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Microformateers is a Twitter account providing quick answers to people's questions about microformats. Twitter is full of people with short queries about syntax, or remarking upon things they've read about microformats. Microformats.org already runs the @microformats account for pushing news and announcements, but the microformateers effort is about responding.


What is this?

Microformateers is a single Twitter account, shared between a number of individual contributors. They monitor Twitter searches for mentions of microformats and related terms, and respond directly and publicly to people's lazy-web questions, ideally within 140 characters. Where longer code examples are required, code snippets areposted to gist.

Who are the microformateers?

Because of the mechanics of Twitter (a single account, shared with a single password) it is not possible for the Microformateers account to be open to all. The following agents are currently ‘on duty’:

Frances Berriman (^FB)


Tantek Çelik (^T)


Matthias Pfefferle (^MP)


Response Process


Please document the searches you use to track microformats topics. For searches that exclude individual Twitter accounts, do not include any personal user blacklists.

Bots to Exclude

Depending on the tool you use to track Twitter topics, you may need to add exclusions to the above searches to filter out spam; there are some automated bots on Twitter that produce odd spam. Remember that the Twitter Search API doesn't account for the blocklist of the @microformateers account.

Use this list for obscure, automated bots only, or users who are using microformat terms for non-web topics and generating collisions. Do not use this list for Twitter users that you personally disagree with or find irritating; excluding people from searches is a personal matter for individual agents, never group policy.

Interested List

If you're interested in becoming an agent for the microformateers, please add your name to the list below. There are a couple of constraints on this system: First is trust and security, simply because Twitter's account model requires sharing the same master password for the @microformateers account between all participants; we have to be conservative with proliferation. The second issue is meeting volume of demand. At present, we think that 4/5 agents is about the right number to be involved given the volume of questions and content that come through Twitter. But, as agents come and go, or as question demand increases we'll refer to this list. Thanks. (Technical solutions to make sharing Twitter accounts safer and accountable are also up for future consideration.) —BenWard 21:31, 26 September 2009 (UTC)

Microformateers was last modified: Tuesday, January 12th, 2010