“Twitter Peek” Dedicated Twitter Device
From the very beginning of the development process, I always wanted Birdfeed, the iPhone Twitter client that Neven Mrgan and I built, to feel more like like a telecommunications app (think SMS or email), than a frontend to a social web service. I think time has shown that this was the right way to think about Twitter’s future. As Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey himself has said, “Twitter’s a success for us when people stop talking about it…[when] people just use it as a utility.” More recently, I really liked the way Paul Graham explained Twitter’s importance:
Twitter is important because it’s a new protocol. Fundamentally it’s a messaging protocol where you don’t specify the recipients. It’s really more of a discovery than an invention; that square was always there in the periodic table of protocols, but no one had quite hit it squarely.
While the gadget blog I linked to above may still sneer at Twitter as a pointless tool for narcissists, I think the emergence of dedicated Twitter devices only further prove what Dorsey and Graham are saying: that Twitter (or whatever it evolves into) is the future of communications.