Tube 2.0 (or Tuber)

By Rob Last edited 135 months ago
Tube 2.0 (or Tuber)

Over the years there have been many attempts to introduce the rather shy, furtive and, let's face it, constantly tardy London Underground system to the shiny, brash and only occasionally unstable world of modern technology.

Keeping track of the Tube's many ups and downs would be a huge benefit to the thousands of us who use it every single day. Wouldn't it be great to know about a 'suspect package' or a 'derailment' before you actually left the pub?

But as the Transport For London website only just started working in Firefox, the geek community have hardly been holding their breath for some new shiny solution.

Enter Tom Morris.

Tom is a very brave man. He's taken the latest social networking phenomenon that all the kids are into (Twitter) and married it with the current status for each and every Tube line....and he did it while wearing his pyjamas!

So what's the upshot of all this geekery? Well, on top of using Twitter to tell your mates what you had for breakfast etc (and you'd be surprised at how addictive that is) you can also get a running, real-time update on whichever lines affect your ability to get home in time to watch Heroes. Genius. And if you're not all that keen on Twitter then you can just subscribe to the resulting RSS feed instead.

By the way - Londonist now has a Twitter account so we'll be looking to provide more Londony goodness that way in the near future. In the meantime you can add us a friend.

Last Updated 02 March 2007


Ok, so what's new?

Real-time tube updates over SMS have been available for years (ask for an update, get it back via SMS)

If you have a Crack/Blackberry that can download the RSS update in between leaving the office and arriving at the tube station, the I'd recommend throwing it under the the train.


I actually don't think anyone (including most of the geek community) is into twitter apart from Rob.

Tom Morris

Andrew: what makes it useful is that people are already using Twitter, and they can subscribe by adding it. Before I built the Twitter updates, there weren't RSS feeds either.

I tried to sign up for the London Transport SMS updates a few years ago and got nowhere. I had the data available, so it seemed like a natural thing to do.

"ask for an update, get it back via SMS"
You've forgotten stage two: pay for it. Twitter is free!