Twitter Employee Writes Bot to Tweet Expiring Netflix Instant Movies

Adam DuVander
Feb. 16 2011, 03:14AM EST

"Every day, movies expire from Netflix Watch Instantly," Twitter's Robin Sloan tweeted. So, the one-time Current TV online strategist decided to do something about it. Using the Netflix API, he wrote a program to find the movies that are about to expire. Then, he tweets them out from @queuenoodle, an account that has already hit nearly 4,000 followers in a day.

Naturally, we assume Sloan also used the Twitter API to fully automate the process. It's a truly simple idea that is incredibly useful. While we're unsure whether Netflix likes to promote how often its instant options change, @queuenoodle's functionality would be perfectly suited for the Instant Netflix Twitter account and its more than 100,000 followers.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.