the swarm have been diligent about defending the area around my home. specifically, i found one member of the swarm and myself taking turns re-capturing the same five-ish territories. in particularly active periods of contention, it became evident that the faction icons being rendered as pins over the bing map did not change with the same immediacy as twitter.com/qonqrcast would broadcast them. as a member of the faceless, i decided that technological warfare was the answer.
the following is a console application (written in one night, refactored in another) which will monitor QONQRCAST, and send a text message to your cellphone (via SMS Gateway [alternatively, it can just email you]) when an opposing faction takes over a territory that you are monitoring. additionally, it will send you a text/email reminder every four hours to remind you to harvest your bases.
here's the console application that i've been running it from (included in the above-linked solution):
static void Main(string args)
var trackedStates = new List<string>()
var trackedCities = new List<string>()
"A Third City Name",
var notifyEmails = new List<string>()
var smtpCredentials = new NetworkCredential()
UserName = "email@example.com",
Password = "Password!*"
// be sure to set the SMTP host, here.
var watcher = new WatchTower( trackedStates,