Twitter is the prototypical micro-blogging service and allows users to send text-based posts up to 140 characters long, called "tweets", to the Twitter web site. One of the main advantages of using Twitter is that it provides a functional gateway between the web and the mobile phone via SMS text messaging compatibility. Christina Laun recently posted a handy primer, Twitter for Librarians: The Ultimate Guide.
There are now a growing number of Twitter applications for travel and tourism:
- The Multimap Twitter bot helps you to access maps, directions and local information by sending messages via twitter.
- The Nelso Twitter bot will help you find bars, restaurants, hotels, shopping, and other businesses in Europe.
- The Twanslate Twitter bot is capable of translating anything you throw at it, and for on the go translation when all you have is your phone.
I’ve also created two Twitterbots already:
- twitter.com/greentravel1 is a simple porting of the green travel group RSS web feed into Twitter.
- twitter.com/SemanticBot is a little more sophisticated and now regularly shows new semantic web videos.
- twitterbotting.com is a site to help folks get quick info about creating new Twitterbots.
- retweet.com helps to discover Twitter, one bot at a time.
Web feeds or mashups can be sent into Twitter with twitterfeed.com . And, feeds can be sent out of Twitter with loudtwitter.com . Feeds can also be exported from Twitter using sites like tweetscan.com or summize.com . Using the Twitter Facebook application I’ve managed to get Twitter talking to the Facebook status message. I’ve also added the Twitter Badge for Blogger to my blog (at right). And thanks to a new ping.fm beta account, I’ve been able to add my Linkedin status message into this loop.
Now if I can just send Twitter feeds into a chatbot knowledgebase….