Sharing in 140 characters or less is the name of the Twitter game. The platform simply exists and the users make it whatever they want it to be. We’ve seen a wide variety of uses as Twitter’s popularity has increased, from breaking news to sharing pictures of your dog (and everything in between). It’s safe to say that we are still discovering ways to utilize Twitter.
I’ve been a Twitter user for couple years and I’ll admit that I’ve had moments in the past were I wasn’t sure I really understood what Twitter should be used for. I was always looking for what it should be used for. I just went with it and continued on in my semi-active, mostly observational state. After a while I began to notice how much less I was using my RSS reader and instead going to Twitter for some Web reading. I was following people that interested me and they shared a lot of links to things I found interesting as well.
You may have heard the argument that Twitter is going to kill the RSS reader. Now, while I don’t think that is necessarily true, I do think that it can fill a need for a lot of people. Tweed is an iPad application that brings us a step closer and attempts to cut out the fluff and just deliver those links. Can it replace my RSS reader? Let’s find out!
If you’ve dabbled in web development before, you know it’s a pretty involved activity; using the browser, a development application, an image editor, references, and more. It’s hard to imagine how this could be transferred on to an iPad, where you work in single window apps exclusively.
If you’re expecting the experience of Coda you should turn back now, but if you want the ability to fix a critical error or add something for a client on the go, Gusto might be the perfect app for you!
It’s funny to look at the Web of today, and think back to it being a purely textual experience at its inception. Inline images came soon after, but today we’re so used to the wizbang of AJAX not to mention the stunning array of beauty that CSS offers. And once video hit the Web, there was really no turning back. Today sites like YouTube and Vimeo are among the most heavily trafficked sites on the Net.
But there’s a conflict between the video of the Web at large, and access to it via the mobile devices we’re using more and more. The bottom line is, they’re hampered by the limited bandwidth caps imposed by carriers and the reliance on a connection to the Internet in general. The iPad is arguably one of the best mediums for watching video – mobile or otherwise – but it doesn’t have a consistent connection to the Internet.
Enter Roadshow from Fetch Softworks. At its core, Roadshow is an app to cache local copies of videos from the Web. Pretty simple premise, right? It is, and Roadshow does a great job not complicating that. It’s simple and intuitive to use. And while it does have some inherent limitations, it also offers the potential for a solution to a fairly common problem: creating an Instapaper-style queue for video content.
I have often felt that in the area of Instant Messaging on the iPad, there has been a bit of a vacuum. It seems like a perfect device for Instant Messaging, being both portable and easy to type on, yet there are few apps that are meant for IM.
And, since Skype has yet to create an official app for the iPad, the whole realm of iPad IM seems somewhat crippled. Considering that the iPad’s main strength, (at least in my view) is communication, that seems like a remarkable failing.
However, after doing some research, I believe I’ve discovered a solution to the problem in the form of IM+ Pro.