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Surrealistic Democracy: An Approach to Twitter Feature Requests

Surrealism - Magritte

The practice of Surrealism often takes the form of connecting unexpected things into a single object. Magritte often used this technique, as did Meret Oppenheim. The fur-lined tea cup is beautiful example. Innovation also takes the form of connecting the unexpected to create the new.

The churn of innovation in the Twitter space is running at full speed. And the tools for a new approach to making feature requests and creating requirements are ready-to-hand in the network. As a user of Twitter, I’d like to view Twitter channels, streams made of specific sets of Twitter users. I found a site called TweetPeek which allowed me to put together some crude channels. These Twitter channels are analogous to the RSS channels on NewsGang.net.

Amy Bellinger took my idea and extended it by putting the RSS feed for the Twitter channel next to the feed for the Audio MP3s in GRAZR.

Amy would like to see live ‘show notes’ for the NewsGang podcast via Twitter. GRAZR doesn’t allow the MP3 to play while the Twitter Channel is updating, but you get the idea.

The channels I’ve sketched out are really rough outlines. They don’t update as quickly as I’d like, I’d really like them to be XMPP based so the flow was real-time.

And the Twitter channel I’d really like to see is the one that features the delegates and bloggers at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Two things need to happen to create this primary source information stream:

  • We need real-time twitter channels, both XMPP and RSS
  • We need to get the word about Twitter to the floor of the convention.

Take this idea and move it forward. If you’re a technologist, think about the technical problem. TweetPeek is a start, but it’s not optimal. If you’re connected to the Democratic convention, spread the word about Twitter.

As the Trashmen said in 1963…

A-well-a everybody’s heard about the bird
B-b-b-bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a don’t you know about the bird?
Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word!
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a…

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One Comment

  1. Great idea, I’ve seen the TweetPeek site but havn’t had a chance to try it yet. Twitter is growing at a massive rate and now with blog post coming from CNET and NY Times, main stream media and other companies are starting to use it more. Twitter is just a start for conferences though, I recommend coveritlive, but if you could get someone from the Democratic convention to use twitter for interactive conversations that would be cool and have someone from media to use twitter while there to that would be awesome as well.

    I’m @waynesutton on twitter and I approve this post

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