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Ricardo Mendes

How to Watch the 2017 Presidential #Inauguration Online

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Trump DayOne

First events before the actual thing start around 15h30 Belgian local time, swearing around 18h and so on
details of the full schedule in FR or EN.

Pick your flavour of Official accounts for the Inauguration : 

Inauguration Hashtags on Twitter :


Dems not attending :


Those Boycotting Trump :


Hashtag that emerged after Trump winning the election : 


One the biggest if the biggest Women protest march ever in the US ?





Videos : 

Twittter videos 

Livestream  :

Livestream for the 2017

State Media :

Public Media :

Twitter + PBS

Politico US


Reuters Live

CBS Live

Trump Media : 

Live now : (19/01/2016)

pro Trump inauguration feed

other coverage :

Democracy Now!

RT America

Ricardo Mendes

Tool for twitter users follow, follower and hashtag comparing on #Twitter.

Divud is a free GPL tool, born for social researchers and web marketers, that allow users follows, followers and hashtags compared analysis, to save results in text files, and store data to recover afterward. 

Ricardo Mendes

@ChrisAldrich I'm still experimenting & trying not to multiply hashtags too much but right now my use case is the follow : when I want to save from mobile an item I bookmark it with Url Forwarder app I add my hashtag (same behavior on laptop) and this populate my RSS feed which in turns goes through my RSS reader (FreshRSS/InoReader) or I was thinking using Woodwind as a pocket RSS receiver for my site (still pondering this part) but anyway I simply read from there. right now I'm not using more taxonomy to mark things "as read" on my own site, I simply keep up with what I read or not on the reader app.

I'm a long time RSS user so I have all my habits for star, notes & stuff still hosted at Inoreader.
but I find FreshRSS too simple for my needs/habits but considering going TTrss when I move to selfhost this part of my setup because of it's ability to generate private or public rss feeds from folders/label/tags.

Right now with Inoreader I get back to my articles simply by checking out the list on the Inoreader folder I have but has you hinted with my tag I was thinking on having my reading list arranged by tags so that in my reader (Inoreader app) I can have future content to read by hashtags/topics. & segmented by folders back in Inoreader or any RSS feed reader laptop/mobile app I might use in the future.

The nice thing with this schema is that my data is selfhosted by my site and also feed my reader app with things I want to find easy and since Inoreader have this powerful search capability I'm quite pleased and well not moving from Inoreader : mainly because I use its "broadcast" feature to trigger tweets like this with the help of @twibbleio.
Twibble is a RSS to Tweet service. I could do this without passing through Inoreader, but hell this is where most if not all my reading happen anyway.

As you can guess it literraly allow me to "push to tweet" things I want to share, test followers reactions, or in the case of my personal account broadcasting what I'm currently reading. this is a two touch operation that I use a lot to program content flow from different inoreader/twibble/twitter accounts on the go.
This is all very experimental but the mashup actually build followers without much work.
see @Euwatchers or @Polbegov.

I guess I could self host a similar setup and only depend on twibble for the time scheduling & delay features but I disgress :) the good thing of all this is that I can try this setup in different services at the same time without disrupting anything since my site is always the source.

Ricardo Mendes

Using internal to organize the content of my @withknown site more accessible

Ricardo Mendes

Facebook is going to change because it cannot afford to be 10h late anymore. right now Facebook is like a feed reader but 10h late. that's when your primary information tool is or RSS.

When I actually use the Facebook app I only see things I already tweeted, retweeted, commented, or read in the last 8h.

in short Facebook as a feed reader powered by your friends is dead.

the next step is enough AI algorithms so that it actually KNOW what you might want to read : now.

this is going to profoundly change Facebook, because your shares will have less value in the feed than what Facebook algorithm think is or should be important in your home feed.

in my use case, Facebook is not my feed reader. I instead use my own self-hosted feed reader or third party like . I get the content at the source because I created a carefully curated list of sources I want to get information from.

So if you combine RSS + Twitter list or dedicated Twitter accounts you don't need Facebook for information. maybe to keep in touch with a bunch of your friends.. but even that is shifting towards group messaging apps.

