Twitter add-ons

Several new microblogging services have hit the market since Twitter came on the scene in early 2006, including Jaiku, Pownce, Plurk and Identi.ca, but most users are well-entrenched with Twitter. One reason is a large selection of third-party applications that make it easy for users to individualize their use of the tool. They include:


  • Twitzer: Enables Twitterers to post messages longer than 140 characters.

  • Twittermail: Enables users to send and receive Twitter messages, or tweets, via e-mail.

  • Chirpscreen: Allows users to search for content of interest from Twitter, Facebook and Flickr via an interactive screensaver and desktop viewer.

  • Yoono: Creates a Web browser sidebar in which users can receive Twitter alerts, update their status or message friends, eliminating the need to switch from browser to desktop application.

  • TweetScan: E-mails tweets to users that match keywords and phrases used in their own Twitter messages.

  • JointContact: Integrates online project management and Twitter and allows users to send project-related messages directly to Twitter.

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