In March 2007, I was doing a lot of experimenting with Twitter and news. I wanted to see how they fit together. So I hooked up the flow of the NYT to a Twitter channel. It was great!
3/16/2007: "Because Twitter has a public API that allows anyone to add a feature, and because the NY Times offers its content as a set of feeds, I was able to whip up a connection between the two in a few hours. That's the power of open APIs."
It kept updating through 2010, when it stopped. I don't know exactly why, but I always wanted to get it going again, and finally it is.
Today I'm using River4 running on Heroku, with a tiny node.js app running on a spare machine in my Manhattan apartment, a short distance from NYT headquarters. It bridges the NYT content flow with Twitter's servers.
It's nice the way small and big systems fit together, still -- in 2014, as they did in 2007. Some things don't change, and that's good!
All you'll ever see in this stream are links to stories on the NYT website. I hope they don't mind, this is kind of a museum piece, and it's nice to have it running once again!
It's also a loop back to the beginnings of RSS, which were made possible by the Times, thanks to the trust Martin Nisenholtz had in us. Once again, another dividend of collaborative development.