Podcasting Via Twitter

Sep 29th, 2007 | By | Category: General

Dave Winer, who authored the RSS 2.0 spec that podcasting is based upon, thinks that it’s time to turn Twitter into a podcasting platform.

“Back in 2001, I wrote a document called Payloads for RSS that explained how you could attach something to a RSS item,” notes Winer. “Today, we may be at a similar place with Twitter.”

Winer suggests that Twitter could be used to deliver content that’s to podcasts the way instant messages are to blog posts – shorter and more timely.

Here’s what he’s proposing:

  • The “update” routine, as specified by the Twitter API, would add 2 optional parameters:
    • the url of a picture that’s a thumb for the enclosed data; and
    • the url of the data.

The image would link to the data. If you made a short “micropodcast” and published it via Twitter, the announcement might be displayed with a speaker icon that would link to the audio. A cell phone photo published via Twitter could be represented by a tiny thumbnail, which linked to the full version on Flickr.

While Winer’s Twittergram concept is interesting, the fact that it’s based on a proprietary platform, unlike podcasting, could create a barrier to adoption.

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  1. thats great that you are talking about the twitter api,a good example of searching with the twitter api is on twiogle.com because you can search on twitter and google at the same time.

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