Autovist broken-URL notification

Chris Downey

Founder, VaxCalc Labs and creator of Autovist and the Vaccine Ingredients Calculator.

Isn’t just awful when a great link you’ve been sharing breaks?  Perhaps the content has been removed or the website has been reorganized.  As busy online activists, we don’t have the time to check all the links we share. Especially when we use Autovist and have thousands of tweets in our knowledge-base, checking links becomes unmanageable.

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How NOT to change your API (looking at you, Twitter!)

Chris Downey

Founder, VaxCalc Labs and creator of Autovist and the Vaccine Ingredients Calculator.

Twitter added extended tweet mode to their API and screwed up Autovist. Autovist helps you build a massive knowledge base by importing your tweets every night.  When importing a tweet with a photo, Autovist has always been able to tweet it again and again looking exactly like the original tweet. It worked perfectly for years.

But then Twitter “enhanced” its API and returned different results by default.  What was originally tweeted like this:

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