Dave Winer is on to something new called Twittergrams, using Twitter as a presence blog that points to mp3 files, click on the mp3 file to listen to a Tweetcast…so basically Tweets are being used to notify you of presence audio bytes.
Firstly I posted about a service like Twitter called MySay, only the tweets aren’t text, they are audio tweets.
Back to audio…
MySay allows you to send audio from your mobile phone to the web (audio tweets), since Twitter doesn’t allow this the option is to point to an mp3 file in your Tweet.
When people read your tweet on the web they can click the mp3 file and stream or download it, when people read your tweet on their mobile they can click on the mp3 file to stream it (not sure how you would download it on your phone…maybe you could get audio tweets as mobile email attachments or MMS)
To make this easy we preferably need two things: host for audio files, and send audio files to the web from your mobile phone.
Twitter would have to be able to recognise and action certain URL’s within Tweets…if I post a Tweet and include a link to a hosted mp3 file, we should be able to click on this and play it within Twitter, just like the del.icio.us playtagger…peterc doesn’t see why not, since their former service, odeo, was all about audio.
Anyway the same goes with actioning other file types, such as a video player for video files and an image viewer for image files.
Just like del.icio.us, your Twitter feed could accept enclosures, so in the end you are Twittercasting or presencecasting.
How it comes together
- you are walking home and have a thought to share, you record yourself on your phone audio feature
- you MMS or email your audio file to an audio byte host like MySay or evoca
- somehow you need this service (MySay or evoca) to SMS you the hosted URL created from your audio file
- then you SMS a tweet containing the link to your audio file
- if a person you follow has posted an audio URL in their Tweet, this tweet will be MMS’d/emailed to you rather than SMS’d, and automatically have the audio URL within the Tweet converted into a file attachment
I’m not too techie on these things, but the concept is there…I’m sure it would be much easier if Twitter incorporated MySay type features, so we wouldn’t have to hack a work around.
[ADDED 5/07/07: Just noticed Twittergram is up and running, give your tweet a title and browse/upload your mp3 file, this will be stored on the Twittergram server, hit submit and it will post it as a new tweet.
Your tweet will also appear at another profile http://twitter.com/twittergram.
If you get this tweet update on your phone, you would have to click on the link and have to stream the audio file from the web…what I’d like to see is a kind of MMS update so you don’t need the mobile web to listen to the file.
Twittergram also has mobile phone posting…call a number and then it will record your voice (basically voicemail).
The Twittergram Twitter profile has enclosures, making it a micropodcast feed, to do this for your own account, you could register your Twitter feed at Feedburner and enable the podcast feature (giving it enclosures)]