wishlist for Twitter lists and hashtags

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sending @messages to Lists?, Info page for each list, @messages to #tags rather than users, following #tags rather than just users…

Twitter recently added lists as a feature to enable users to group tweets from selected persons for a specific purpose. For instance, my interests are in technology, publishing, sports and travel. It obviously helps if I can, at times, ‘listen’ to a subset of tweets from friends who fit one of the above interest areas. Also, others can then follow one of my lists, as they find a group of persons which fit a context.

I would like to know if certain things are possible or have been so from third party services, which tap into twitter APIs.

1. Send a message to @username/myTechList?

So far posting a tweet which starts with @username will only appear on that user’s twitter feed and to common friends of both. However, can I post in such a manner that only those on myTechList see a specific message? This way when I talk about say cricket, it will not be seen by those followers, who care about my views on iPhone or Macs.

Can it be done by starting the tweet as @username/myTechList? As far as I have tested it does not seem so.

2. For a List, can we have an info paragraph with an ‘about this list’ URL for that username/List page? (like the user’s biography/link field)? This is perhaps needed by users who wish to follow a list, as they have a clear idea of what the purpose is.

3. Further, there are situations where conversations about a specific #tag such as say #ConfWEB09 for a web conference may need to be ‘heard’ by searching for that tag only, rather than on a default timeline.

Can we send a message to a @#tag, rather than to @username? So if we post starting with @#ConfWEB09 none of the followers can see it in their feed but those following the conference can search and track? Of course, if there is a major development in a conference, and a user wishes that it be seen by all followers, then #ConfWEB09 can be inserted inside the post.

4. #tags as ‘context domains’ within twitter

So far we follow other users. Can we extend point 3, and formalize it a step further- have a concept of following a #tag. Twitter can even sell or allow users to own specific (unique) #tags.

This will be groundbreaking development in twitter- till now you followed users, now you can follow #tags? If this is done, you need not search a #tag to track conversations, it will show up on your feed, even from strangers you do not follow

As of now, you can open a column in tweetdeck to track hastags or searches. However, by formalizing a ‘follow’ this hashtag, even for a temporary purpose, will make it cleaner for those who follow you as such, but are not very keen on micro-conversations about a conference or specific topic discussions.

More later

These are just some suggestions from someone who has actively used twitter since 2 months only. Its still like a beginner’s mind, as they say in zen- before habit takes over and questions do not come as naturally. Also, do not expect me to calculate any exponential impact it may have on twitter servers.

Scalable iTablets!

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We can have tablets from 5×7 inches (personal) to 2 feet (tables at work/library/copy center) if required. Scalable iTablets! They only have logic for touch and display and if feasible networking.

iPodTouch 64Gb has more speed and space than Mac minis and iBooks just few years back… It is slimmer than iPhones, so if docked into tablets, overall thickness will be acceptable.

To begin with Apple will (if) roll out tablets which are monolithic… but it will be really disappointing if we cannot have touch/display devices for various purposes but which use the CPU/Data consistently from one source- your iPod….

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In 1999 my iMac was 233Mhz, had 128Mb RAM and 12Gb space.I also had a Powerbook Duo laptop in the early ’90s, with a dock (monitor, keyboard, mouse no CPU). The laptop was grayscale, but when docked, it became a desktop Mac with thousands of colors.. when done, eject laptop like a floppy… and go.

2009: iTablet or iMac or whatever, can perhaps be sold in different form factors, at low cost- just as screen with a docking slot… hmm…iPodTouch is already 64Gb, 500Mhz+… please!!!

Mumbai, India
8 Oct 2009