I had to take a road trip to think of this one.
Before explaining the idea, let me say that I couldn’t have done it without: 1. Flickr’s fantastic support of RSS 2.0. 2. Twitter’s excellent API. 3. And one more thing. The iPhone’s ability to easily email a photo to Flickr.
With those three bits of excellence, it took a little more than an hour to get them all talking to each other so that when I take a picture and upload it to Flickr, it automatically notifies my Twitter subscribers.
That means when I see something wonderful or mundane or somewhere inbetween, a picture of a hot dog or a beautiful woman, or Mount St Helens blowing its top, or (this one’s for Dan Gillmor) a great news event, people who follow me in Twitter are instantly informed.
It’s like TwitterGram for pictures.
More evidence that Twitter is, as I suspected, a coral reef.
Thank you Apple!
PS: Fred Wilson wanted this too.
I’m driving from the Bay Area to Seattle for multiple purposes.
1. It’s been a long time since I took a road trip. Last one was in the summer of 2005, almost two years ago.
2. I have a new car, and while it’s fun to get to know it by driving around the Bay Area, there’s nothing like taking it for an extended test drive.
3. The weather is fantastic in the northwestern US this time of year. While I’ve done the drive from Seattle to the Bay Area a few times, it’s never been in such good weather. It’s warm and clear. I’m seeing things that never made it through the fog and rain on previous trips.
4. I get great thinking done on these trips and come up with good ideas. More on that later.
5. It’s allowed me to get completely caught up with Fresh Air podcasts. More on that too.
Having a car with a smooth iPod interface, one you can pause to listen to the radio (it happens automatically!) is a great luxury. It means you can load it up with podcasts, program your own experience, and it’s wonderful how the miles melt when your mind is engaged. Fresh Air is a fantastic driving companion.
Of all the shows I listened to, the July 23 installment, featuring a too-brief interview with Mohammed Hafez on Martyrs Without Borders, was the most eye-opening. Listen to it if you want to increase your understanding of what the U.S. has committed to in Iraq. It’s more information than you’ll get in a month of watching dumbed-down TV news.
Fresh Air, at its best, is great. Another great segment is the recent interview with Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson. And Isaac Hayes on Sammy Davis Jr’s cover of Shaft. They have their annoying moments too, but those were made up for by her great, human interview of Tammy Faye, who turns out to be more complex and thoughtful than I imagined (I never saw past her horrible makeup).
Okay, enough of that. Time to hit the road!!