Blog Focus: Twitter Lists Widget
"Curation of the real time web" is one of those buzz worthy phrases we're seeing more of these days, at least around blogospheric circles. Twitter of course has been the focus of intense coverage this year because of the unprecedented amount of real time communication and information sharing that it brings. So it makes a great deal of sense that Twitter would release Twitter Lists, which gives Twitter users the ability to group a select Twitter stream via lists of people they're following. Leveraging that curation of the real time web (there it is!) out to the blogosphere via widget is certainly something that will produce a nice bubbly burst of bloggy reaction:
• TechCrunch breaks it down: But here’s why this widget is pretty cool: It basically is a way for you to create your own curated Twitter stream anywhere on the web. Obviously, you won’t be able to do things like tweet from it (though there is a reply button that comes up when you hover over a tweet — this directs you back to Twitter), but people are already making some great Twitter lists (like us and Scoble ) and this is a great way to put them to work without having to go to Twitter itself.
• Mashable: The rapid acceleration of applications supporting the new Twitter Lists reminds us of the early days on Twitter, when it seemed like there was a new application being released every five seconds. It’s hard not to see parallels between today and the initial developer ecosystem that went hand in hand with Twitter’s explosive growth.
• Regular Geek: This is all about viral growth. Think of the benefits of having someone find a list of tech bloggers from Louis Gray that has 200 people. If I decide to follow that list, I have just added 200 people to my subscriptions. By doing so, I have added a large batch of people without really cluttering my current user experience. By adding that many people quickly, I can quickly mention the list to someone and the network distribution effects begin.Continued on the next page