TWITTER EVERYWHERE The evolution of Twitter from application to platform
At SXSWi 2010, Evan Williams was the keynote speaker.There was a big expectation that Twitter would be announcing an ad platform.They didn’t. People were disappointed.What they did announce, however, is significant. What they announced is another step towards an open, interoperable and socially contextual web.Let’s start with where Twitter is at now….
@anywhere is Twitter’s latest support for data portability
This new platform allows for a socially contextual and seamless Twitter experience across any site or service
It allows this integration without the use of API’s, thus making its implementation easier
let’s look at some of its features
Users may sign into other sites using their Twitter credentials
3rd party sites may deliver more relevancy and context based on user’s Twitter identities and social graph
Links may now provide a richer dimension to a reader’s experience
When a user scrolls over a hyperlink, a flash “hovercard” will appear displaying a the highlighted Twitter feed’s follower count, and provide an option for the reader to follow that Twitter feed without leaving the page
Link “hovercard” allows readers to see a Twitter feed’s stats and follow them without leaving the page
Similar to Facebook Connect, initial launch partners are largely media
“Imagine being able to follow a New York Times journalist directly from her byline, tweet about a video without leaving YouTube, and discover new Twitter accounts while visiting the Yahoo! home page—and that’s just the beginning. Twitter has proven to be compelling in a variety of ways. With @anywhere, web site owners and operators will be able to offer visitors more value with less heavy lifting.” -Twitter blog
Thought starters & questions Twitter’s partnership with Google and Bing would suggest that thesesearch engines will give increasingly more weight to the social equity of links…. How does the @anywhere linking feature affect SEO practices? Amazon is a launch partner, will we see merchandising models arise based on a user’s social graph? How might that impact future e-comm architectures? Aside from simply increasing ease of sign in, how can sites effectively leverage Twitter identities for increased relevancy and usefulness for users? How do we measure the success of an @anywhere implementation?
Alisa Leonard-Hansen Social Media Evangelist iCrossing email@example.com www.TheWebisSocial.com #dataportability #icrossing