So I've been thinking on-and-off about the best way to do this Twitter thing. The slogan I've arrived at is: an etiquette that allows for a running start, but which is future-proof. This means do things so that we can start as soon as possible, but which allows anyone to make more complicated, retroactive additions in the future, like galleries for all slowpageants with thumbnails and such, or whatever they wish.
Here is a proposed draft:
- Users who wish to participate need a Twitter account.
- Hosts for each jamslow are designated by the host of the previous one.
- The host defines topic, start time and duration of each jampageant, and is in charge of notifying these via Twitter using his own account.
- Define Twitter message formats to indicate general discussion, finished games, start and end of pageantjam, host baton-passing. Example formats:
- - General discussion relevant to the slowpoke would use the #superfriendshipjam tag.
- - Game submission would follow a format like in my previous post, including game title, link to obtain game (to a blog post or thread in some forum, or at least a straight download), the tags #superfriendshipjam and #done, and a link to a screenshot if desired.
- - Slopageam start indicated by #superfriendshipjam #start and topic, as tweeted by current host. Ends similarly with #superfriendshipjam #end
- - Current host may pass baton by indicating @user and #superfriendshipjam #batonpass.
- This use of tags allows for a bot to retweet all relevant tweets, and for other scripts to parse and create websites of content.
- I think that Twitter's API only returns tweets going not very far into the past, so it could be good to right now create a script that periodically retrieves and saves all relevant tweets, and later provides an API?
So yeah, open standard here! Ideas?