The credit of Twitter‘s popularity goes to the intuitive desktop clients like TweetDeck, Seesmic, etc which make users experience unique. But Twitter is planning to change the trend, and would endorse a new web-interface that could change the Horizon.
Twitter will soon release new set of features that would “make you forget” desktop clients, as claimed by Alex Payne’s Tweet sent out today:
If you had some of the nifty site features that we Twitter employees have, you might not want to use a desktop client. (You will soon.)
Uh, everything I like that’s on the employees-only beta site is actually *built* on public API methods we’ve already given developers.
I just mean that our web client team is building cool stuff. It’s going to inspire desktop app developers. Same data, new perspectives.
On one side Seesmic web is a perfect example of how this is possible, on the other, it worries the Desktop client developers. However, one thing I hate about TweetDeck or any other desktop client is time-polls and related delays. It fetches tweets after every few seconds (say 40s) but is never realtime.The Twitter’s web interface will let us overcome this issue with intelligent and frequent AJAXy refreshes which have no API limitations present in desktop clients. (coz the mainstream web implementation would not use APIs)
Twitter.com has added a number of new features over last year, they all had been slow but nifty. They could use HTML5 and if they do, it would be first mainstream implementation, and we can get GeoLocation, local storage, and what not.
The upcoming Twitter Ads are said to be built around Twitter search, so that’s one more monetization necessity for Twitter to force people to adopt web client.