Sunday, September 14, 2008

Twitter Timer is great for absent minded Tweeters

My daughter alerted me to a blurb in the print edition of Popular Science on Twitter. This was the first time I had heard of @timer. If you DM timer , timer will tweet you back with a reminder.

Here is how the Timer website explains the process :

Timer is a Twitter bot that helps you set an alarm for things you need to remember. Want to give it a try? It’s easy:
If you’re not already a Twitter user, register for a free account.
Add timer as your friend.
Send a direct message to timer. If you’re sending a direct message via SMS/Twitterific, use the format below (if you’re using Twitter’s direct message interface, you can leave off the d timer bit. More info on direct messages can be found here.):

d timer [# of minutes until reminder] [your message]

Example: d timer 60 check parking meter (will remind you to drop a quarter in 60 minutes)

Note: 5 minutes is the minimum amount of time that you can set. In addition, if you forget to put a time, that’s what you’ll get by default.
Timer will then tweet you back after the specified number of minutes has passed. Please note, though, that it is not an accurate timer; many factors, including email, SMS, and Twitter delays may slow delivery. That said, it’s usually not off by much more than a minute. Keep this in mind when you’re using timer to cook macaroni (please don’t hold us responsible for soggy noodles).

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