So, Rich (@rmanalan), Anthony (@anthonyslai) and I (@jkuramot) are at Chirp (@chirp), the Twitter developer conference in San Francisco.
Rich added @Anywhere here, specifically auto-linkification and hovercards. The others features didn’t seem terribly useful here.
In the past, each Twitter handle would need a link behind it, but now, simply typing @ and the handle will create the link. Like so: @ppedrazzi, @theappslab. I guess you’ll have to trust me, since you’re viewing the finished product.
I’ve seen several blogs sporting plugins that do this, so I suppose this is an area where Twitter could be filling holes.
The point of hovercards is to serve information about a Twitter handle and allow a quick follow without forcing the reader to leave the site. Launch a hovercard by hovering your cursor over a linked handle.
Clicking the follow button triggers OAuth, asking you to authorize the application.
Given the ease of implementation and the benefit of adding Twitter features without losing traffic, @Anywhere is a pretty slick set of features, nicely done. Rich and I were just chatting about the need for tweet aggregation around specific topics, and the @Anywhere platform seems like a logical place to add this in later releases.
Anyway, enjoy one of the early implementations of @Anywhere. I’ll need to remember to add handles more often to take advantage of it. More observations to come. Stay tuned.
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Update: Those people who got this in a feed reader will have to come here to see @Anywhere in all its glory. Wah-wah-wah.