On Friday the 5th of February, at about 6/7pm GMT there appeared to be a strange anomaly going round on twitter! People who already had high tweet counts were suddenly getting even higher ones! I first notice this when reading a tweet from @MOn321 on twitter! My initial reaction was “WTH? I could have sworn that @MOn321 only had 12,000 tweets or something likt that the other day and there is no way he could have tweeted 24,000 times in the space of a week without me noticing!”

@MOn321 with 35,906 tweets!

@MOn321 with 35,906 tweets!

I was right! There was no possible way that he could have tweeted that much! When @MOn321 told me that it was a glitch I was highly jealous of him and way wondering what had happened until @MOn321 noted that the same glitch had affected me in a much larger way!!!

Me with 52,915 tweets!

Me with 52,915 tweets!

At this point I had to do some investigating! Was this glitch affecting everyone? What were the exact details of the glitch!

From what I could tell, it appeared that the glitch affected users with a tweet count greater than about 2,000-5,000(I would have needed a snapshot of before and after the glitch to be more precise) and it trippled the users tweet count and the moment of the glitch occurring!I have no indication as to whether it has any relation to the API and whether it did not affect users using the web or not but if you have any information, please leave it in the comments bellow! 🙂

Most user are finding this annoying but I am satisfied with this as compensation for the way that twitter normally penalises its most dedicated users!


Before now you have been able to subscribe to me on twitter, however when doing this, you would get ALL of my updates and this was not convenient for those who were only interested in updates from my blog or to use the twitter subscription, purely as a way of subscribing to the blog. You can now follow @flungoBlog on twitter to get the latest updates from my blog. There has also now been a Facebook page set up which will also host links to new blog posts.

This now provides readers with 4 ways to subscribe to this blog:

The Facebook page and Twitter Page will not have updates posted for a month or more, but feel free to subscribe via either of those methods!

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I was happily tweeting away yesterday when all of a sudden, TweetDeck started giving me a “Recipient not following you” error which is what TweetDeck’s last resort error is; if it does not recognise the error that has been returned it will return that error! Strangely TweetDeck have’t got an error message simply saying “An unknown error occurred” but this blog is not about the issues with TweetDeck (which I love dearly but being in Beta, obviously has bugs). At the time, I was ReTweeting and one of the common errors that I get that TweetDeck (once again strangely does not recognise), is the error that the Tweet I am trying to ReTweet has already been Tweeted by me!

At first I took this as the case and tried to ReTweet something else. I got the same error again! I knew for a fact that I had not already Tweeted this and then attempted to send a normal Tweet. I cannot remember if I got the “Recipient not following you” or another undescriptive error (however I am pretty sure it was that same old “Recipient not following you” error) but at that point I presumed TweetDeck had stopped working (as it had done the week before). To check that it was TweetDeck and not that twitter was having issues (which I doubted as I was still receiving Tweets on TweetDeck, which was what happened with the problem I had with TweetDeck the week before) I went on to Twitter and successfully send a Tweet.

From this I presumed it was the same problem as before and thought I would have to close TweetDeck and open it to rectify the problem (as I did last time) but before I could do that, I had to RT anything that had been loaded up in to TweetDeck already and reply to any tweets that were loaded and required a reply so I opened all those tweets on the web in multiple tabs, doing 5 at a time (so that my computer would not get filled with open tabs and end up confusing me) and I then clicked ReTweet on each and then confirmed it quickly changing between tabs in an attempt to get though it all quickly. When I returned to the first tweet that I ReTweeted to confirm that it had been ReTweeted, I could not see any sign that it had been successfully ReTweeted so clicked ReTweet again, and went to then next tab which had the same problem but by the time I reached the third one I realised something was up so clicked ReTweet then remained on that tab until I received an error message. After a few seconds of attempting to ReTweet, low and behold a message pops up at the top saying “whoops! Something went wrong, please refresh the page and try again”

Initially I did not associate this problem with the problem I was having on TweetDeck so refreshed all the open tabs and had a look if it had made any difference. It had not so I then tried again getting the same message each time! Since I was able to Tweet, I presumed there was a problem with the Twitter ReTweet function , but when I went to make a tweet asking about this, I was greeted with the following error:

"You are over the status update limit. Please wait a few hours and try again."

"You are over the status update limit. Please wait a few hours and try again."

I was shocked by this and it resulted in me having to stop tweeting for over an hour! I totally understand why Rate Limits are in place but I find that is penalising the dedicate users of twitter. If you look at my recent TweetStats you will notice that I tweet over 2000 times a month and in my opinion this show true dedication to the service. In my opinion, Twitter need to improve their data centres to accommodate larger rate limits. If twitter require more funding to provide this to their users I would be more than willing to pay an additional fee to have raised API limits! Just to clarify, I do not think twitter should charge for their service but I think that those who want higher rate limits should be able to pay and receive this!

Twitter do currently offer Whitelisting which raises API calls to up to 20,000 a day but this is only for developers and applications in production and will only affect the API calls and not the Update Limit.

The one thing that has really got me confused on this situation is the actual guidelines on the limits. The Update and API Limits state that you are limited to “1,000 total updates per day, on any and all devices (web, mobile web, phone, API, etc. )” However, if you look at my statistics for yesterday, you will see I was no where near this limit!

Tweets on 08/01/10

Tweets on 08/01/10

Admittedly, I was tweeting (well ReTweeting) at a rapid rate but if there is an additional limit which is on a per hour basis that would affect that, it should stated in the Update and API Limits.

I am still very confused about this but I have to live with this! Have any of you ever got that error? Please leave your comments 🙂

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