Scripting News for 5/14/2007

Twitter Premium? 

Jason Calacanis is known for stimulating interesting discussion. Today is no different.

He says he’d pay $100 a year for a Twitter that was always fast, almost always up, and had some additional features.

I sent Jason a private email which I’ll now repeat here.

Just FYI, because of their API, you don’t really need Ev and Biz to do that for you. A bunch of us could pool resources and set up a server of our own, and peer with Twitter’s. If Twitter is down it would just queue up the messages, in the meantime, anyone who was on the premium system would see the messages immediately.

Wigglin Spree 

I find this commercial endlessly fascinating. Just love the song. And the dancing. Simple pleasures.

BTW, I’ve been saying this for years — why don’t companies put their ads on the net? Really high quality versions. They are ads after all, they want us to watch them, right? Or what am I missing?

Apparently it’s sung by Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. Here’s an MP3 of the beginning of the song. Some people love the ad (like me) and others hate it. šŸ™‚

Okay there’s a bit of wiggling on the Jell-o site. Not enough and not the commercial with the kid and the cow.

Another day in the park 

Speaking of simple pleasures…

It was just too lovely to spend much time blogging today.

I don’t remember east coast weather as nice as the last two days.

Here are some pictures of turtles in the park for your entertainment.

3 responses to this post.

  1. I don’t get it – why can’t calacanis just post to his blog???


  2. Posted by Matt on May 14, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    I wondered why it was hard to find commercials online, too. Apparently it’s because of the contracts they have with actors and other people in the commercials. The contracts often are for a certain number of ad buys, and subsequent showings get more money for the actors. Thus, posting it on youtube breaks this model and could cause legal problems.

    I’ve heard some reports of takedown notices, but I doubt that the companies work too hard on it šŸ˜‰


  3. Posted by subnet on May 15, 2007 at 12:49 am

    Dave, I like your idea of building your own intermediary, premium twitter-service. however, you’ld have to setup your own SMS infrastructure to keep up full service when Twitter’s servers are down (I’m talking especially of SMS-notifications, which, for me, are the single most important part of Twitter).


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