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Flickr-to-Twitter, day 3

Wednesday, August 8, 2007 by Dave Winer.

I added another user, Fred Wilson of A VC.  Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named brownBag.jpgHe successfully posted a picture this morning. He asked that I add a feature that uses the title of the picture in the Twitter post. Of course, makes total sense. Done.  Permalink to this paragraph

Now this new feature, and TwitterGrams, suggest that perhaps Twitter should have the concept of attachments for status messages, esp if they're posted through the API.  Permalink to this paragraph

There would be two parameters: Permalink to this paragraph

1. A content type, like image/jpeg or audio/mpeg. Permalink to this paragraph

2. The bits of the attachment. Permalink to this paragraph

For a small set of types, Twitter would know how to display a "thumb" -- in the case of an image, it would be a tiny rendering of it. Click on the thumb to see the full picture. For MP3s, there would be an inline player. Permalink to this paragraph

People are kind of repulsed by the urls I'm dropping into the feeds, on one hand, on the other, I'm getting a hundred new subscribers a day, so people are attracted to it in (much) greater numbers. Rich media in Twitter posts makes a lot of sense. A much prettier UI is possible, but this is something they have to do.  Permalink to this paragraph

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