January 5th, 2009
CitySpeek looks to cram more content into 140 characters
Looking to provide a little more content than you can wedge into a tweet? Portland-based CitySpeek—a microblogging platform with a number of features beyond typing 140 characters—may be what you’re seeking.
Founded by members of the team that launched Goboz in 2007, CitySpeek was designed to fill some gaps in functionality that larger microblogging (oxymoron intended) platforms don’t offer—or aren’t interested in offering.
What sort of things? I’m glad you asked.
First, on a grand scale the only similarity that CitySpeek shares with Twitter is the 140 character limit for messages (what we call ‘speeks’). CitySpeek offers many features that Twitter does not, including:
- Groups, both open and private
- Integrated pics and video, no leaving the site to view
- Speek by category like “Overheard”, “Question”, “For Sale”, etc.
- Communicate with CitySpeek via IM
- Seamless integration with Flickr
The service is also offering Twitter crossposting—if you’re comfortable giving them your Twitter username and password.
[Editor: No offense to CitySpeek, but this "give me your Twitter username and password"---although currently unavoidable for certain functionality---has always made me edgy. And after today, it only make me moreso. However, it serves as yet another opportunity for me to wonder aloud "When oh when will Twitter make good on their promises to support OAuth?"]
CitySpeek has documented its API support and is said to have mobile support in production.
Long story short, with its group functionality, categories, and attachments, CitySpeek brings some interesting features to the social microblogging table. We’ll just have to wait and see if these additions—added to an otherwise simple format—attract users.