The “SMS of the Internet”
August 21, 2009
Twitter has been a runaway success since it was launched about three years ago. Originally Twitter began as a web application inspired by the status message syndrome which is very popular on social networking sites. It is increasingly becoming more addictive as we are curious to know what friends and colleagues are up to. To make it more accessible, the popular web application has been made phone enabled now. That’s why twitter is rightly called the ‘SMS of the Internet’. Its rapid adoption, ease of use and extensibility has resulted in a lot of excited developers taking Twitter’s best bits and mixing them up for their own applications. One such application is the Twitter Atlas which has been developed by Fresh Logic Studios. Twitter Atlas is an addictive Flash mapping interface, which aggregates worldwide tweets. The screen refreshes every six seconds or so with a different user’s status report, and profile details are displayed on top of their location on a map. You are allowed to toggle between views and the Microsoft Virtual Earth graphics are stunning. Each Twitter user has their own lollipop on the map to reveal where they are but the language support is very limited. The Atlas isn’t just a visualization device for status junkies but there is also a practical side to it. Twitter users can get directions, search for local shops and services, find out what events are coming up all over the world, and even browse for the nearest petrol station around. The only limitation is that you cannot get to see only your group’s tweets on the map.
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