Sunday, July 5, 2009

Using Kelpp with Twitter

We are continually looking for ways to improve the Kelpp experience. As part of this process, we will occasionally try out new features, including ones that are a bit "experimental" which we aren't yet entirely sure about ourselves.

In this spirit, we are rolling out a new feature that enables users to search Kelpp using Twitter. The core idea is to let users do something that they do naturally (asking their Twitter followers for recommendations), and by applying a little bit of structure to their tweets, enable them to search Kelpp without ever leaving their Twitter client.

To try out this feature, please visit http://kelpp.com/twitter/status. You will need to log into your Twitter account (using OAuth) so we can set up the right following relationships.

Down the road and depending on user feedback, we may extend this functionality further, e.g. capturing "reviews" within tweets, tracking friend recommendations, etc. We think there is a lot more we can do to leverage the "real-time stream". I have to call out microsyntax.org as a source of inspiration for this feature, and the geoslash concept in particular. As always, we'd love to hear any feedback or comments.

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