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March 18, 2013, 2:51 p.m.
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Wired reports on the open source agent platform Huginn, hosted on GitHub, which allows you to track your own data across web applications and store it on your own server.

Huginn can notify you when your favorite sites are updated, aggregate your location check-ins over time, or warn you the day before it’s supposed to snow. But the most interesting tool may be the one that monitors keywords on Twitter and notifies you when everyone starts talking about stuff you’re interested in.

But that’s just the beginning. Developers can build more “agents” for the platform. The software is named after the ravens of Norse mythology, Huginn and Muninn, who travel the world collecting information for the god Odin.

But the point, says Andrew Cantino, the creator of Huginn, is that it’s not Pipes or IFTTT. “Pipes isn’t really being maintained,” says Andrew Cantino, the creator of Huginn. “If This Then That seems to be doing well, but I don’t really know if it’s going to stick around. Ultimately, I don’t control the data.”

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