Hilary Mason: How to Replace Yourself with a Very Small Shell Script

May 25, 2010

Just stumbled upon a YouTube clip of one of the best Ignite presentations I've seen, by Hilary Mason, a computer scientist at Bit.ly. Mason wrote a series of scripts that auto-respond to email with particular content, and auto-nag folks she's emailed but hasn't gotten a response from yet. Hit the play button to hear more. She says once the code's fit for sharing she'll put it up on GitHub. Cannot wait.

This is a serious win.

Jonathan Simon [+2]
May 25 10 at 4:57 pm

Very nice, I really love that it’s python that we always talk about sweet and short ;)

or, you can just get a Dispatch account :) http://getdispatch.com Auto-responding to email with particular content is only one of the awesome things we do.

Richard Felix
May 25 10 at 5:31 pm

Don’t get excited … I saw this video a while ago, and no GitHub yet.

Mike Harris
May 25 10 at 6:17 pm

etacts (www.etacts.com) for Gmail does some similar things too. You can remind yourself if someone hasn’t responded in a while. It also gives you history for your relationships over email so you can make sure to touch base with people ever so often.

http://www.etacts.com

lopezjuanr
May 26 10 at 7:27 am

I wonder if anyone has ever calculated how many total years of a presenter’s life, by the time they retire, are spent saying “Um”?

Sleepy Maggie
May 27 10 at 12:17 pm


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