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Who Tweets? - Servers Do!

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Posted on February 18th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Follow MeTwitter has many faces. People tweet about anything really. There are those who find it entertaining. On the other side, many people can’t make heads or tails out of it. We also have the numerous business accounts trying to inform the world about their service. Due to its simplicity, there are a lot of ways to use Twitter. One more recent approach is to use Twitter to keep an eye on your server.

You can have your sever tweet. Now that is an idea to keep your mind occupied and by “occupied” I mean to make you wonder what the practical use of it will be. It might look illogical to have your server spam the web with random updates on its status. People are rarely interested in such information. Fortunately, people have little to do here. Letting your server tweet about itself can be a great way to keep and eye on it by using no special app but rather your browser or tweet client.

Server twitter updateThis is a great way to check on your server’s load and uptime. You can actually go beyond that and get all kinds of statistics. Current CPU load, temperature, space available, utilized bandwidth, hours online, etc. You can get any information about your machine and have it tweeted to you. For those of your wondering – no, that does not make our service obsolete. Server tweets can give you valuable information about the server uptime and load, whereas we give information about the global availability, access times, send out alerts when downtime appears and can detect network problems :).

Assuming you are running a Linux server, here is a weekend project from Linux.com. When you get it up and running you will be able to get various data about your machine. You will be able to decide whether you like the updates to be public or private. You will then be able to get frequent updates on your servers’ status even on your mobile phone.

Here are some examples of servers going live on Twitter:

twitter.com/THIS_SS

www.twitter.com/ConSenseServer

The idea of getting server updates with Twitter is still young. A skillful administrator can probably get a bit more out of it. For example, get conditional alerts when server load is high, space is running low or temperature is abnormal. As I said above, Twitter’s simplicity allows many implementations. If you have tried it, feel free to share your experience with us in the comments section below.

Victoria Pal

Doesn't like queuing (particularly at Wimbledon). Likes travelling, tennis and reading. Loves working as a Project Manager at WebSitePulse.

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