Whew, it’s been a hectic morning! Sugarrae, Streko, Reese and I have been working together to launch Tweetwasters.com, and we just shipped it out the door a few hours ago. It’s a pretty simple application – it just polls the Twitter API to count how many status updates (ugh, do I have to call them “Tweets”?) you’ve posted to Twitter. Then we do some high-end mathematical computations to figure out just how much time you’ve wasted on Twitter — assuming you spend about 30 seconds on average every time you send in a new a tweet.
Even though it’s kind of a useless application, it’s fun, and has become pretty popular – we made the top 10 Alexa list (briefly) about an hour or so ago. It’s all thanks to the brilliant genius of Sugarrae, who dreamed up the idea when she noticed how much time Streko was wasting on Twitter. Her argument being anyone who has spent over 24 hours of his life on Twitter can’t be getting much real work done. And then she thought, wouldn’t everyone like to know how much time they’re wasting on Twitter? Know it? Hell yeah, Streko said, they want a WordPress plugin for it!
So Streko asked if I could program the site and the WordPress plugin, and after they sat me down in front of a blackboard and explained the complex math involved in the calculations, I said OK. And about 45 minutes later tweetwasters.com beta was built. But it wasn’t very pretty. That’s when they called their friend Reese in; she’s a great designer that put a beautiful logo, design and face lift on the whole thing.
You can see the WordPress Plugin on the sidebar to your right – and you can download it from Rae’s site for free if you would like to add it to your own blog. Or just visit Tweetwasters.com and enter your Twitter screen name. You might be suprised to find out how much time you’ve wasted :)