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May 25, 2012 10:36 AM   Subscribe

Best way to display a "twitter wall" at a conference?

I'm working a conference where we want to have a live twitter stream following a hashtag. I need a solution with:
  • live updating
  • a way to keep out trolls
  • customizable design
The purpose built tools for this (e.g. TweetWall Pro, TweetThing) are crazy expensive; I'm trying to make this come in on a reasonable budget. And on the free end, there's tweetchat, but that seems a little crappy and underpowered for this.

I'm fairly technically capable so I'm not afraid of a solution that's kind of hacky, as long as it works and looks nice.
posted by modernserf to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Panic already did this (and much more) by cobbling their own web app (well, really, it's just one page). If you know or can quickly find someone who knows how to do some basic web design and web app development, you could do this.
posted by Brian Puccio at 11:27 AM on May 25, 2012

The Nerdist podcast used the Tweetdeck application when doing their live shows. Simply filtered to only show tweets tagged with their hashtag. Full screen, live streaming.
posted by a47danger at 11:39 AM on May 25, 2012



The customizable design thing depends on how customizable. Some things let you pick colors and stuff, or backgrounds... Beyond that it gets more expensive or you need to grow your own.
posted by misskaz at 11:39 AM on May 25, 2012

Hey, I just did that, except I don't know about keeping out the trolls. VisibleTweets was ultimately my choice.
posted by OrangeDrink at 9:13 PM on May 25, 2012

I threw something together in Rails and hosted it on Heroku. Once I get a generalized version of it going I'll share it with all y'all on Projects.
posted by modernserf at 1:15 PM on June 4, 2012

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