ApolloCamp Twitter Application Open Sourced

TwitterCamp in action.

Today I released the source code for the ApolloCamp Twitter application that we used at ApolloCamp last month. This Apollo application ran on a desktop which was connected to a plasma display and a projector. Attendees could get a ‘birds-eye’ view of the tweets that were being sent to the ApolloCamp Twitter account. I built the application in about two days which is a testament to the Flex Framework and Apollo. I should also thank the guys over at Twitter who helped us get this application working and gave us technical support using their API as well as Ely Greenfield for his great SuperImage component.

We were not sure how well the idea of using Twitter as a conference back channel would go over with the attendees. We found out that it works amazingly well! When attendees found issues with the venue or wanted to praise one of the speakers, they would Twitter the message and it would appear on the big screen inside the application. This not only facilitated great communication between attendees, but helped us as organizers stay apprised of what we needed to do to make the conference successful. I have now made the application and source available so that if you are hosting a conference or user group meeting, you can use and customize this application and display all Twitters for your Twitter account. If you don’t have a Twitter account already, you should set one up. You can view my Twitter profile and add me as a friend to keep up with what I am doing. Also make sure and add ApolloCamp as a friend, he is a little dormant right now, but we will probably start posting on that account soon to let you know what is up with the Apollo team.

The source for the application is available by visiting this page. You should be able to customize the application and graphics to fit your needs, or just use the application on your desktop for your personal use. It is built using Flex and Apollo.

If you have any questions about this application, please use the comments on the TwitterCamp page. For more urgent issues email me, but realize that I may not respond right away (I am consistently about 1000 emails behind, if someone can build an Apollo app that solves that problem, you would be a lifesaver!)

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