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Snooth User: Mark Angelillo

Snooth to Twitter

Posted by Mark Angelillo, Jun 5, 2008.

Admittedly, both @SnoothPhilip and I ( @snoothmark ) were later to the Twitter party than some, but it's good to be here. Yesterday we noticed there was some buzz about a new wine related Twitter account, @winetweets .

Winetweets is an opportunity for wine and twitter lovers to share their wine findings. Some folks were asking for links to purchase the wines in addition to the mini reviews. With our 2 million+ prices and reviews, this was a perfect chance to connect winetweets to more information about the wine. Now, in addition to exporting the text of your review you can Twitter it directly from the wine details page where you edit your review.

When you click the Twitter "t" logo next to your review you'll have to link up your account:

From then on it's one click to send your review to Twitter:

And it shows up on your Twitter home page!

The Twitter API was wonderfully simple to use. The entire integration took us less than a day to finish, and hopefully the growing community @winetweets will find it useful.


Reply by oceank8, Jun 6, 2008.

I feel out of the loop. I listened to Philip's show he posted and that was the first time I heard twitter, I asked my husband (since he's usually more with it than me), and he'd never heard of it either. Is it like a My Space? When you mention being late to the party, I feel I must not have been invited :)

Reply by John Andrews, Jun 6, 2008.

Is there any way to set up your connection before hand? As you (@Mark) already know I signed up for twitter just recently.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 8, 2008.

@Ocean -- ha, yeah I think Twitter is less popular than some of the other sites but it's getting a lot of attention from a certain crowd. That said, you're definitely invited to the party!

@Honda -- yeah, following you now too! You can link up your account or change which account is linked from the Snooth advanced account page.

Reply by Randy Hall, Jun 9, 2008.

"Twitter is less popular than some of the other sites"...

I find that statement amazing, given the quantity and breadth of people who use Twitter. I've been using it for over a year, or am I just being washed away with the tides of the latest Internet fad?

Reply by Philip James, Jun 9, 2008.

I think Mark just means its less popular than mySpace/Facebook. Not that there are other more popular microblogging services

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jun 9, 2008.

Yeah, that's exactly what I mean. Twitter has yet to really hit the mainstream and it takes a leap of faith to really grasp the value it provides.

I think we'll see it gain more widespread popularity in the coming months, but right now at least 80% of the people I talk to still haven't heard of it.

Reply by anjelabug, Sep 17, 2009.

Seriously frustrated by the implementation of this. I linked my Twitter account figuring that there'd be some option about what, or whether, to tweet via Snooth. I was wrong.

At present, Snooth does *not* ask my permission to tweet reviews (it automatically tweets them without my authorization), doesn't allow me to customize what's tweeted, and sends all my tweets to @winereviews -- an account I'm not interested in interacting with. It sends only the first 140 characters (minus 13 for @winereviews and a space), which means just the first part of a review. And there is no way to un-link a Twitter account once one is linked, which is infuriating; I do not want to have to delete each individual unauthorized tweet that gets posted to my Twitter account every time I review a wine.

Horrible implementation, and no response from tech support over this. I love Snooth -- the site is great and well-put-together and easy to use -- but the fact that it fails so horribly with regard to user authorization on linked accounts is just unacceptable, and will definitely get me moving to other wine review sites, even if they're not as good in terms of actual wine information.

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Sep 17, 2009.

Hi there. Thanks for your report. We definitely understand and hear your concerns and will be sure to put some changes in place soon.

For now, if you would like to unlink your Twitter account, you can go to your account section and link your Twitter account with a failed Twitter username and password. It's a bit of an Easter Egg, but it works, and your reviews will no longer be posted to Twitter.

I will respond here as soon as we have reviewed this implementation.

Again, thanks. We appreciate your patience!

Reply by Philip James, Sep 17, 2009.

anjelabug - when did you first email us? We read all the emails, when I read that we're unresponsive its something I want to investigate.

Reply by anjelabug, Sep 18, 2009.

@mark - Good enough for government work, I'll take it! Thanks!

@Philip - I submitted a bug report on the 16th via the website. Maybe it didn't get to you? There wasn't any kind of auto-reply notification.

Reply by Philip James, Sep 18, 2009.

Hi anjelabug - i checked the logs, we wrote back to you at 12.20pm ET yesterday. Sounds like you didnt get the email. It might have been caught by your spam filters - what ISP do you use? We'll look into it, as email deliverability is important to us

Reply by zephryllis, Jul 28, 2010.

There is still no fix for the problem outlined by anjelabug on Sep 17, 2009. How have you not fixed this problem in almost a year? I, too, thought that there would be some opt-out or at least be given the option to post certain things and not all automatically.

While I will implement the backdoor solution you outlined previously, I really think that you should take a look at this issue.

Reply by amour, Jul 29, 2010.

I have been Twittering SNOOTH for ages!

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