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Twitter doesn't want to become the Identity Service of the Internet

Twitter is closing down it's API. After cutting links with LinkedIn now they cut the cord on Instagram. This will happen more often. It's a shame, because Twitter was on it's way to became the identity service for the internet. Deep integrations from Apple and numerous online services brought Twitter to the attention of the millions, but know it looks like that they want to become just another content service. Ask Yahoo and Myspace how well that went.

I can see how the ambitions can drive you to become more than just the infrastructure - but there lies also the trap.

It's no secret that the value of any social network (yes you can argue that Twitter is not a social network) lies in the users and their content, and if the social network itself tries to become the content player, then it starts to be confusing.

I think that Twitter will go down the path of Yahoo/Aol/[insert media conglomerate without vision here] if they continue this route, not just strategy wise, but also business wise.

#twitter   #business   #api   #strategy

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Missed a Tweet? When did it rain? What is IFTT?

If you follow to many people you might miss a tweet. You might point out that's the point of Twitter, to not be forced to see everything. But I often followed someone because I wanted to see the latest update. Especially now that I'm living in Google+ I will miss certain tweets. This is where comes to help. The "If this then that" web app is the perfect partner for this kind of tasks.

I made a recipe which monitors a specific Twitter account for any updates and sends me an email.

Another recipe I use - I created a extra calendar and IFTT makes a new entry for every day it rains - so I will have a personal records of the how many days it rained here in Vancouver - just to compare my personal impression with some facts.

Have you used and what are your uses?

#iftt #lifehacker #twitter

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My Week on Twitter for 2010-04-11

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

  • Happy easter to everyone and a note: Facebook Fanpage posts last longer than you think. It seems many Users just look at their FB on holiday #
  • SmK (german): Entwicklungsland in Sachen Arbeitssicherheit #
  • What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Freelancing | Design Informer #
  • Burg Hocheppan im Frühling #
  • fn_28032010_blumen_041_web.jpg #
  • fn_07042010_burgenweg_eppan_186_web.jpg #
  • Finally setup my Home office the right way - now working is even more fun :) #

My Week on Twitter for 2010-04-04

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

My Week on Twitter for 2010-03-28

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

My Week on Twitter for 2010-03-21

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

My Week on Twitter for 2010-03-14

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

  • SmK (german): Hundemode … Modehund … #
  • SmK (german): Das Ende einer Industrieruine … die Dritte …! #
  • I repeat myself shape writer for #android rules :) #
  • 3 neue Beiträge gibt es in Blog in der letzten Woche jetzt rein #
  • Another Promotion Code: @Corbis offers 20% discount on #stock images - use code MARCH20 until the end of March #folla #coupon #
  • Todays Coupon is from @GettyImages - 10% off on images and filmes if you use the code 34WPC46N #
  • Easy licensing of Flickr Pictures? Go to GettyImages - at least 50.000 pics are available #stock #design #
  • My comment about finding followers on Twitip #
  • Right from the archives ;-) You want to make your own Wallpaper for the Nexus One (or for the Motorola Droid) follo… #
  • Introducing PlayStation Move - Is Sony too late with this? Let's see pricing... I have a PS3, no more Wii-Needs #
  • RT @espiekermann: Christoph Niemann is a genius: #
  • Color Trends + Palettes :: COLOURlovers - can't believe I missed this one until now #colour #inspiration #
  • You know that the spring has arrived when you have eaten your first asparagus - welcome to the spring :-) #

My Week on Twitter for 2010-03-07

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

  • Migrated all my podcasts from Mediamonkey to Google Listen - nearly perfect #
  • Watch Air Traffic - LIVE! - really cool, but slow #
  • I like Trendwatching: "6 TREND VIDEOS, featuring consumers speaking their minds on various trends." #interviews #
  • Congratulations to @Electrolux AEG - Brand new washing machine installed - turned on - Electronics burned - This is what I call quality :( #
  • I ask myself if Google has selled enough #NexusOne to make the car docks availlable #
  • Hormonella Primaverilis - very dangerous ;-) in springtime #
  • Tonight some classical music will be my pleasure - #
  • As I needed to build a Google Profile with a right vanity url I've made a new account which I use also to test buzz… #
  • Tweeting with shapewriter keyboard for android is cool #
  • The Footprint of Gmail: How Much Energy Would Deleting Email Save? - TreeHugger - Like so many others, this TreeHug… #
  • Good morning - yesterdays concert made me make believe that not all classical music is boring - some sounds like Timbaland unplugged #
  • For all Google-Fans: Watch Google's Matt Cutts LIVE Event Today: 1:00 PM PT / 4:00 PM ET #
  • Amazing creative video from ok Go and the making of #
  • I'm flattered: My trainee just have given me a box of Merci (choccolate) for the training in the last 2 weeks #
  • SmK (german): Club Sandwich … #
  • SmK (german): … oder ein zweites Leben ….!? #
  • SmK (german): Das Ende einer Industrieruine #

My Week on Twitter for 2010-02-28

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

  • German court states: Taking pictures of houses does not infringe the copyright of the owner - german story here #
  • In case you missed it last week: Industrial espionage through crowd sourcing - | Become an Art Director #
  • SmK (german): Spezialistenproblem #
  • Haiti Earthquake: Who’s given what? | Information Is Beautiful (via @meixger) #
  • RT @richbugger 35 most amazing typography in advertisement and design #
  • Dock your raw harddisks - cool way for your large data collections #
  • Good sunday to all tweeps - another day of home improvement is beginning - feels like redesigning your own website #

