Winetweets – A Self Organizing Twitter Group Bot

Yesterday I saw this tweet from JD Lasica:

1st Twitter wine review: I love the Rivola Estate Grown Sardon de Duero
2004 "Abadia Retuerta" (Spain), $16. Supple, tangy, big and complex.

I thought, "ooh, that would make a great twitter group bot." And so I replied with this:

  @jdlasica we have to create winetweets when you have a great wine you send to @winetweets. You in?

Not only did JD think it was a good idea, so did a bunch of others including Alex Iskold and Rick Stratton.

And over the course of the day yesterday, winetweets became real (thanks largely to Rick’s efforts). Here’s how it works.

1) join twitter
2) go to winetweets and hit the follow button (if you want the updates on your phone select device updates)
3) whenever you have a great wine, just send a twitter message that looks like this

@winetweets chateau ducru beaucaillou 1978 has still got it. Not for much longer though

That was my winetweet from last night. That message will get posted to winetweets and sent to everyone who is following.

For those that are into advanced winetweeting, here are two additional twists.

1) include a link to the wine where you can get more info and/or buy online

2) put a hashtag (#) in front of the varietal

So, this would be the advanced form of a winetweet:

@winetweets Paolo Bea #sagrantino di montefalco  2003 Secco is a fabulous  big complex red wine

So that’s it. We’ve already got 25 people following winetweets and we’ve got 15 updates so far. If you are a wine and twitter lover, please join in the fun.