Google Buzz Gets a Native iPhone App, Simply Called Buzzie!

Screen shot 2010 03 04 at 3.41.06 AM 490x363 Google Buzz Gets a Native iPhone App, Simply Called Buzzie!

Why did it take an iPhone app developer to come up with the first native app for Google Buzz? Isn’t Buzz not too interesting enough to merit its own native iPhone? Frankly, I’ve been waiting for this one. In fact, I was expecting something like this to come out earlier.

Anyway, so there it is. Google Buzz now has its own native iPhone app and it’s simply called – Buzzie.

Currently selling for an introductory price of $1.99 during its first week run on the Apps Store, Buzzie lets yo do, well what you practically can do on the Google Buzz webapp. If you want to be specific about these features, it includes the following:

  • Receive messages from the people you follow
  • Comment on messages and mark them as liked
  • Browse all links and images attached to messages
  • Manage your followers
  • Browse the people following you
  • Find new people to follow
  • Check the places around you and buzz about them
  • Buzz from your phone, publicly or privately

It’s a simple, straight-out port of the Buzz webapp, so don’t expect too much from it. And besides, what can you possibly expect from an iPhone of the web’s latest noise maker?, I mean online communication tool.

Simply put, Buzzie is good native app that would help you get your Buzz fix in a faster and easier way.

Will you use Buzzie? Or is the Buzz webapp enough for your buzzing needs? If you want to get this app, here is its iTunes Link.

Seesmic Makes its BlackBerry App More Powerful

So aside from releasing their Android app, which is a very good If I may say so, Seesmic is also releasing an improved version of their app for BlackBerry devices.  The latest version of the BlackBerry app now supports multi-Twitter account handling, Ping.fm support as well as a facility for choosing the size of photos you will upload. Plus some other minor enhancements that made the app almost close to its iPhone and Android counterparts.

If you’ve used Seesmic before in any of its versions – dekstop, browser, iPhone and Android phones you’d know that one of its strongest features is the multi-account support. This is one feature that makes Seesmic stand out from the rest of its competitors.  You can now simultaneously verify your Twitter accounts and once you’ve verified them, you can easily navigate from one account to another on your BlackBerry device. You can add as many Twitter accounts as you want, although I’m not really sure why would you have more than 3 Twitter accounts. Seesmic will make one of your accounts as the default and will open that account first everytime you log in to Seesmic on your BlackBerry.

The other feature which is integration with Ping.fm. If you have a Ping.fm account you can easily integrate it to your Seesmic for BlackBerry and engage with your social network friends even if they are not on Twitter. You need to create an account in Ping.fm if you don’t have one yet.

The other new features of Seesmic for BlackBerry is photo sharing/uploading via TweetPhoto service as well as an option for you to select the size of the photos that you are posting on Twitter via Seesmic.

I just installed the app on my BlackBerry Bold 9700, as well as on my Nexus One Phone and in fact, I also have it on my iPhone. So, how do I compare Seesmic for BlackBerry to its versions in the two other smartphones? Quite surprisingly, it does compare well given what the device can handle.

Yahoo Becomes a Real-Time Search Engine, Thanks to Twitter

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It didn’t take that long for Yahoo to achieve what seems to be the trend among search engines today – to become a real-time search engine. And what better way of doing this but by teaming up with Twitter to integrate the 600 tweets posted on Twitter per second, assuming of course that those tweets are public.

In other words, Yahoo and Twitter had agreed on an integration deal with several components. But this is not just plain Twitter streams integration to Yahoo search results, but there are other components  as well.

The integration was quickly implemented by Yahoo as soon as the deal was sealed. So, if you check Yahoo search right now, you will start seeing Twitter updates on your search results.

But that’s just one part of the deal. Once in full swing, the Yahoo-Twitter integration will allow you to do the following:

  • read personal Twitter feeds directly from various Yahoo online properties such as Sports, Mail, Updates and others
  • update your Twitter status as well as share content from Yahoo to your Twitter profile.
  • share your social actions on any website that appears on Yahoo Updates to your Twitter timeline
  • get quick pulse-check on various topics and trending on Twitter related to News, Finance, Entertainment and Sports

Of course as you all know that this is just one of Yahoo’s strategy on making itself social. It has recently sealed a partnership with Facebook as well. But this will have to take effect later this year.

So what’s next, Twitter?

Twitter Now Supports SMS and MMS, In the UK

twittermms 275x300 Twitter Now Supports SMS and MMS, In the UKTwitter users in the U.K. are probably busy right now playing around with two new features that other Twitter users won’t have, at least not in the near future – Twitter SMS and MMS.

The new Twitter services was made possible by Orange UK which was so generous to turned on not only Twitter SMS but Twitter MMS as well. Of course, Twitter will not charge extra for the service. Only the carrier’s standard messaging rates will apply. [Read more...]

Twitter Trick or Treat

trick or tweet Twitter Trick or TreatA pre-revenue startup, built entirely around artificial character limits, reliant on celebrity users, with no business model, boasting a billion-dollar valuation? I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty frickin’ scary to me. Heck, it’s enough to give me nightmares about the dotcom crash.

That’s why I agree with The Joy of Tech’s trick-or-treat costume suggestion for Halloween: come as the Twitter Bird!

While you’re at it, have your morbidly obese friend walk around as the Fail Whale. Whenever that thing appears, Twitter addicts scream in terror.

Danny DeVito: Coolest Twitter Debut Ever

danny devito twitter Danny DeVito: Coolest Twitter Debut Ever

Celebrities’ first tweets aren’t known for their coolness — just look at how Oprah was FEELING REALLY 21ST CENTURY. Hollywood actor Danny DeVito, on the other hand, decided to use the last sentence of his first 140 characters to share a very personal observation:

I just joined Twitter! I don’t really get this site or how it works. My nuts are on fire.

He’s not using a verified account yet — but with a shirtless profile pic like that, who needs one?

Study: Big brands using Twitter to broadcast not engage

twitter interesting Study: Big brands using Twitter to broadcast not engage

A recent study of 140 leading UK and global organizations with profiles on Twitter found that the majority are simply using it to broadcast their corporate messages rather than engaging with their followers and the wider community.

Just over a quarter of those surveyed adopt a very formal tone, while just a few are interacting well with fans and critics alike.

The amount of tweeting also varied hugely, from one extreme (BMW tweeted once a month when it started) to the other (Innocent Drinks tweeted up to 900 times in a week). [Read more...]

Twitter launches people search

twitter Twitter launches people searchTwitter, the startup that made social networking slash micro-blogging the ‘in’ thing on the web, launches the people search, an easy way to find twitter-ers to follow.

Whether you’re looking for a specific person (i.e., you can take the chance and search for the complete name), or you simply want to find people within a particular location, or with the same interests, twitter’s people search can work both ways. It searches through profile information such as name, location, bio, and url, and returns your query. The twitter people search field appears on the sidebar of your twitter homepage only when you’re logged in. Search results come out alongside a one-click follow button so you can immediately add people to your friends’ list as soon as you “found” them.

Along with this, Twitter also announces its partnership with MTV for the Video Music Awards next month. MTV Moonman, MWA’s very own icon, will be twittering from Las Vegas during the whole weekend before the music awards night, which will happen on Sunday, September 9.

With more and more micro-blogging platforms sprouting on the web and following its lead, Twitter sure is on a roll to secure its spot.