Rethinking Twitter

I have been arguing with Constantin Gonzalez about the best way to use twitter. He ended one of his mails to me with the advice to get a better phone and/or client. Yesterday twitter announced that they were terminating SMS transmissions in the UK. Oh Hoorah! So it looks like I need to take his advice.

I use a Sony Ericsson K610i, which I have also been advised to change and so I have the choice of using a WAP service or looking for a Java application. So far I have found

The twitter blog article offers some other advice including http://www.cellity.com/, this looks neat but does anyone know what their business model is? It also suggests looking at a page on getsatisfaction, where a lively discussion is taking place.

I have had a quick look at the two wap sites. tweete.net looks OK, but how shall I get it to discriminate between those I want on the phone and those I don't. Its font size is smaller than twitter's, so harder to read, but more white space.

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Dave,

I wrote about this very subject yesterday:
http://blogs.sun.com/eclectic/entry/no_outbound_twitter_for_europe

I appreciate your piece looks at the functional replacements for the service that Twitter suggest, and it's good to know how well these work (or don't as the case may be).

The focus of my article is that all of the options put forward by Twitter are "for cost" options. Either you end up paying for the individual SMS messages to come down to you or you pay for the datalink to the WAP service.

Both instances are barriers to adoption and yet both ensure that the Wireless / Telco. provider community involved effectively get paid twice (they already get paid for the inbound SMS service to Twitter, of course).

Twitter have rather set a precedent by providing this for free up until now and I genuinely wonder how many people will put up with having to pay for a service they have enjoyed for free for so long.

In the short term I suspect it's more likely people will try and subvert the Twitter service so as to continue to get a free outbound SMS service. The most obvious way to do this is by using a little bit of social engineering to spoof an account which receives the free SMS service (i.e. one in the US, Canada or India), but we will see.

Wayne

P.S.

Obviously your readers are more than welcome to have a look at my Twitter feed:
http://blogs.sun.com/eclectic/entry/follow_wayne_horkan_on_twitter

Posted by Wayne Horkan on August 15, 2008 at 05:25 AM PDT #

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