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Is a URL Shortener Really What Twitter Needed?

Twitter’s Chirp conference closed out today with the news that the company will soon roll out it’s official URL shortener. CEO Evan Williams noted that it would be “stupid” not to add native link-shortening capabilities into Twitter, since most Twitter clients already have that feature. “Everyone else has solved that problem. We are probably not going to give people a choice. If they want to use a different shortener, they can use a different app.”

In the weeks leading up to Chirp, people all over the world were seen asking for various new features on the popular microblogging site. Not once did I see anyone think that they needed yet another link shortener. I understand the new TwittAD feature. I’m loving the enhanced search capabilities. I enjoy coming up with new ways to find interesting people to follow. I’m even already digging the new front page design.

What I DON’T get, though, is why the heck we need yet another way to make our links smaller. Users want more apps. They want to easier ways to show off photos and videos. They want to come up with better ways to network and connect. These are the things, in my mind, that the Twitter team should be focusing on. It’s all about what the needs of your community are, guys.

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We had some excellent little discussions going on over at the Facebook fan page today. Did you miss out on any of them?

What is the Best Invention?

I’ve been toying around with something new on my Facebook Fan Page today. Every hour or so, I add an open-ended question in the hopes of getting some conversation rolling. It’s been a lot of fun (and even a learning experience) to see the varied answers come floating in. The latest question I asked was “The most amazing invention I have seen come to be in MY lifetime would have to be the…”

I was disappointed to see that most of the answers center around things such as the iPhone, mobile phones in general and even the iPad. While all of these are great inventions and products, are they really the best ones of our generation? With the introduction of medical devices in the past twenty years which enhance (or even save) people’s lives, it almost seems selfish to think that my iPhone is the greatest thing brought to the world since I was born a couple of years ago.

Open your mind. What do you feel is the best invention that has been created in YOUR lifetime? Why do you think it stands out above everything else and should therefore be deemed “the best” or “most important?”

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Opera Mini for the iPhone has Been Approved

Opera Mini has been approved for iPhone and iPod touch on the App Store and should be available within 24 hours as a free download. The Opera Mini mobile browser is quite popular on other devices and the creators are hoping for more of the same with Apple device owners.

Due to the compression used to get data to your device, you will see increased speeds when loading pages. Opera Mini enables fast browsing by compressing data up to 90 percent before sending it along to your device. Due to the compression, you may even save a bit of change on your bills each month – especially if you’re roaming a lot.

This is actually quite a bit of a shock since non-Safari-based browsers tend to get turned down in the app store. I’m happy to see that I have another choice now.