12seconds: Twitter for video (and video for Twitter)


A new day, a new video service. Today: 12seconds, which has a refreshing take on web video: Record a video message of exactly 12 seconds, the moving image equivalent of a 140 character message on Twitter. It’s a video micro blog.

hello world on 12seconds.tv My first test post on 12seconds.

You see the parallels to Twitter? Well, good. Because Twitter integration is also what 12 seconds is all about, and that really works a charm.

As with Twitter, it’s not really obvious why anyone would want to get 12 second video snippets about your whereabouts. Also as with Twitter, I’m fairly sure there’s excellent use cases and a certain addictive quality to the service. That said, 12seconds seems to me like a service better used mobile, where it could be quite fun, and maybe even useful.

(via mashable. Thanks to Ross Hill for the invite.)

Twitter feature request: Protected updates options


One thing that’d be really useful for Twitter: If you could signal somehow why your Twitter updates are protected. Some folks do it because they prefer to communicate within their circle of friends. Others do it so they can monitor who subscribes to their tweets – which is the only way of making sure that your tweets’ RSS feed doesn’t get syndicated all over the web. If there was a way to say what your motivation is to keep your tweets protected it might spare a many a moment of social awkwardness, non?

Is Twitter the new Google?


Well, of course that title is slightly misleading. (Come on, what did you expect?) However, it’s not just there to draw a few more eyeballs. Let me explain what I mean.

Google is everywhere. But not just in a general, universal “oh my god they’re everywhere” sense, but more concretely: I work with Google all day, every day. The first few browser tabs I open in the morning are from Google (mail, docs, cal, feeds and, oh, right: search). I manage my calendar through Google and have it sync with my Blackberry. Most of the docs I work on with others live in Google Docs. What I’m trying to say is: I rely on Google much more than I probably should, and I’m not the only one. But at this point I have to say, for a freelancer like me Google provides the best solutions.

Enter Twitter: While it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Twitter, I’ve always seen it as some kind of add-on service, something that’s nice to have and a little addictive, but not really necessary. But just today, I wrote three blog posts in which I pointed to Twitter, that dealt with some aspects of Twitter, and I tried to get in touch with a few folks through Twitter – unsuccessfully. Twitter has been really shaky all day. I’m increasingly relying on a shaky service. No good, is it?

Still: I don’t believe Michael Arrington is right when he says folks just move from Twitter to Friendfeed. Friendfeed is great, but Twitter has survived other great competitors like Pownce. Twitter is just so simple and fun that people (including myself) stay there despite the competitors’ better feature sets and reliability. Also, Twitter are working on improving their service, their blog is full of new hires.

And so I’m going to stay there as well. But I guess I’ll have to come up with a plan B so I’m not stranded if something really bad happens to Twitter. Like more users, or a major event that folks like to twitter about.

Must Read: Social Media 100


Social media allstar Chris Brogan has started a great series of posts on Social Media recently. By now, enough material has come together to dive right in. Every single post has one or more insights more than worth the time. Clearly, a must read for folks in the social media space.

You won’t be surprised I’m particularly fond of his Twitter Revisited post. (I’ve outed myself as a big fan of the micro blogging tool before.) Chris points out how much he has got out of Twitter during 2007.

Here’s a link to all Social Media 100 posts.