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Getting your tweets via ticker tape

A web developer from Cumbria has built a modern version of a 19th Century ticker-tape machine which prints out tweets.The 'twittertape' device was built from scratch using second-hand parts from clocks and other sources, said creator Adam Vaughan.Share prices were traditionally distributed via telegraph lines and printed out on ticker-tape machines."I have a keen interest in history and have always been fascinated by ticker-tape machines as a design piece," Mr Vaughan told the BBC."One day I thought it would be nice to have one sat on your desk and started to think about what information it could produce. Twitter is perfect."Mr Vaughan spent three months assembling his version of the machine but admits a lot of that time was devoted to finding the right parts. The device connects to a computer via an ethernet cable and pulls data from Mr Vaughan's Twitter account every 30 seconds.Any future versions could include a control panel so that the owner could programme the machine to print from a particular hashtag or from multiple accounts, he added, but his project has hit a snag."The main issue is that Twitter has updated its API and restricted access to third party developers," Mr Vaughan said.

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24 Aug
Emily Turrettini @textually
Tweets printed out by home-built ticker-tape machine http://t.co/nAXWDgN73S
23 Aug
liam casey @liamcasey
RT @chrisjhorn: Very cool. Tweets via ticker tape :-) http://t.co/CNEXtv0wwZ
23 Aug
Workshopshed @Workshopshed
RT @unclewilco: BBC News - Tweets printed by home-built ticker-tape machine http://t.co/Cv1xpcKc4q cc @Workshopshed