We’re always looking for ways to make the contest more interactive. We’ve started piping information out to two feeds on Twitter. Every few minutes, we’re sending the queue length and how long since we scored our last entry to conteststatus. If a new entry has taken first place, we’ll also notify contestleaders.
In addition to just viewing these feeds on the web, Twitter offers a lot of ways to be updated in real-time. Have the queue status delivered to you every few minutes into your instant messenger. Pull the list of leaders into your Google Desktop. Or even receive a text message when someone bumps your entry out of first place in the middle of the night.
How are you using these feeds? What other feeds would you like to see? Please leave us a comment.
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By any chance are you updating the twitter page from inside matlab? Any suggestions how to do this?