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Tweeting the best tutorial each day

Posted almost 12 years ago

I'm happy to announce that you can now find @goodtutorials on Twitter.

What is it?

Twitter is a microblogging service; you can send "tweets" of 140 characters or less to your friends, colleagues, or anyone you happen to meet on Twitter. If you follow @goodtutorials on Twitter, you'll get a short, simple link to one tutorial per day.

The Science

Part of the motivation behind this was to not be just another Twitter bot. There seems to be a great deal of bots that just mindlessly regurgitate an RSS feed, post every minute detail, and so on. I'm just not a fan of noise. So @goodtutorials is selective.

Through an exhaustive analysis of the tutorials submitted in the every 24 hours, we pull one tutorial that is most likely the most interesting tutorial of the bunch added that day. This is based on a long list of factors, variables, and normalization procedures; rest assured we're doing Science all over the place. It's likely that this may be one of the "best" tutorials listed that day; it's also possible that it's just a tutorial that many find interesting for one reason or another. Either way, we think you'll like it.

I'd love it if you gave it a shot, followed @goodtutorials on Twitter, and let me know what you think. I'll be improving and tweaking the algorithm over the coming days and weeks, so I'd love to hear if you're digging the chosen tutorials or if you think there's something better listed that day that we missed. Feel free to follow @holman to hear more of my thoughts as well while you're at it.

Happy Thursday!

avatarsedFEIS almost 12 years ago

great! you're doing a great job zach :)

avatarPepper (moderator)almost 12 years ago

following - also, how come sometimes some tutorials are on the front page for twice as long as others? Don't you think tutorials with better rankings should stay up longer then others?

avatarholman (administrator and creator)almost 12 years ago

Depends on how many tutorials have come after it. If it's a slow weekend, for example, some times some tutorials will tend to stay on the front page longer. I'm not sold on making a front page a la reddit right now.

avatartsdesigns almost 12 years ago

Sounds like a great idea to me. I'd follow it if I were on twitter but alas i'm not, too many social networks i'm on at the moment, it's distracting me from real work...

Although it seems that they are mostly (if not all) for Photoshop. Might be a good idea (if the following on twitter ends up being popular) to use the same idea but for each section (or at least the more popular sections). I know you wouldn't have a tutorial posted in some of the categories each day, but you could just do it weekly or something for those. A little more work but it would be a nice idea for those who come to this site for a specific category of tutorials.

avatarholman (administrator and creator)almost 12 years ago

Good points, tsdesigns. I did notice the Photoshop slant; I added some code to compensate and get some more diversity in there, but I might need to sprinkle a little bit more forced diversity on it as well. Besides, even though I have plenty of topics listed, our bread and butter is still Photoshop... people comment, view, rate, and participate more with Photoshop tutorials than others, which slants the "interestingness" factor. But that's okay; I've planned on evolving the algorithm as I continue to improve upon it in the future.

As for multiple accounts... tentative no. The idea's cool and all, but I think I want to try the "end all, be all" approach for now. Just seems straightforward and easy to comprehend, which is the main thrust of the idea to move to twitter in the first place. I could easily have reposted every tutorial there, but I want it to just be a clear-cut way of not being bothered and only seeing the one choice tutorial a day. But I'll definitely keep that and other ideas in mind as the concept moves and adapts.

avatarelitenick over 11 years ago

Hey, what's up?

I just noticed when I came here all the banner ad spots were empty, so I decided to put mine up for a day, as well as featuring one of my tutorials for 2 days.

I also looked up the Good-Tutorial stats on Alexa, and for some reason this site is going way down the ranks for no apparent reason. Any idea?

avatarholman (administrator and creator)over 11 years ago

Could be because you can trust Alexa data as far as you can throw it. :) Really, though, I haven't considered it relevant in half a decade, if at all.

avatarwajanusdesigns about 11 years ago

hey, I haven't read any of the other comments but I noticed that most of the tutorials featured are for photoshop. how about some variety? Or how about posting the best in each category every day?

avatarholman (administrator and creator)about 11 years ago

Featured Tutorials are paid ads; those that get featured are self-selected by those purchasing the spot.

avatarsamehadaku over 8 years ago

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avatarBenGravity over 3 years ago

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