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The Pulse of Open Source

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I started posting to Twitter just over a year ago after many close friends spent concerted effort trying to convince me (and many others) to join.

Because Twitter only allows posts of 140 characters or less, you don’t have a lot of room to share your thoughts with that constraint. It didn’t take long for me to se the value in using Twitter to update and be updated by my friends and associates.

Posts are all over the map - from article links to what someone had for dinner to travel details - all sorts of interesting tidbits from people’s lives. This is content that generally doesn’t make it to a blog. These short updates belong much more to the world of instant messaging, but unlike the one-to-one focus of IM, Twitter is about one-to-many communication. One of the things I have found useful about Twitter besides following close friends is following people in my profession. The more I looked, the more interesting participants in the open source community I found on Twitter.

To highlight open source activity on Twitter, I have launched a new web application today called The Pulse of Open Source. This is the stream of collective consciousness from the open source community on Twitter. You can follow this stream by simply bookmarking the site and visiting regularly or by adding the RSS feed to your feed reader.

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