December 15, 2008 |
Today we have yet another application built for use with Twitter launched. The name is Twitblogs and it is launched at the Twinterval event in London this evening. Twitblogs is launched in alpha so you definitely should not expect it to be 100% stable for now but you can already see the functionality it offers anyway. Also judging by the plans for the future of Twitblogs shared with me by the team it is a very early alpha that will eventually progress into something very impressive.
As the name suggests, Twitblogs offers a platform for you to run your blog with its new entries broadcasted to all your Twitter followers – but without limiting you to the usual 140 characters. For everyone who thinks that 140 characters is never enough to actually have something important to say Twitblogs offers a solution by combining Twitter experience with blogging.
So Twitblogs looks like a combination of Twitter with a normal blogging platform (but somewhat simplified) where you will be able to write a post with a title of 120 characters or less and no visible limitations on the post length and add some basic formatting to the text as well.
In addition to words, TwitBlogs also offers you to embed or link images or even videos in your posts (you may remember that we have recently reviewed JigTweets, a startup that allows you to post absolutely anything as a tweet as well – be it an image, a video, a location on the map or a URL of a website).
When a blog post is created, it is published as an update on Twitter that will only contain the post’s title and a URL to access it on Twitblogs. Your Twitter followers who arrive and see your blog post will be able to also leave comments logging in with their Twitter login credentials so you can have a discussion with all the Twitter followers who will be interested enough in reading your blog post.
This makes Twitblogs somewhat similar to a normal URL shortener for Twitter since it will only send an update with your blog post title and a URL to access it but the additional functionality for comments looks like a huge advantage to me as it allows everyone to have a conversation with Twitter followers in a centralized place in addition to offering plenty of materials for such a conversation in form of a real blog post with images or videos.
TwitBlogs looks like a pretty nice application that some of the Twitter fans will probably be very willing to try out and see if it works as promised and if they will get addicted enough. The application will probably be mostly appealing for people who don’t have their own blog for now but have already embraced Twitter and want to enhance their experience. Another audience may be bloggers or reporters researching something with the help of their Twitter friends: we will be able to publish a post with the questions we have or some background information and get all the opinions we want from people in the comments. But of course Twitblogs will never replace your existing blog if you already have one but the simplified experience may be exactly what is needed to introduce more people to blogging.