The rage these days are about Foursquare and My Town. There's also word that Facebook is taking a serious look at acquiring Loopt. But what about Twitter?
Twitter now has up to 50 million tweets a day and it doesn't seem to be slowing but a number of companies are coming at it from a variety of different directions. Location-based services. Twitter-like services. Integrated gaming boards like those we see on the iPhone.
There are things that Twitter can do to solidify it's position in the cloud and on mobile devices. On Apple, I stated that I'm interested in seeing Apple integrate into the next version of its iLife suite likes to Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.
Twitter can insure its viability by making it easier for apps to integrate twitter services into their applications or services. As a matter of fact, just about anyone can do this. Facebook quickly comes to mind.
But Twitter's limited messages allow people to quickly share messages to families, coworkers, and followers from within their apps without having to switch back and forth between applications or services.
While I was using iCal to update my day's activities, it would have been easier to be able to tweet from within the application to my followers on Twitter as I make updates.
There are already examples of this. There are tons of applications that allow users to upload their pictures to a whole host of online photo album services. Some applications even allow users to upload their video to the Internet directly from within their desktop.
It's time for Twitter to change the game. It'll give them a head start and really make things much much more interesting for its competitors and better for users.
Also, it appears that Twitter is set to launch a few more "nifty" services that we users are going to like a lot.