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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Weather, by Twitter.

A few weeks ago, Kellan and I whipped up what is tentatively known as "WeatherBot". It's a simple tool to provide weather updates to Twitter users. Every morning at 7:00 AM and 3:45 PM (local time, that's 07h00 and 15h45 for those of you across the pond), our fleet of WeatherBots will send a weather update to Twitter.

If you follow these bots, you'll receive those updates wherever you normally get your Twitters; IM, Phone, RSS, or just on the web. So far, we have bots for the following cities (links are to the bots' twitter profiles, for easy friending action): Boston, Brighton, Chicago, Helsinki, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, and Vancouver. If you'd like to see another city, just ask and we'll provide.

The source code is available over on Google Code as Twitter Weather. Kellan and I will be providing follow-up posts (and hopefully talks!) about how we built this, and updates on future improvements, so watch this space, and if you're not already on Twitter, sign up already! We're building an awesome space, and want you to have as much fun as we are.



Blogger Edward said...

Ann Arbor weather please? Should be a simple bot to write (it always returns cloudy in February)

Thursday, 21 December 2006 02:14:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should create a bot for Virginia Beach!

Thursday, 21 December 2006 02:18:00 GMT  
Anonymous Nick Cornaglia said...

Hello: Could you create Philadelphia, PA please. Thanks. Keep Twittering!

Thursday, 21 December 2006 03:52:00 GMT  
Blogger Michael said...

Any chance of Sydney or Melbourne?

Thursday, 21 December 2006 03:54:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Slightly off-topic, I know, but I had to say something. I just found you through the Twitter email message.

My name is Blaine...and here's the weird part... my next youngest brother's name is Kelan!

Yeah, my eyebrows went up when I saw mention of Kellan and Blaine!

http://www.twitter.com/zztype (That's me.)



Thursday, 21 December 2006 04:56:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa, whoa... I had to write again. I just looked at the top of your blog and find that your name is Blaine Cook.

My middle name is Cook. I'm not kidding.


Look it up on my family tree!

Blaine Cook Fergerstrom

Thursday, 21 December 2006 04:58:00 GMT  
Anonymous whiskeykitten said...

Please sir, can i have a "cape town" - the one in South Africa - weather update bot for twitter?

Thursday, 21 December 2006 09:40:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ditto the request for sydney australia ... and maybe coffs harbour , New South Wales Australia -- i'm going there on holiday ...

Thursday, 21 December 2006 11:22:00 GMT  
Blogger richard winchell said...

An option for Celsius/Centigrade forecasts would be a very nice addition, especially when you expand to more cities outside the US.

Thursday, 21 December 2006 17:41:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Washington, DC (nearest airport code: DCA) would be lovely.

Wednesday, 3 January 2007 19:00:00 GMT  
Anonymous paolo said...

it would be great if you could provide one for Rome, Italy :)

thank you!

Saturday, 6 January 2007 02:55:00 GMT  
Blogger Daniel said...

Hi: I'd like a Greenville, SC version. :) Is that easy to do? Something like wxgreenvillesc, maybe.

Monday, 15 January 2007 16:06:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, add Warsaw, Poland. :) Thx.

Sunday, 28 January 2007 15:43:00 GMT  
Anonymous Kerio said...

could you add Rome, Italy?

Tuesday, 30 January 2007 14:27:00 GMT  
Blogger TozĂ© said...

faro, in portugal, please!

Sunday, 4 February 2007 17:17:00 GMT  
Blogger altercube said...

I would like to see a Forest City, NC, Charlotte, NC Shelby, NC, Gastonia, NC or Asheville,NC weather on twitter.


Thursday, 8 February 2007 10:53:00 GMT  
Anonymous Dan said...

I would love the weather for Cape Town if possible (in Celcius!) :)

Friday, 9 February 2007 08:14:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lisbon, portugal, centigrade, if you'd be so kind.

amazing service.

Sunday, 18 February 2007 17:49:00 GMT  
Blogger Colin said...

Can u do Toronto Canada. Many thx

Wednesday, 7 March 2007 02:42:00 GMT  
Blogger Misty said...

St. Cloud, MN if you would, please. Thank you!

Tuesday, 13 March 2007 17:22:00 GMT  
Blogger Rinsem's Rink said...

Pittsburgh, PA Please??

Wednesday, 21 March 2007 18:25:00 GMT  
Blogger Coty said...

I'd grabbed the Twitter Weather code from Google and planned to do it myself, but if you could hook up Atlanta, GA, that would almost certainly be a better solution.