My Week on Twitter for 2010-02-21

Recaping my Twitter Posts of the last week

  • Go green even with your website - CO2 neutral websites #climate #change #
  • BTW: Good Morning and good start into the week dear tweeps, facebookers and other social media addicts ;-) #
  • About focus groups: "If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse." - Henry Ford #
  • What I hate? Co-Worker who have found a spiritual way to come along with their problems and now try to "help" you... #
  • The This Week in Android is a #fail people who don't own an android phone talk about android apps - c'mon guys #
  • Stream your photos from your #android phone to your dlna client (#ps3) and tv set - search for twonky mediaserver #
  • Want to stream music from your home server to you #android phone? Search for Andromote in the market #upnp #dlna #
  • Skype launches Full Symbian Client and #android will come soon - Olè #
  • Whatch out - if you embed more than 10 @issuu docs on a page ie7 has probs to load page - example #
  • Whatch "alternative" movies online - The Auteurs - finally ... :) with great Facebook integration #
  • Impressed by @rememberthemilk - great features, clients and services - task list on steroids #
  • RT @TechCrunch Google Goggles Getting OCR Translations #
  • RT @Colorburned: 10+ blogs that have a unique design for each post and WordPress tips on how to implement it: #
  • Italian Customers of corbis (@corbisimages) get a 20% discount in February - use offer code FEBRUARY20 #stock #images #coupon #
  • Just discovered - Typekit real #font come to the flash free web - have to try this #

My Week on Twitter for 2009-03-15

  • I did it - the new design of my german blog is online with #thesiswp #
  • Now that some of the work is done - let's get some nice cooking going #
  • SmK (german): Der Frühling macht alles neu #
  • Hello to anyone and I hope you have a good start in this week as I do #
  • Reading: "Return on Design" ( #
  • Seems intresting - Audit about #Taxonomy and #SEO #
  • New Blogpost: Can photoshop retouching save photo shooting costs? #
  • Ready for the first cuba gang meeting after a year - ressurecting the gang :) #
  • New Blogpost: Can photoshop retouching save photo shooting costs? #
  • InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » How to apply kerning as a character style #
  • Der neueste Post auf Spaghetti mit Knödel wird wellen schlagen - Ich weiß es... #Südtirol #Siegesdenkmal #Bozen #
  • SmK (german): Das Siegesdenkmal gehört uns #
  • RT @iamkhayyam: Create RSS feeds OPML files with FeedShow - neat little tool #
  • RT @imjustcreative: Blanka || Workbook 03 - detail 3 *if you like scribble books, this is neato ( - really neat #
  • Skipping lunch to finish the photo shooting early - I was wise to bring some fruit with me #
  • Up up and away - a brain storm is comming #
  • #followfriday @imjustcreative @designmeme @sparklinks @jdevalk @kristarella (for thesis needs) #
  • RT @jackstow: Google Easter egg: 'the answer to life the universe and everything' Googled - Who knows the source? #
  • Imagine a meeting room smelling like being at the dentist - difficult staying focused #
  • I'm still amazed that a 19 year old can claim to be a CEO - #
  • Micro-Preview on a new project #fight #financial #crisis #
  • RT @carterharkins: RT @designmeme 75+ Excellent Free Fonts For Professional Design #fonts jackpot! - Great List #
  • Thanx to all who #followfriday 'd me - I'm off and out - BTW: Mum, I think I shrinked the internet - cause who networks gets closer ;-) #
  • New Layout of Facebook Homepage is not nice but works well - and yes there is as usual people who complain #

My Week on Twitter for 2009-03-08

  • Slow sunday - no motivation for pimping my personal sites - so let's get started with the ps3 #
  • Monday regular work is over - now writing a new lesson for my "become an art director" blog #
  • New on Become an Art Director: What Digital Asset Management is for you? #DAM #
  • Finally getting to some point on my redesign of my german blog #
  • RT @parkhere: "Creative people don’t have a choice...learn everything there is about digital or become a dinosaur" // #
  • RT @mayhemstudios: 10 Tips for Moving from Part-Time to Full-Time Freelancing #
  • This is italy - Start a print mag about typography and do combine bad lettering and pdf's with missing fonts LOL #
  • It's march or november? Looking out of the window I can't tell :( #
  • BAck from office and right into some more design #
  • Great Design Portfolio - lol - #portfolio #
  • Netdiver - great inspirational site - #
  • After getting mad at CSS and not working widgets I go to the gym to work the f*** off - have a nice evening #
  • Had a nice Ricotta/Goat cheese Pizza - Yummy weekend #
  • Nine Inch Nails (mfb) in the new trailer for Terminator 4 - NIN seems cool for trailers :-) #

My Week on Twitter for 2009-03-02

My Week on Twitter for 2009-02-22

  • Reading: "Five tips for better online surveys" ( #
  • New Lesson from Become an Art Director: Where is all the money gone #
  • It's 3 am - I'm sick and can get no sleep - what a beautiful Tuesday ;-) #
  • RT @cheth: RT: @markshaw How To Opt-Out Of Receiving Automated Welcome DMs: - Virus and Antidote from the same maker :) #
  • Back at work - still sick - and has to remind himself that trusting a print shop is good, controlling a print shop is better #
  • Throat hurts and eyes are squares, time for some rest, bye #
  • Gerade ein Interview fertig mit "Südtiroler Gesellschaft für Politikwissenschaft" für ihr Jahrbuch ... Thema "Internetwahlkampf" #
  • Great List of Corporate Design Style Guides #CD #
  • Starting into the "Fashing" - if you see people in funny customes don't worry, it will last until tuesday #fashing #