Twitter demonstrates the future of Windows 10 apps – The Verge

Twitter is the first big name to switch its Universal Windows App over to a PWA, and there will likely be many more. These web apps look like they will be the future of many Windows apps.

via Twitter demonstrates the future of Windows 10 apps – The Verge

I am fascinated to see how this approach works out, how people take to hosted web apps and PWAs when they become common in the Windows Store.

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Frustrations With Live Streaming

I just don’t get the live streaming trend. Every app decided it must have chat, then ‘stories’, next must-have seems to be live streaming.

The argument for timeliness, live video is made for this. See events unfold via people at the scene, get up to the minute reaction, interactivity, FOMO.

Was Live, Didn’t Miss Much

However, the timeliness becomes the issue, the ‘live’ part. I am very familiar with the, ‘Sorry, stream ended’ message. Ninety five percent of live streams, I miss.

On the rare occasions I make it in time (or the rare case they provide recording), live streams break down to this:

  • The broadcaster asking viewers if they can be seen and heard
  • Awkwardly presenting whatever it is they wanted to show, live is hard
  • Interrupting themselves answering the same questions with viewers in the chat, to the point of frustration

I just don’t see how you monetise something like this long-term. The timeliness ensures it is quickly no longer relevant. The quality is often not good enough to justify seeking out to watch. I know I will read this post in a few years and tut to myself. Right now, I just don’t get it.

And now, a brief definition of the web

Speaking of questions, I’ll re-pose one from earlier: who cares? Well, I do. The openness of the web allowed small companies to become big ones without seeking permission from the biggest ones. Preserving the web, or more specifically the open principles behind it, means protecting one of the few paths for innovation left in the modern tech world that doesn’t have a giant company acting as a gatekeeper. And there’s reason not to trust those giant companies: there’s much less incentive to encourage openness when you have a massive empire to defend.

Not everything has to be as open as the web, but some things should be.

via And now, a brief definition of the web – The Verge

Twitter Can Come Back With Chat

While I was drafting my take on Twitter last week and trying not to repeat any of the points that had already been mentioned. I was lamenting the fact that Twitter took so long to remove the DM limit. It seemed obvious to me that chat was taking off and I cant understand why Twitter dragged their feet. This thought became an idea about how Twitter could catch up.

Twitter has become the place to interact/complain about brands. Peoples first experience of talking with brands probably happened on Twitter. What if Twitter built upon that?

I’ve seen a few articles about messaging being the next platform and the bots taking over. We will all simply chat with a service we want something from and our needs will be met. In those articles I have never seen Twitter mentioned.

But Twitter is in a good place to become the best brand chat app. 

‘Twitter Brand Chat’

  • People are used to interacting with brands on Twitter. They are already doing this using @ replies, this augments that behaviour.
  • Users are in the mindset to interact with brands rather in other chat platforms alongside friends conversations
  • Brands already have a presence on Twitter.
  • Brands are already staffed to deal with CRM (customer relationship management), teams would only require additional training and increasing in staffing, much could be automated too.
  • Users follow list could help provide context to questions and biases.
  • Twitter already has various action cards. These could form the basis of a lot of the interaction. A purchase tweet comes back to a request and the users taps to purchase. If either party need clarification, a tweaked version of the Poll card appears with the options available etc. Video card which answers a question or walks you through a task etc.
  • It would avoid slips with brands accidentally public tweeting CRM tweets. An issue I see happen regularly.

Twitters new service would live within Direct Messages (not another tab). Businesses could pay for an enhanced TweetDeck or fee for the intelligent automation API that would help power the new service. Alternatively Twitter could run the AI chat bot service and partner to fulfil the requests.

This is how I see Twitter could come back from a lazy start to as a chat messaging platform, go all in on conversing with brands.

Update: I would call the service ‘Twitter Quill,’ since it would be text based.

When you accidentally start a thing…

Less than a week ago I posted a demo CSS1K theme I had parked on my hard drive and posted it to CodePen where it would be right at home.

CSS1K was a web styling challenge from several years ago where you creatively style the instructional example page using 1 kilobyte of CSS or less.

I didn’t expect anything would come of it, just another piece to demo my skills. Then it got selected to for the ‘Picks’ section of the site and got a modest amount of views, likes and comments. Then as hoped, it inspired someone else to give it a go. When finally a CodePen blog post brought it to more peoples attention and encouraged others to take up the challenge. Some will probably groan ‘this again’, but css has progressed further and hopefully it inspires some really new solutions.

Maybe take a glance through those old demos and experiments you parked to one side. Never know what you might find.