Ganzbot: I Could Not Be More Proud

I am fortunate to manage a really cool team at LinkedIn.  How do I know this?  Because when Steve Ganz, one of our more senior web developers came back from vacation, he was greeted by… GANZBOT!

Ganzbot is a lot of fun… he is hooked up to Twitter, and to a custom queue application, so you can make him say almost anything.   I sit right across from him, so I’m blessed with hearing a lot of the best Ganzbot interactions.

Now featured, of course, on:

Now, if only we could teach Ganzbot to write modern Javascript…

Ice on Mars, Found on Twitter?

Very, very strange to see breaking news come through Twitter.

But the Mars Phoenix mission actually has its own twitter feed:


And as the LAist reported just a few hours ago, there was an exciting tweet just 3 hours ago:

Are you ready to celebrate? Well, get ready: We have ICE!!!!! Yes, ICE, *WATER ICE* on Mars! w00t!!! Best day ever!!

I am, in fact, ready to party over this news. Check out more info at the official NASA website.

I feel like I need to have separate aggregations in Twitter now – the streams from friends, the streams from columnists/bloggers, and news/event streams.  I have a hard time seeing a solution other than multiple aggregated lists… How can I see a tweet from a friend, a tweet from Barrack Obama, and a tweet from the Mars Phoenix team and expect anything but a jumble?