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It appears that for now at least, we won't get to find out the value of identity on Twitter.
A few days ago, Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron put his Twitter account up for sale on eBay, offering access to his 1,500-plus followers. (It's now at 1,757 followers.) Within a few days, the bidding had gone over $1,500 and appeared headed for much more.
At the same time, Baron went on Craigslist and was also offering to sell a two-day guest-hosting slot on his Twitter account for $150.
"I really love my Twitter account but … Read more
Faceroller is the latest Web app from the folks at PopMinds who have done such Web marvels as the Web 2.0 stripe, tartan, and reflection generators. It's a delightfully simple microblogging service that combines Webcam photography, text, and geolocation. Users can use their Webcams or the cameras on their mobile phones to take a picture, add a short message, and send it out to the world. What sets it apart is that it automatically figures out where you're posting from and adds it to your message.
Besides the Web and mobile front ends, you can simply send … Read more
This post was updated at 9:08 a.m. PDT to reflect the fact that Twitter has denied that it was testing advertisements.
If an ad shows up in a Twitter feed and no one's awake to see it, did it really appear?
Reports surfaced overnight on Monday that advertisements were appearing sporadically in some of the micro-messaging service's Web-based streams, suggesting that perhaps Twitter may be close to losing its punchline status as the Silicon Valley darling that hasn't earned a dime yet. A handful of blogs wrote about it, but it seems like most Twitter … Read more
It's easy to use, and it works as advertised. If you have a lot of Twitter followers, you can use it to start getting results very quickly. My little test poll got about a dozen replies in 20 seconds, which was great.
But we're talking about Twitter, a medium that specializes in the fleeting. After the first batch of votes, my … Read more
If you're familiar with Techmeme, Tailrank, and other services that track content trends on the Web, you should bookmark a new service called Twitlinks. It uses a hand-picked selection of technology personalities on Twitter and compiles their tweets into a news feed. If there are news links or stories that come out of those tweets, they'll end up on the front page, in a reverse chronological view mere minutes after they're posted.
Got a jailbroken iPhone? Then you've got to download a fantastic app called Twinkle that's doing some amazing things to make Twitter even more useful for people while they're out and about. Besides being a delightfully simple Twitter client (see also: ThinCloud and Hahlo), Twilight's killer app is its location tool, which taps into the LocateMe feature introduced in iPhone firmware version 1.1.3. Using this, it can narrow down not only where you are (to be included in your Tweets), but it also lets you see who's around you anywhere from 1 to … Read more
AlertThingy, the first (I believe) AIR application for FriendFeed, is now out. If you're a FriendFeed user just go and install it. It's probably what you've been waiting for: A desktop application that funnels all the things your friends are doing that make it into FriendFeed to your desktop. You can also post comments back to FriendFeed (and the sites FriendFeed then posts to) with the application.