What Facebook is still good for is to dissemination of information.. but until when? what happens when bots will be faster than any humans and will know with certainty what make you laugh, what's the best way to turn you into a good consumer of infotainment?

since 2011 there has been a huge shift toward monetization of content. this change managed to cut the ability of anything going organically viral on Facebook. maybe it works for worldwide stars or known people because mostly of their followers base. not because it's organically trending. in fact what means trending on Facebook?

Twitter has still this organic manner to allow to trend naturally. (with tons of accusations or rumors to constantly tamper the trending topics anyway) but important world wide stuff do trend and are allowed to trend even if Twitter does not make much out of it.

the point of this rant was to say : what's the point of opening a Facebook app that only, only show 8h or 10h late articles? or even a day old..

Why should I Open Facebook & share anything into it if nobody read it or if the actual content on my wall is content I have already seen, read, commented on my site or elsewhere?

to me the obvious answer to all these concerns is . the social network need to be interactions on the Web, not in Zuckerberg closed gardens.

by the way I wish I was in Nuremberg this weekend..

Ricardo Mendes

I never understood WHY @twitter don't implement swipe UX between saved search/list on its mobile app

Ricardo Mendes

My mobile NewsRoom about #Europe #Automation #RSS #Monitoring #Aggregation #makingEUwatch

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When I started EUwatch in 2013 it was motivated by a mix of technical ideas and politically driven opinions worth trying to insuflate in the very homogenous EU Brussel Bubble information landscape.

a few points :

  • The idea was to trigger higher social media & real life participation in the (at the time) incoming European Election of 2014. 
  • Another idea was to try to cover European issues from different EU states by normal citizens like you and me with the goal to foster more participation in the way the EU is heading.
  • This was motiavated after a year monitoring EU information landscape both on the wide web and on social media. (twitter, facebook, linkedin, google+)  
  • At the time in 2013 my feeling was that European Information was scatered among different websites covering the different institutions but it wasn't easy to KNOW right now what is being discussed, what are the new projects (TTIP or new policies being drafted up)
    How can citizens in Europe have more power to put elected officials in front of their own responsibility ? How can we use the European level to put pressure on members states actively delaying the implementations of reforms that were good for European Citizens ? 
    How can we stop members states level to apply measures (such as TSCG or ESM) that would ultimately be a disaster for citizens all across Europe after years of demonstrations & "good lobbying" to allow the civil society key arguments to land in the isolated Brussels Bubble. ?
  • How can I get all the information I want without all the noise & the interpretations of several media/news outlets sometimes organs of propaganda more than a rightful service to decrypt the issues at stakes with the goal to inform citizens instead of merely be a propaganda service without putting anything, any policy into question.
  • I wanted to have only the information I wanted to have in one single news feed & I wanted to be able to control the flow, the speed, the sources of these informations and the timing/frequency it would update me.
  • Ultimately I also wanted to get better at knowing how Europe works and how citizens should be able to use their voice to impact on policies and the direction Europe is heading. 

So I started to wonder how I could do this and the answer was pretty easy to figure out. 

First I explored the EU information landscape from its institutional structure. 
I collected all the RSS feeds from the topics or policy area I would like to stay up to date with and used a simple RSS reader (think Inoreader or Feedly) to organize all this information by Institutional body. 

Second I separated all this information in 2 folders :

One for what I would want to read/share anyway, because the source is 100% trusted or because the policy area or the topic would always be of public interests

a second folder for what might be interesting or good to keep an eye on but without knowing if all the items from that source was interesting & useful 100% of the time: this is my watch list. 

Then I went after MEP's blogs, Officials or assistants keeping a blog about Europe or a particular key policy area. 

Then I went after pressure groups, think thank, NGO's and other interesting civil society efforts already using the EU public sphere to scrutinize the different EU bodies & push toward reforms or push for debates etc...

after a while I had plenty of information :

EUwatch Inoreader

Once I had the information I might want to publish (monitoring) and the information I would always publish (no matter if that would interest me personally) I wanted to automatize one part of the job. after all I'm just a citizen without much time, my motivation was that I wanted to really understand how Europe vs the Members States was working and for that I had to get better information on my pocket. I couldn't be available to monitor the EU information sphere 24h/24h, So how to do this without having too much work alone?

