Mashup Camp: Twitterlicious loads Twittered URLs into del.icio.us, using a phone

Mashup Camp: Twitterlicious loads Twittered URLs into del.icio.us, using a phone

Summary: I'm in Silicon Valley at Mashup Camp (I'm one of the organizers of the event) and for this fourth edition of the event (now that we're doing a lot of video here on the Testbed blog), I decided to capture video of as many mashups as I could. The first one of these that I caught on tape was Myk O'Leary's Twitterlicious.

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I'm in Silicon Valley at Mashup Camp (I'm one of the organizers of the event) and for this fourth edition of the event (now that we're doing a lot of video here on the Testbed blog), I decided to capture video of as many mashups as I could. The first one of these that I caught on tape was Myk O'Leary's Twitterlicious. The basic premise of Twitterlicious is simple, but the results can make you quite productive when it comes to Web linkage being twittered to you in "tweets" (the individual 140 character-or less broadcasts that Twitter users broadcast to anyone willing to pay attention).

Much the same way many people are now using their smartphones to check their e-mail, the smartphone is also becoming a client for other forms of communication. Not only are smartphone users using their handsets to browse the Web, they're using them to subscribe to blogs, podcasts, and now, with Twitter out there, to tune into their favorite Twitter feeds.

The problem, according to Myk, is that tweets are often used to transmit Web addresses that, because of a smartphone's form factor, are impossible to visit on a mobile device. Twitterlicious, a mashup involving APIs from Twitter and Yahoo, solves that problem by making it easy for smartphone users to transfer those URLs to Yahoo!'s del.icio.us bookmarkleting service. In a nutshell, you view your stream of tweets on your smartphone using Twitterlicious. If any of them have useful URLs that you'd want to view on your PC at a later time (and with the PC's bigger screen), Twitterlicious makes it painless to turn that URL into a bookmarklet under your del.icio.us account. Then, when you get to your PC, you go to your del.icio.us account and voila, there's the URL for you to visit.

In the video, Myk shows me how it works.

Topics: Smartphones, Mobility

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