[Biopython-dev] Biopython on Twitter

Brad Chapman chapmanb at 50mail.com
Sat Mar 28 21:06:52 EDT 2009

Hi all;
It is great we are exploring getting news out about Biopython in
additional ways. One thing this can really help with is recognizing
contributions to Biopython. Another is pointing out interesting
discussion threads on the mailing lists and getting others involved.

Do you think it would be worthwhile to "advertise" on the main list
for someone interested in coordinating news and communication? They
could do things like:

- Send updates through twitter on day to day activities, like:

  Bartek and Tiago cleaned up documentation on Git submissions 
    (link to wiki page)
  Peter, Jose and Sebastian are discussing slicing on SeqRecords
    (link to mailing list discussion)

- Send out monthly news reports on new items in Biopython, in the
  style of Peter's update recently:
  (but it should also give credit to the fine people who coded it)

Perhaps there are members who are interested in Biopython and follow
what is going on but aren't coders. This would be a way to get
involved, and also take some of the burden off Peter. What do 
y'all think?


> It's great to see that people have picked up on the Biopython Twitter
> account already - I hope that it proves useful in the longer term.
> Regarding the social etiquette of Twitter, and the ease with which
> 'following' can be taken to imply 'approval' I wonder if it would be a good
> policy to restrict the Twitter accounts that Biopython follows only to those
> representing organisations or groups.  Following some individuals and not
> others might be seen to privilege a self-selecting group, cabal or 'elite',
> even the accidental suggestion of which I think would be best avoided.
> On 26/03/2009 15:49, "Peter" <biopython at maubp.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:
> > 
> > Quite a few people have started following this already - which is fun.  I see
> > the OBF news page entries are automatically pushed to their twitter account,
> > http://twitter.com/obf_news plus the BioPerl tagged entries are also pushed
> > to http://twitter.com/bioperl - I'll get in touch to see how they did
> > it so we can
> [...]
> > We could probably also echo the CVS (or git) RSS feed into twitter, but I
> > suspect that would drown out any more interesting tweets.
> Signal to noise is apparently not an issue that bothers very many Tweeters,
> but I see no harm in starting a trend ;)
> L.
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