Twitblogs Alpha Aims at Middle – Between Blogs and Twitter

twitblogs-logoTwitblogs is an interesting startup currently in alpha that is designed for “long winded” Twitter life streamers like myself. It allows any Twitter user to tweet as usual, or to use Twitter for microblogging, complete with images, sounds, videos, and rich text. This will eventually allow for a deeper and more diverse experience for those who opt to dig into it. Essentially the service provides a “back story” for any Twitter tweet.

How It Works

The Twitblogs interface is clean and simple. Users are essentially looking at a three tab, top navigation interface with a sidebar reflection of their Twitter account. The top tabs reflect the functions it offers: Blog, Twitter, and Search respectively. In the screen shot below, these basic functions are seen with the other elements.

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Blogging

The blog interface is the heart of this little tweet enhancer. A simple text editor is provided, along with photo and image capability. To post a tweet with extras simply requires entering the standard 140 character tweet, inputting any URLs (which are then shortened), and then adding more text and other media as desired. The end result is an update on Twitter, with a link back to the full entry. The input interface and the resulting post are illustrated below.

Input editor showing all aspects.

Input editor showing all aspects.

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Tweets here work just as simply as they do on the Twitter site itself; perhaps even smoother. Without going into too much detail, it is obvious how useful and fun this tool will be for many. For those who feel frustrated with the limitations of just 140 characters, this is a happy compromise between a full blog post and a tiny tweet.

Searching

Twitblogs offers a nice search function that can be quite effective for finding people or relevant tweets on Twitter. The ability to save those searches is a helpful addition. Below is a search result along with the save function that helped me find things related to a friend.

Finding stuff related to Pete was easy.

Finding stuff related to old Pete was easy.

Other Aspects

According to the Twitblogs development team, within the next week or so, they intend to release several key features, among those are: Growl notification support, threaded conversation in the Twitter tab, auto refresh in search, twitblo.gs version of shortened URLs, and other improvements.

Conclusion

Twitblogs is co-founded by Roger Kondrat, Santosh Panda, and Sam Sethi. So far there are no strict roles for the founders, but Roger is head of Marketing and PR, Sam’s bio reads like business development, and Santosh’s akin to CTO. I suggested to Roger that Twitblogs would make one interesting tool in widget form, to which he agreed – suggesting I wait to see what’s next. Twitblogs right now is replete with a good number of bugs and glitches that make the experience rather, well, aggravating. These appear to be mainly Javascript issues, and the team assured me they are going to a more pure CSS format for many features.

Though only in very early development, Twitblogs has obvious potential. According to Roger, they already have relationships with Amazon and Sun Microsystems. From a blogger perspective it currently serves little purpose, but I see the finished tool as a communications platform in portable form. It makes sense as a widget, but one where the dialogue started on Twitter, can be used to engage a deeper dialogue and experience it quickly, easily and from anywhere. This is where I think the tool is headed, and it is actually just what Twitter needed in the first place.

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  • Roger Kondrat

    Hi Phil,

    Awesome write up about Twitblogs, we are really excited about the future of our little service with nested commenting soon to become standard across the platform and CSS to slowly take away much of the JS issues you mentioned.

    I hope your audience enjoys our service and I wanted to say a big thank you to you for taking the time to check us out.

    Thanks
    Roger

  • InternetisScary

    Twitblogs…very cool. I’m very interested in the world of twitter, but I’m scared that if I share too much people are either going to know all my secrets, or think I’m crazy. Or even worse, BORING!

  • havemoreclients.com

    This is very interesting and I can see how this can take both blogging and twitter. I’ll be upgrading my how to use twitter guide soon – looks like this will have a section on its own.

    Thanks for sharing

    • http://www.pamil-visions.com Phil Butler

      Hi Guys! You are so welcome Roger! Scary and havemore, I am glad you like the idea of Twitblogs, it is an interesting tool for perhaps a great number of people. Testing it was fun and I can imagine being able to direct people at deeper conversations. it is not like we cannot do that now. but for new Twitter users who are not blog oriented, it would make a nice introduction or alternative.

      Thanks Again,
      Always,
      Phil