Enters - Twibble Dashboard :


Editing/Publishing from a RSS feed : 

My EUwatch "Tweet everything" is populated by 50+ RSS feeds : from the EU section at the Guardian or DerSpiegel or LeMonde to Politico and ViEUws.

My Watch folder is populated by hundreds of RSS feeds from official EU institutions websites to journalist-bloggers on EU matters to EuroNews to whatever Blog or Website with a "Europe" section dedicated to the matter.

But I wanted to have a manual trigger to push anything I wanted from the watch folder to the main Twitter feed, and this is where Inoreader comes handy : the broadcast to channel feature creates a RSS feed of all the things I broadcast or Star or InoReader. So I connected this RSS feed : to Twibble and it goes like this :


The resulst is I can check my InoReader App on mobile or on the Desktop and I can tweet + images in 2 clicks/touch : 

Broadcast from Inoreader

and 12 minutes later (could be 5 min if I wanted to queue new articles manually broadcasted)

the next step was to aggregate all this information in one place : using Rebelmouse as a service to aggregate content from twitter/rss feeds and twitter list but I wanted to still retain control over the structure and look of the website more than what Rebelmouse allow, hence I integrated rebelmouse with Wordpress and this is the (in construction) website.

But I wanted on more level of engagement and I wanted this level to based on a "web-of-trust" of citizens across Europe tweeting crucial information missing in the EU Bubble information landscape. 

this is when enters RoundTeam 

Twitter amplification made easy

Roundteam amplify content based on filters/rules/hashtags. EUwatch is amplifying content from 3 different Twitter list : EUdebate is filled by twitter accounts that ask inputs or questions directly to their twitter community about Europe, the monitoring-greece Twitter list is filled by a original group of 30 greeks citizens from different background that where actively tweeting about the last Greek Elections and now morphed into tweeting about the in Greece. the amplifyRT twitter list tweets content from different citizen initiative trying to bring more participative democracy in Europe either at states or European level. 

Conclusion : 

in december 2012 @EUwatchers started with zero followers on twitter and is now in 2016 reaching 11K
precisely 10.9K without Ads, funding, or any type of subsidies. at the peak of it's success our Twitter stats showed 2M impressions per month, reguarly reaching 1M impressions per month. since 2014 I have had much less time to manually engage (on top of automated engagement) and take care of this baby twitter bot and now our stats are well under 1M. 

I have learned a lot by building this little tool and since then have applied a few of these technics to bring monitoring capabilities to some citizen group, NGO's and grassroots movements. 

Recentry I have played with Slack, I'm thinking on making a participative system inspired my the current EUwatch setup where people in the Slack channel would be able to influence what gets published and have their say on what should be registered as a source etc..this is pretty much are early stage ideas but if you're interested by similar ideas feel free to contact me and/or comment below.


The ultimate goal for me would be to create a similar monitoring setup completely Open-Source and completely free from using third party (paid) services but this is ideas for another blog post. 

ps: I have a similar tool tweaked to do the same but about Belgian Politics check out @PolBegov on Twitter.

Update with some more stats : EUwatch Stats

Ricardo Mendes

DIY monitoring dashboard : IRC or XMPP secure chatroom with Bots watching RSS feeds and Twitter + ability to push content to silo networks with conversational commands or by integrating my Known website in the middle.

monitoring @mentions to key twitter accounts
monitoring for keywords/alerts/breaking news
monitoring github code change in key repositories
monitoring RSS feeds with ability to push content out of IRC/XMMP channel to Twitter
monitoring security updates
monitoring domain names uptime & downtime
monitoring key VPS services with ability to push alerts to IRC/XMPP
monitoring in-House camera and other internet connected objects + ability to interact from IRC/XMPP

Ricardo Mendes

Playing with @slackHQ to monitor RSS feeds and twitter accounts - wish it would allow much more configuration granularity for these 2 slack apps

Ricardo Mendes

Naoyun: Visualize Live Twitter Activity | 【囻】Koumin

Naoyun is a software that create a bridge between Twitter and Gephi with their own Stream API. You can « follow » hashtags, words or users on twitter and display them as a network in Gephi in real time.

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