With the announcement of Ping integration with Twitter, Apple seems to be stepping more and more into the web arena with their products. So, it's no wonder that they would purchase the iTun.es domain name. But, what could it be used for? We hope an iTunes URL shortening service.
For years, Twitter has been happy to concede mobile versions of its impossibly popular network to third parties who knew what they were doing. In fact, the company was so behind the curve that, this June, it bought one of those app creators, Atebits, and rebranded it as its own official iPhone application.
Yesterday, we reported that Apple and Twitter had entered into a partnership whereby Ping users could have their likes, follows, and purchases tweeted using their Twitter account, and users on the social micro-blogging service would be able to listen to song previews right from the Twitter web interface. But, why did Apple not choose Facebook over Twitter? After all, there are many more Facebook users than Twitter.
If you spend any appreciable amount of time browsing Facebook or Twitter on a web browser, you’re no doubt excited about the possibilities of the new kid in town, RockMelt. But why abandon Safari when you can bring the social to the browser installed with every Mac?
While Facebook and Apple are still working things out over the Ping social music service, Twitter has decided to hook up with Apple, allowing users of the 140-character microblogging service to spread the joy of music they purchase in iTunes. This partnership means there are a few new things for users of both services.
Twitter made a big announcement this afternoon from its west coast offices. The microblogging service has announced a new Twitter.com. The new site will feature a new user interface with a much bigger sidebar that will take up half of the screen real estate on your monitor (or, if you prefer, your mobile device). The right pane will also have mini profiles of users with their recent tweets. Twitter calls it a, "richer, faster experience"
Wednesday was an exciting day to be an Apple fan, but not so much for iPad users (save for that brief iOS 4.2 preview). All of that changed when the clock struck midnight and Twitter released an update to their official app, bringing universal compatibility.
While Twitter is a great tool for keeping up with breaking news, product updates and celebrity chatter, the more people you add, the more “noise” that you wind up trying to filter through to get to the stuff you want. Enter Hibari, the new Mac client for Twitter that lets you easily keep your tweet stream clutter-free.
If you're already using Seesmic to keep simultaneous tabs on all of your social networks, you'll be thrilled to hear that the latest rendition of the popular desktop application is now available as a beta download. If you're not already using Seesmic, you're still going to want to pay attention.
Seesmic, for the uninitiated, is a one stop shop application for all of your social networking needs that allows for simultaneous aggregation of Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, and a ton of other social networks. In essence, it's a swiss army knife of social networks for your Mac.