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The verdict is in: The Pownce API kicks Twitter's ass

Saturday, March 01, 2008 by Dave Winer.

Sorry Ev and Biz and Jack, but they got your number over there at Pownce. Permalink to this paragraph

I've been asking Twitter to support payloads for months now, and now I have what I was asking for, but it came from Pownce, and it's beautifully implemented, far more than what I was asking Twitter for. Permalink to this paragraph

Let me state the problem. Permalink to this paragraph

I was at the Apple store in Palo Alto today, and I snap a picture on my iPhone and shoot it up to Flickr. I have an agent running on my server that watches for new pictures on Flickr. When it detects one, it posts a link to the picture on Twitter. Here's what that looks like.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://twitter.com/davewiner/statuses/765476227  Permalink to this paragraph

It's great because it works, not because it's pretty because it's not pretty. See the URL there. I'd much rather have it be an icon. That was the plan for the Payloads feature. Permalink to this paragraph

Earlier today I heard that Pownce has version 2 of their API that includes posting new messages. A message can have a link. So I wrote a script to test that out. After three tries it worked. Here's the equivalent to the Twitter post above, in Pownce.  Permalink to this paragraph

http://pownce.com/davew/notes/1442724/  Permalink to this paragraph

Look at how beautiful it is. Exceeded my wildest dreams. Oh man. It looks better than it does on Flickr!  Permalink to this paragraph

Twitter was my first love, but now I'm seriously considering a fling with Pownce.  Permalink to this paragraph

PS: If you can't read the Pownce post, here's a screen shotPermalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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