While TiVo employees program automated laundry machine tweets, TiVo customers continue to give their DVR a Twitter voice. About a year ago, we first saw TwiVo – which tweets newly completed TiVo recordings and was hacked together in PHP, primarily for the author’s own usage. However, this weekend, the new and far more sophisticated TweeVo has been released to the masses by Brian Peek.
Like TwiVo, TweeVo periodically polls your TiVo’s Now Playing list (via embedded web server) to determine and then broadcast new recordings on Twitter. But TweeVo also provides a GUI for easy and smart customization (above left), when the Windows system tray app isn’t running in the background. (.NET 3.5 SP1 required.) Additionally, TweeVo mates your recordings to Zap2it show information so followers can optionally learn more.
However, the question remains… Do tweeting TiVos serve any sort of practical purpose? I can get behind the idea of social gadgetry. However, like the blog, I prefer to engage in a dialogue over a monologue. So let’s link our TiVos, and let them communicate amongst themselves. Even if we can’t share our recordings, let’s share recording suggestions. Guru Guides by and for the people.