Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Twitter -> Universal IM client and more

I have been using Twitter on and off for a little over a year. Initially Twitter seemed like an interesting idea but somehow it just didn't seem to stick with me. Well recently I discovered that Twitter allows you to send private messages or Direct messages as they are called in Twitter. Well for me direct messages solve the problem of a mobile IM client for which I've been looking for a solution for several years. So when you consider that Twitter has a text message (i.e. SMS) interface you now have a universal IM client that will work on any phone, no need to worry about the OS on your mobile phone and whether there is a client for your device. If you haven't tried Twitter or you have but where not sure you liked it think about Twitter as more than just a way to tell the world what you are doing. Twitter can be very macro if you have the desire to tell everyone what you are doing or very micro using direct messages and with the SMS, IM and web interfaces it is also very accessible.

Now if I could just find a way to send Twitter direct messages to existing AOL, MSN, Google and Yahoo IM ids then Twitter would be not only a universal IM client but a universal IM hub.

Stay tuned for more on Twitter.


Ray said...

I recently started using as a GTD (Getting Things Done) application. They allow you to send twitter updates directly to your nozbe inbox. So, lets say you are at the mall with your wife or significant other. You remember something you need to do work work. No problem, direct tweet your nozbe and it goes into your inbox.

It works really well and I would highly recommend taking a look at If you want to join I would appreciate a click on the link on my blog

Ray said...

And yes, I'm actually paying for nozbe. It's one of those rare applications that I used it for a day and signed up right away. I've been using it for 2 weeks and I'm not regretting my decision.

Also, if you want to see it in action, go to youtube and nozbe has a series of videos on how to use it and how to use the GTD system.

Jim said...

Ray thanks for the comments. I just looked over nozbe and GTD is something I strive for, maybe nozbe will be the key to actually implementing GTD.