In a smart move earlier this month, Twitter bought Summize, and turned it into search.twitter.com. Now Twitter should snap up some more services to capitalise on the work others have done using the API, and really jump ahead in the micro-blog space that they created. So, what else could they add?

index.twitter.com

Twellow is rough around the edges, but it is a great way to search for useful stuff on Twitter. Want to follow some people who are into the same TV shows as you? Solicit some advice from a web developer or Linux geek? Find some news sources? Twitter could grab Twellow, or probably knock together their own directory.

Twellow

pics.twitter.com

TwitPic is essential. Already tightly integrated, this is a brilliant way of sharing photos through Twitter.

feeds.twitter.com

Twitterfeed is a core service for anyone who wants to tweet an RSS feed. (And I'm not just including this because I did the logo!)

twitterfeed

links.twitter.com

Another service already in perfect harmony with Twitter is Tweetburner. Your link-sharing stats could be displayed on an extended profile page, along with all your shared TwitPics and other goodies. This one probably makes the most sense, as the URL shortening market thrives largely thanks to Twitter.

twitter.com/notes

Another service that just needs a lick of paint is TwitterNotes. Just by using a plus sign, this can identify your tweet as a note, and keep it handy for later. It even supports tagging. Postica has a more novel way of displaying notes, but lacks for any other real selling (or buying) points.

news.twitter.com

Twitt(url)y and TweetWire both search and filter out hot links on Twitter. This could make for a pretty interesting alternative frontpage, to answer the frequent newbie complaint of 'I don't see what the point is!'

stats.twitter.com

Buy TwitterCounter, mix in the Tweetburner and Summise data, and you can provide users with some pretty cool analytics data! A TwitDir or Twitterholic style 'Top 100' would be popular too. And Mood Status might be a fun addition.

stats

tags.twitter.com

Identica is already offering a tags page, but Twitter could take the lead by snapping up Hashtags (or the less sexy Twemes).

twitter.com/followers + twitter.com/following

Twitter really needs to revamp the follower/following management, and it could start by looking at MyTweeple, which does a great job of showing you a summary of information on all those who follow you, and all those you follow, making it easy to spot spammers or the anti-social attention whores who seem to be plaguing Twitter these days.

In conclusion...

There's not really any need for Twitter to spend millions on acquiring all of these new features, but I think this list does go to show how much potential there is. I'm sure Obvious know what they're doing (or at least think they know better), but they would be daft to ignore the brainstorming efforts of hundreds of smart fans. To a large extent, the beauty of Twitter is in its simplicity, but I think all of these features could be added without compromising what is already there.

C'mon Twitter, shake it up a little!

2 comments:

I don't really think it's necessary for them to buy these. Twitter is right now mostly a platform with tons of sites and apps built off of them. However, if they want to make money they need to get more things that people use. Summize was a good first one because tons of people used it, and same for the services you mention.

August 1, 2008 at 3:07 AM  

You're right. Like I suggested in my conclusion, it's the ideas they should be adopting.

August 1, 2008 at 8:31 AM  

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