Market Tweets

Oct 25, 2008 08:45 · 158 words · 1 minute read

I’ve been playing around with making things Twitter again, inspired by Tower Bridge and my previous efforts with the Shipping Forecast. The bridge has been very “successful”, at least judged by the off-Twitter attention that it got - I’m not completely happy with the Shipping Forecast though, because I think I’m trying to push too much information into 140 characters.

So my latest attempts are four stock market indexes - the FTSE-100, the DAX-30, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nikkei 225. They tweet every hour while the relevant exchanges are open, so don’t manage your portfolios with them - but I liked the idea of having the doom and despondency of the markets flit past every hour in my peripheral vision.

I also thought it was quite important that they’re twittering in the first person, and have some national characteristics (or should that be stereotypes?) Follow them here (FTSE), here (DAX), here (DJIA) and here (Nikkei).