Top SA hacks on Twitter

A new version of the SA Hacks List, which lists local journalists which have Twitter accounts, was launched recently.

The person behind this list, IOL editor Alastair Otter (@alastairotter), said that the new Hacks List (v2.0) is a complete rewrite of the code.

“A couple of years ago I started a small project to collect the Twitter handles of South African journalists. That first iteration was done using a Google spreadsheet but it quickly got complicated,” said Otter.

“The second version was built using a database, some PHP code and the Twitter API, which worked nicely until Twitter updated its API to standardise on OAuth for authorisation.”

“I didn’t have the time to re-do the code when this happened so the Hacks List languished for a while. Until now. The new Hacks List (v2.0) is a complete rewrite of the code,” said Otter.

The SA Hacks List orders journalists according to name, followers, tweets, date joined or time listed.

The journalists with the most followers are as follows:

  1. Barry Bateman – 137,059 followers
  2. John Robbie – 129,623 followers
  3. Redi Tlhabi – 127,570 followers
  4. Leanne Manas – 99,799 followers
  5. Ferial Haffajee – 87,429 followers
  6. Mandy Wiener – 82,911 followers
  7. Aki Anastasiou – 56,888 followers
  8. Max du Preez – 53,783 followers
  9. Stephen Grootes – 53,560 followers
  10. Bruce Whitfield – 48,842 followers

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