Since getting hooked on TweetDeck over the summer,it has become an indispensable part of my “infocentre”. In my TweetDeck setup I have a column just for these “news” tweets, just for info streams from posts as Mark describes:
The interesting thing is if you follow enough bloggers on Twitter using an auto-feed service, your Twitter stream starts to look lot like a streaming RSS reader with new posts popping up on a regular basis. Getting notifications about new blog posts is a useful alternative to your RSS reader because blog posts come to you dynamically as opposed to you having to shift through them. In some respects, it’s a way to follow the blog posts of a small group of people, while keeping your RSS reader for a more extensive collection of RSS feeds.
I know, I know feature bloat. It isn’t what TweetDeck was intended for, but maybe it should be now. How cool would it be to have a few feeds scroll down in the same place as you are reading tweets? How about being able to tweet a headline too? Jump to your browser and then blog it?
This is how the our infostreaming worlds are combining. What we read, how we share, what we absorb is focusing around the attention we want to give it.
I don’t see apps like Snackr or TweetDeck completely replacing something like NetNewsWire, personally I need a much large pool of information to draw from than I’d like to try to absorb in something like TweetDeck, however it’s like the news ticker or headline news. Short bits that you skim and then drill down to details when needed.
Another time when I wish I could code…