Daily Archives: March 15, 2010

Twitter may already seem hard to escape on the Web, but it is now trying to become truly ubiquitous.

Its new @anywhere platform, announced at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, will allow other sites to integrate Twitter deeply into their own content pages. A dozen sites, including The New York Times, Amazon.com, msnbc.com and The Huffington Post are participating in the launch.

Sites that implement @anywhere will be able to add Twitter-rich hyperlinks; when a user rolls over a link to, say, the name of a person, a bubble will appear with that person’s Twitter handle, last Tweet and other information. The new platform will also allow users to perform some actions — such as following and retweeting — without leaving the partner site.

“The big thing that @everywhere does is reduce friction,” said Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, announcing the platform during a conversation with Umair Haque. “It gives [sites] a connection back to the users that [they] didn’t have before.” Read more

The latest Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section looks at making files accessible through storage devices on your home network:

“Some personal technology dev­ices are deceptively simple and yet solve real issues facing ordinary consumers quickly and easily. Iomega’s iConnect Wireless Data Station is just such a gadget. It provides a simple way to make anything stored on USB storage devices – such as hard disk drives or flash memory sticks – available on a home network, allowing users to share content and access their files anywhere, even over the internet.”

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