Possibility and Probability

A Python programmer with a personality thinking about space exploration

18 August 2010

Are tweets the new .plan?

by nickadmin

Back in the good old days, there was the .plan file. You could use the finger command to ping a server and it would return the contents of the .plan file. The awesome folks at id Software were big users of this service. It was so very cool to get a behind the scenes peek at what was going on with a group of people making a top notch game. Other developers began doing this also, and soon there was a nice little ecosystem of plan updates flying around. This was all pre-RSS. Over time the .plan file fad kinda fizzled out and died. But now with the rise of twitter, it seems like it could see a come back. True, 140 characters is not a lot of room to explain certain technical issues, but John Carmack’s tweets are a step in the right direction. I’m glad he’s back.