Twitwall is a service which integrates with your Twitter account and allows you to post updates that are longer than 140 characters. You already have an account, just sign in using your Twitter credentials. You can also embed images and videos right inside your update. When you create your post on Twitwall, your Twitter followers will see the title followed by the link to the post.
When they visit your Twitwall and comment on your entry, it comes to you as a standard Twitter reply, also with a link to the full entry. Take a look at my Twitwall for an example.
My first reaction when I saw Twitwall was definitely not positive. I couldn’t really see what the point was. If I want to post things longer than 140 characters with embedded images and video, why wouldn’t I just create a post on my blog? If I don’t really want to blog, I could use something like Tumblr. If that’s still too much excitement, I could use a service like FriendFeed or Rejaw.
There Is a Point
Hardcore Twitter users do not like to leave Twitter. Most of them do not feel like exploring other services. Twitter is just too simple to use, too familiar, and all their followers are there. No matter how awesome another service might be, these people are not moving.
- You don’t have to create an account on another service
- You don’t have to rebuild your community on another service
- You don’t have to learn the in’s and out’s of another service
- You don’t have to do anything all that different from what you do now
The Twitwall Concept
The creator of Twitwall, Michael E. Carluen, was nice enough to contact me and briefly explain his vision for Twitwall. Most people blog to create a name for themselves and possibly generate a little income. Twitwall aims to give it’s users an easy way to create and monetize their content. It’s not really trying to compete with your standard blogging platforms. It’s more in the same arena as Squidoo or eHow.
There are some pretty cool features coming in the future, including:
- Ability to upload and attach PDF’s and other non-media documents
- Integration of 3rd party branding vendors like TwittAd, TwitterGallery, TwitArt and others
- Uploading videos directly instead of embedding
- Photo carousel/gallery
I think Twitwall and services like it definitely have a niche to fill and I look forward to seeing what develops.Category: web 2.0 | Tags: twitter, twitwall