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Crowd Sourcing

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on February 22, 2009 at 11:10:35 pm

We are now testing crowd-sourcing of train travel information in addition to the operator-sourced data we get via the BBC.  To have your message automatically retweeted, ensure you are following the Twitter account you want to send an alert to, then add a star character after the name of the twitter account you are addressing:


@[twitter account] * [Message to be re-tweeted]



Retweeted: @uktrains * All trains out of Waterloo are delayed at the moment. [star indicates message should be re-tweeted]

Retweeted: @uktr_ virgin * Virgin service earlier dealys seem to have cleared. [star indicates message should be re-tweeted]

Retweeted: @uktr_firstcc* Services into Kings Cross stuck delayed by 20mins. [space between twitter name and * is optional]


Not re-tweeted:  @uktr_londonmid Thanks very much for the warning of this morning's delays!  [no star included]


At present the service is built only to act as a proof of concept to gather feedback from users.  As such re-tweeting may be delayed by up to an hour (although more typically 10mins).  If successful a more rapid service will be provided which treats direct messages in the same way.


In this version twitter accounts for specific operators (the ones beginning @uktr_...) re-tweet messages directed at them. The @uktrains account re-tweets alerts from all operators.


As ever, feedback is welcomed to @bensmithuk.

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