There have been raging wildfires and rumbling earthquakes inspiring avalanches of Twitter updates over the last few weeks out here on the West Coast of the
Do You Owe Someone A Beer?
Foamee.com is a fun IOU system built on Twitter that helps you track who you owe beers to (and vice versa). All you have to do is follow the account "ioubeer" and then send it @replies. So, say you owe me a beer for helping you change a flat tire, this is what
you'd send to Twitter:
@ioubeer @biz for helping me change that flat tire
Then, your IOU will show up on the front page at foamee.com. There's even a way to tell it when that beer has been redeemed. I think a root beer version is in the works. Maybe even a latte version? Those are foamy too. Dan Cederholm of SimpleBits design is the mastermind behind this fanciful creation. We think it's really cool. Thanks Dan, we owe you a frosty one!
Other Cool Stuff
Foamee is part of a growing list of interesting applications that interact with Twitter. Jott, for example, has created a way to send a Twitter update by speaking into your phone--your voice gets converted to text and sent out to all your followers. This is a much safer solution for people who insist on updating Twitter when their attention is required elsewhere--like driving!
Twitter by Voice: http://jott.com
More Twitter Apps: http://twitter.pbwiki.com/Apps
We have a sidebar on the Twitter public timeline page where we occasionally mention accounts you might want to follow. For example, during the
SkinnyJeans is wondering if Twitter can help her lose 10 pounds.
Jamie Kennedy is experimenting with Twitter.
Maureen is serving up a steady stream of tiny recipes.
Sara Bareilles is sharing the details of her budding career.
On the subject of emergencies, that earthquake we had recently in
Twitter on the
In case you didn't know, Twitter has a mobile web site that you can access from your phone's web browser at m.twitter.com. Twitter developer Britt Selvitelle has been quietly improving the site recently. It's a great way to check out what people are up to when you're waiting for a bus or taking the subway home from work. Britt's Twitter profile is http://twitter.com/bs in case you want to @ioubeer @bs for making the mobile site!
-Biz Stone and the Twitter Team
Friday, 9 November 2007
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