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Twitter meets podcasting?

Saturday, June 23, 2007 by Dave Winer.

The other day I was thinking about other kinds of Twitters. The thing we like about Twitter is that you can't post a book-length story about what's going on right now, you can only do a 140-character synopsis -- "I just got on BART" or "Driving to NoobCamp." It's one of those Worse Is Better or Less Is More things we like so much about the Internet. So I started making a list of different kinds of Twitter, and immediately gravitated to something I call TwitterGram, where you use the 140 characters to link to a 200K audio message. Think of it as Twitter meets podcasting.  Permalink to this paragraph

So I created one these messages. Click on the link below to listen to it. Permalink to this paragraph

http://twittergram.com/dave/audiogram001.mp3  Permalink to this paragraph

I linked to this message from my Twitter acctPermalink to this paragraph

If you want to play the game, record a response, no more than 200K, upload it somewhere, and link to it from your Twitter account, and put @davewiner somewhere in the text of the twit (so I will see it). Of course I'll be surprised if anyone actually responds, but what the heck, maybe people will.  Permalink to this paragraph

I have a funny feeling Chris Pirillo will like this. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Tom Morris responded! Yehi!! Permalink to this paragraph

My response to Tom's twittergram. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

George Ellenberg says it's a great idea, but not practical because it's too much work.  Permalink to this paragraph

My response to George is basically, yes, but if it's fun and people like it, it can be made easy. Permalink to this paragraph

Tom Morris suggests a URL scheme for TG's. Permalink to this paragraph

Twittergram #4. In the first few hours of brainstorming you don't have to deal with every issue every person might raise. Sometimes it's better just to suspend criticism, you don't even know if the idea of the moment is what you're going to implement. There's always someone who says you can't do it. Amazing how many of the big ideas of the Internet had to go through the objections of people who thought it couldn't work.  Permalink to this paragraph

Amyloo stays well within the 200K limit. Thanks! Permalink to this paragraph

This is kind of like the Dixie podcast we did in 2005. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

Twittergram #5. I'm going out for a bit, but when I get back I'll put up a web service that takes care of a bunch of the details of doing Twittergrams. Not all of them, but a lot. You'll need to have software on the desktop that can record an MP3, and that can send an XML-RPC or REST message to a server. You'll get back a URL, but you won't really need it, because it'll also take care of posting the MP3 to Twitter. And it'll probably also generate an RSS feed (it would be kind of ridiculous if I didn't do that too, as far as I know Twitter doesn't understand enclosures, and this app begs for them). Permalink to this paragraph

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