There are a few decent options for Twitter addicts in BlackBerry’s App World (we still feel weird calling it that). But Research in Motion is hoping to one-up them all with its own official Twitter app for BlackBerry.
It’s a nice blend of Twitter’s own Web interface with the advanced features of photo uploading that only a native app can do.
But, dude, what’s with all the buttons? Are all of those widgets at the top really necessary?
Not surprisingly, Twitter Inc. isn’t making an official application for the iPad. (You can always pull up Twitter.com in the tablet computer’s Safari browser.) Instead, the company is relying on its army of third-party developers to dream up the next wave of touchable software, and they’re taking the call.
Mobile browsers hitting Facebook has grown 112% year-over-year while access to Twitter’s site using a mobile browser is up 347%, according to a new report by ComScore.
Many phones now have fully-featured apps, which would explain why Facebook’s growth pales in comparison to its 140-character competitor. Also, 2009 was also essentially the Year of Twitter by many accounts.
Nearly a third of Congress members are using Twitter, whether to make political points or just talk about the weather.
Times writer Faye Fiore writes:
“If you thought the minute-to-minute musings of your best friends were boring (‘I need coffee … I just saw a snowflake’) just wait.
Now we know that at 1:41 p.m on Dec. 15, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) set out to deliver his holiday fruitcakes. Or that on Jan. 21 at 6:13 a.m. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) was reading ‘Three Cups of Tea’ and thought it was ‘great so far.’ Or that at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) was excited to learn his state’s own Stefanie Wittler had taken third place in the Miss America contest: ‘Strong woman. Great family!’”
Toy company Mattel has announced plans to release a new product called Puppy Tweets. The product allows dogs to Twitter about their daily activities.
The product, which will retail for $29.99, uses a sound and motion sensor to determine what pets might be up to.
Attached to a dog’s collar, the plastic tag randomly generates one of 500 canned tweets when it detects barking or movement and automatically posts an update to Fido’s own Twitter page.
Woofing could mean, “I bark because I miss you. There, I said it. Now hurry home.” A tweet from the backyard might read, “I finally caught that tail I’ve been chasing, and … OOUUUCHH!”
And here we thought Twitter, the social network that plays so well with SMS, would benefit from its adoption.
According to a Pew survey, as kids text more frequently, they tend to not be users of Twitter.
A week before anyone even knew the name iPad (except for Mad TV, but the writers there are clearly visionaries), the team behind the popular Twitter software Seesmic had already announced its designed-for-tablet app.
Seesmic Look opens a window to a simplified, channel-surfing-esque experience to browsing tweets. Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur says, “Think Mom and Dad.”
Image via Seesmic