Congrats once again, Srikanth. Just a thought, shouldn't you keep another private queue (from which the script feeds on) which you populate from the public queue after sanity checking?

- Sundar
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture

From: Srikanth Lakshmanan <>
Sent: Tue, August 17, 2010 2:24:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Indian DYK (trivia) from Wikipedia on twitter.

Hi all,

We launched this one in #WPMBL17. The twitter account is @DYKIndia. Thanks Sundar for the handle suggestion, this seems short and crisp :)

Twitter :-
GDocs Tweet Queue :-
Repository  :-

Both of the code and tweet queue are open, and please feel free to contribute to them.

We had discussions on topics surrounding this at the meetup and I will summarize them below.

1. This can be on any subject and can be used by many projects like History, Medicine, Countries, etc if there are people to manage the tweet queue.
2. It would make more successful if the "manual tweet queue" maintenance process is done away with and ask WP:DYK to provide short version of hooks as well going forward. -- Need to go through a proposal i guess. Will be working on this in sometime after gauging the success of this. But counter arguments also came for this and sometimes its better if its manual.
3. Similar app can also used to tweet daily DYKs on a hourly basis and can be face of "Whats new on Wikipedia" in social media.
4. Possibility of exploring usage of this into Indian languages,challanges like char limit, availability. Need to work on this as well.
5. Possibility of tie-up with mobile operator and making it as a VAS, where in operator gets money, we get outreach / publicity -- Can be taken as a chapter outreach activity once that is formed.

Special thanks to twitter mass hero Tinucherian, we already have 88(and counting) followers and from stats i could see 20 have visited the article(best thing about bitly). We need to observe how the stats go, whats the best time to tweet etc.

Code has some TODOs yet to make it more generic and comprehensive which i would be working on over next weekend.Python folks feel free to review since its my first python code.

Thanks for your support and expecting few RTs from you ;)

Srikanth L

On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM, Srikanth Lakshmanan <> wrote:

I have created a shared document from where hooks will be read by the script. Currently it has 574 hooks, i would relook the scrapper script and would keep adding more to the hook preparation area. The spreadsheet is open to edit and please feel free to help.

GDocs Link :-

On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 10:59 AM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <> wrote:
Srik, I thought it was 140? Or are you deducting 20 for the link?
Yes 20 chars is for link. As you see above ('s brother) takes 18 chars and add 2 spaces.
On 7 August 2010 18:53, BalaSundaraRaman <> wrote: 
Excellent idea, Srikanth! Some twitter handles I could think: IndiaFacts, KnowIndia, DYKIndia.
Thanks for the suggestions.

Srikanth L