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Twitter4Skype: IM meets micro-blogging

Wednesday, 6 June 2007 — by

Me, I usually get technology news second-hand. I’m not among the industry movers & shakers. I stand on the sidelines and watch the major players throw each other around and I look to the ground and make a best guess about where they’re likely to land. That’s technology trends for you.

So taking that analogy a little further, I get to wash the shirts afterwards.

But I’ll tell you one thing, when I’m finished, this technology news doesn’t half scrub up well!

“But what would happen if we made Skype a Twitter client?”

I can imagine the thought right now, though not in the native Japanese tongue, of course. And that’s the language that invoked this idea and made it real, according to Robert Sanzalone of Pacific IT, the guy frontin’ Twitter4Skype.

You see, Twitter4Skype is as good a Twitter client as you’re going to find.

I’ve tried Twitterific from the excellent Icon Factory, a Twitter client for the Mac, but I just didn’t take to it.

I’ve also used the Twitter widget for Netvibes, the personal web page portal, which is good, but it’s yet another window to switch to.

So dropping on Twitter4Skype was and is a boon for me, it really is.

A lot of my business correspondence goes through Skype, the broadband telephony and Instant Messaging client, so combining the two .. well, delightful!

Anyway, having run a quickie article last night on Twitter4Skype, Robert was kind enough to add me to Twitter, and I’m pretty sure it’s from there that I saw an invite to a public chat on Skype regarding Twitter4Skype.

And there I was, not on the sidelines anymore.

I’m reminded of a quote from the character Chas, played by Shia LaBeouf, in the horror / thriller / fantasy Constantine, staring Keanu Reeves and the utterly delectable Rachel Weisz: “There’s no point being on the bench if you’re not gonna play, right?” Or something like that.

Well I was busy stitching socks, darn it!

Sure, there’s issues with regards to scalability of Twitter4Skype, as was pointed out by Julian Bond of Ecademy fame (sorry, that’s me, by the way and not Julian. I’m just whoring another one of my various virtual presences) but I have faith, if nothing else.

And in answer to one rather prosaic question: “So, what next?” I had to answer along the lines of: “Talk of going IPO and then the inevitable buy-out.”

Apparently, and according to Dan York I believe, when posting links through Skype into Twitter, they are resolved into TinyURL links on t’other side, just as they would through Twitter proper. Which is a relief.

So if this is all totally wrong, blame Dan, OK?

Additionally, another topic raised in the melee of the collective Q&A, was of the ‘Alpha Geek’ short-hand convention “@username:” for addressing someone on a ‘blog or in a chat session

It’s not only used quite often on Twitter, but it’s also grafted in as an ad hoc messaging system, recognized by Twitter itself.

My suggestion was, if this is an accepted, natural part of the messaging process, why then not subtract that from the 140 character quota? So you can type on and be sure that the “@username:” isn’t impinging on the character limit.

A suggestion that seemed to be warmly received, which was a relief.

So there you go, me at the pointy end of technology.

Imagine that?

Which reminds me, I need to get out to some seminars some time. Ye know? Press flesh, smile like an idiot…

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David Bradley → Thursday, 7 June 2007 @ 8:25 BDT

Run us through the steps to get twitter4skype working, would ya, I just get blank stares from the program when I try it…

db

Wayne Smallman → Thursday, 7 June 2007 @ 8:34 BDT

You’ve lost me.

When you get on Skype, if you’ve got 5 minutes, let me know and we’ll go through it.

It’s a doddle..

Vero → Thursday, 7 June 2007 @ 13:58 BDT

It’s interesting what takes for some and not for others.

For me, Twitterific is much more my style. I have it open permanently on my secondary screen at the very edge and smile when the tweety birdy sound comes through.

Using Twitter4Skype lasted about 10 minutes for me. I associate Skype with a likely business call/message, so I always tighten my bumcheeks and cautiously check what it’s about. So T4S caused me to nearly have a heart attack every 2 minutes… ;)

Glad we HAVE this choice though!

Wayne Smallman → Thursday, 7 June 2007 @ 14:14 BDT

“Glad we HAVE this choice though!”

And that’s the great thing; there’s loads of choice.

I live out of Skype, which is more of a business IM / VoIP client than anything else.

Thanks for the comments…

Müzik Dinle → Sunday, 18 October 2009 @ 14:00 BDT

It’s interesting what takes for some and not for others.

For me, Twitterific is much more my style. I have it open permanently on my secondary screen at the very edge and smile when the tweety birdy sound comes through.

Using Twitter4Skype lasted about 10 minutes for me. I associate Skype with a likely business call/message, so I always tighten my bumcheeks and cautiously check what it’s about. So T4S caused me to nearly have a heart attack every 2 minutes… ;)

Glad we HAVE this choice though!

Jane Sector → Friday, 23 April 2010 @ 5:06 BDT

I am not sure why Twitter to Skype would be useful. It seems that it would just bring lots of spam to Skype which is very spam free at the moment.

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