FMScout: Twitter Spotlight is another project for fmscout.com i recently finished. The purpose of the plugin is to show status updates from multiple twitter users in a quick and fancy way. The plugin is built to work with the new Twitter Api1.1 rate limits and with the proper configuration it's possible to actually show tweets from a big number of accounts without worrying about getting banned from twitter. Currently fmscout.com is only fetching data from ~15 accounts with ~40 to be the ultimate goal but going tripple digits is possible with longer Cache TTL policy.

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It involved a lot of javascript code, and the js plugin is based on JQuery and JsRender to render all the on the fly html code. The tweets appear in multiple tiles which get flipped randomly every x seconds. All tiles and twitter accounts get the same "spotlight" by shuffling them like a deck of cards instead of randomly picking one every time. My javascript was a little rusty and this project was a lot of fun to build and see in action.

Tweets: Twitter Spotlight

  • PHP: Cotonti Plugin
  • Javascript: JQuery Plugin
  • Site: www.fmscout.com
  • Finished in 4 days after the work request