In the fall of 2008, I had a small conversation on twitter where I attempted to connect Tim O’Reilly and Gregor McDonald who were both talking about turning auto plants into train factories. The problem was Gregor’s tweets were spread over the course of a conversation with some other guy and gathering his commentary using Twitter’s search tool was a pain. At that time, I was describing twitter to colleagues as a place where you post into a blackhole that stunningly spits out golden nuggets every once in a while. Not much has changed on that front.
So let’s talk about these “golden twitter nuggets” Often these nuggets would come in the form of a conversation that was truly thought provoking, funny, or just surreal. Again, extracting these golden nuggets from Twitter’s search tool was a complete pain.Sharing them with others? Forget it. Most people if they can attempt to get a screen shot or image file out of the conversation will take that route, but only if they are truly determined. Blogatweet make this process much easier (with only a few caveats)
Over the 2009 holiday break I registered a few domain names and started to sketch out what a new service might look like. While that list of functions I’d like to add remains quite long, we now have a tool that I hope will make it easier for people who tweet and blog to share the golden nuggets that occur when people interact. With 2 Billion tweets a month, there must be a few good conversations underway. It’s time to start sharing and saving those golden twitter nuggets to twitter and non-twitter people alike!
Go embed a twitter conversation in your blog today. (Unless you have a wordpress.com hosted blog in which case, stay tuned)