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Tweeting Ulysses on Bloomsday

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments


I spent the past 2 nights in Singapore coding a fun literary experiment: I was initially planning to Tweet Joyce’s Ulysses the 16th of June, Bloomsday, with some friends. But I realized it was too late for that. Then I decided to crowdsource it, and created a Mechanical Irish using Google Appengine Python.

Please try out BloomTweets and spread the word: I need around 2000 volunteers to tweet the whole book.
The app will let you login to Twitter, then take a fragment of 10 lines, and reduce it to one or two tweets of 120 characters, each assigned to a Twitter user I created for the characters.
Your post will go to your Twitter status.

When I have some time, in the next few days, I will write a cron job to post all the Tweets by their various characters, and Twitter user bloomsday09 will retweet the whole book.

You can find more details about the project in the about page.

It was a fun experiment to code, I hope there will be enough enthusiasts to tweet until “heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

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