Friday, 23 March 2007 12:13:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duluth, MN and Minneapolis, MN. PLEASE.

Friday, 23 March 2007 18:15:00 GMT  
Blogger Brad said...

Philadelphia, PA please! Thanks!

Friday, 23 March 2007 18:44:00 GMT  
Blogger Mark said...

How about Denver?
That would be great. thanks!

Friday, 23 March 2007 19:50:00 GMT  
Anonymous Kymberlie R. McGuire said...

Houston, Texas would be great!

Saturday, 24 March 2007 22:32:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philadelphia, PA would be terrific. Thank you!

Sunday, 25 March 2007 17:44:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger AJ said...

abilene and college station, tx please!

Sunday, 25 March 2007 22:29:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger bryan said...

I want to second that vote for Minneapolis, MN.

Monday, 26 March 2007 20:04:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Philadelphia, please.

Friday, 30 March 2007 23:10:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bangkok, Thailand, please!

Saturday, 31 March 2007 20:08:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger Nicki said...

Birmingham, Alabama, please. :)

Tuesday, 3 April 2007 04:08:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pretty please!!

Tuesday, 3 April 2007 06:14:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger Matt said...

Very cool, who are you using for your weather data? Someone with decent accuracy than who I hope. Most weather sources mean well, but their updates are really not very accurate on a national level. Well, unless I lived next to an airport of course. ;)

Regardless, very cool idea and open source too, very cool!

Wednesday, 11 April 2007 08:04:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous girlcarew said...

Santa Cruz, CA, please!

Friday, 13 April 2007 06:17:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Hotlanta, please. Show some love for the A-T-L.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007 18:40:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger darren said...

copenhagen, denmark would be appreciated.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007 12:07:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger Paul Martin said...

Burlington, VT would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Thursday, 2 August 2007 16:35:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Holly said...

How about Burlington, Vermont and Scottsdale, Arizona. Thanks!

Thursday, 2 August 2007 16:40:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manchester, England and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England Please! :-)

Monday, 6 August 2007 13:45:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous Todd said...

I was going to just roll my own implementation for cleveland, oh but the code (mainly the config file) doesn't make immediate sense to me (know php, bash, some python). Would be nice if there was a README file that explain how to get things up and running.

In the meantime... I vote for cleveland, ohio :)

Thursday, 6 September 2007 21:25:00 GMT+01:00  
Anonymous joe said...

I tried using the code, specifically the part that posts the new profile picture... doesn't seem to work. Server returns a 403. Is there a trick to getting this to work? I tried the raw curl command as well.

Thursday, 29 November 2007 18:48:00 GMT  
Blogger Spacifix said...

Singapore weather last updated 27th Jan 08 - whats the deal here ???

Wednesday, 6 February 2008 13:47:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would apprecite Baltimore, MD.

Thursday, 7 February 2008 18:00:00 GMT  
Blogger Manx203 said...

Any cance of a Pittsburgh bot?

Saturday, 15 March 2008 11:37:00 GMT  
Blogger Alan in Belfast said...

Belfast, (Northern Ireland,) United Kingdom please.

Monday, 28 April 2008 20:02:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger akvamme said...

one more for minneapolis, mn

Friday, 6 June 2008 06:49:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger KRISnFRED said...

Would it be possible to get WeatherBot updates for West Milford, WV, USA? Please and thank you? :D

Thursday, 7 August 2008 16:52:00 GMT+01:00  
Blogger ChrisM said...

I've got one running for South Africa if anyone is interested.


Thursday, 11 December 2008 10:47:00 GMT  
Blogger Jerry Green said...

I would like to see something in the Inland Empire (So. Calif) - Redlanda or San Bernardino - about an hour east of Los Angeles but usually 10+ degrees warmer and less cloudy/rainy. Thanks!

Saturday, 10 January 2009 20:06:00 GMT  
Blogger Andrew said...

Something for the West side of Michigan would be great specifically Kalamazoo, or something for Aspen/Snowmass Colorado.

Thursday, 19 February 2009 16:46:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Columbia County, NY, please? ZIP is 12060. Thanks

Thursday, 26 February 2009 15:29:00 GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montreal, Canada please!

Monday, 9 March 2009 15:29:00 GMT  
Blogger ct said...

kuala lumpur , malaysia please

Thursday, 16 April 2009 15:34:00 GMT+01:00  
OpenID talkymeat said...

St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, please! (failing that, Leuchars, or even Kirkaldy at a stretch, would do)


Sunday, 10 May 2009 15:46:00 GMT+01:00  

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