[Taxacom] Twitter Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Sun Dec 13 05:37:49 CST 2015

Hi Rich,

I was going to say that this is another reason UUIDs are problematic, 36 characters + HTTP prefix that take up value space in a tweet - assuming the contents of a tweet are considered valuable - ;)  however you can use URL shorteners to save space, which undoes my argument about UUIDs (damn).

In fact, you could use https://ifttt.com to create a “recipe" that automatically sent the ZooBank RSS feed to Twitter without you having to do any work (other than create a ZooBank Twitter account).

I currently do this for BioNames http://bionames.org (see https://twitter.com/bionames



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On 13 Dec 2015, at 11:24, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org<mailto:deepreef at bishopmuseum.org>> wrote:

On Doug's other point of some twitter feed or something listing papers,
effectively, could not Zoobank effectively do that under a twitter account
#Zoobank that does a daily "whats new":

ZooBank already has an RSS feed; would a separate Twitter feed be useful?  How best to use the 140 characters?  A core ZooBank URL is minimally 55 characters ("http://zoobank.org/" + 36 characters for the UUID -- though we could strip the dashes and make it 51 characters total).  How best to use the remaining characters?

Please bear in mind that I only vaguely understand what Twitter is.... (I develop sophisticated databases, and cutting-edge diving technology; but I'm a total luddite when it comes to social media).


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