Twitter, blogging, tweet-storm, and convenience

Here is another of those ‘if none is going to do it anytime soon, I guess I will’ ideas. After you have tweeted something, a few minutes later, you get an email by a service that is monitoring your new tweets, that reads:

You have recently tweeted ‘Microsoft’s Window 10 seems interesting, but there is so much more they could have improved’. Maybe you would like to expand on that? Reply to this email to create a new blog post for that tweet.

And so, you press reply and elaborate on that tweet, no 140 characters limit, no need to compress your thoughts, and, get this, you can attach images to this mail. So you describe how MSFT could have switched to a Unix core for Windows 10, rebuilt the UI, dropped legacy cruft, how they could have renamed Windows to something more modern, whatever crazy idea you have, you attach a nice image of a mockup of what-could-it-have-been you found online, and you press Send.

Another service accepts the email, extracts the content, matches it with the tweet, collects any attached images and builds a nice new blog post for you at (fictional hostname and tweet ID) and so, you now have a blog post(complete with original tweet, longer blog post, link to the tweet, comments box) from that tweet.

In fact, you could update favorites/retweets count for that tweet from Twitter and display that inline, even list the replies as comments and allow other users to post a comment right there (which becomes a twitter reply).

We usually put some effort in those tweets, and we rarely can fully explain or describe what we want to say. Given that we go through that effort, and that we still think about that topic(chances are we have even more to say about it moments later), then being able to simply reply to an email asking for a longer description a couple of minutes later (just the right time) seems like a good idea. At least, it does to me.

And, by the way, said service doesn’t have to create a blog post to a dedicated blogs service — it could post to your WordPress blog, or Medium (where is the API, yo), or whatever else.

So someone go ahead and build this service — should be trivial to do it. If none will, I will, for I want to use it.

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