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Christian Neukirchen

How rich are web applications, anyway?

Take Twitter. If Twitter would be a command line application, it
probably would be more useful than it is now.

- Entering a new item is just "twitter foo", the easiest thing one can do.
- All twitters will simply be saved to ~/.twitter
- A link is a as simple as pasting an URL, a good terminal makes URLs
easily clickable.
- It works from your cell phone as well, because a SMS is just like a
command line.
- Scripting a command line app is trivial.
- You just run it when you need to post something. Good shells can
watch your twitter files and ping you when you have a new message.

Take the superficial primitivity of ascii text, and like grep, locate,
and mail, turn it into something extremely useful to millions of


That said, I use:

curl -u USER:PASSWORD --basic --data-binary status="$*" http://twitter.com/statuses/update.json


I'm a big fan of hybrids. So yeah, let the network stuff happen, embrace it. But love the desktop too. Don't make me shuffle between Safari & Firefox just to get your webapp to work. Don't downgrade my experience.

Quicksilver (on the Mac) is some supernatural glue that instantly binds together web & desktop. Use it to Twitter, to del.icio.us, to smooth out any rough edges. There's a great deal of unexplored richness in the hybrid world.

Jon Crosby

The real power is in the data and the connections. Twitter is a messaging system. It happens to have a web interface, but also has SMS, desktop, dashboard, Blackberry, Treo, API, screensaver, and probably other kinds of interfaces of which I am not aware.


Thanks for your great input, guys.

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