I’ve seen some of these services before, but it wasn’t until I read Michael Arringtons harsh treatment of Sam Sethi’s new venture, called Twitblogs. You might remember the Arrington-Sethi debacle back in 2007, the latter having been the editor of TechCrunch UK, and then crashed Blognation without paying its writers and employees. There’s a lot of bad blood there, and I’m not surprised to see the way Arrington handled Sethi’s latest offering.
That being said, I visited the site, and also checked in on its competitors. Or rather, the ones that Sethi ripped off, if TwitWall founder Michael E. Carluen (if it really is he) is to be believed. TwitWall is one of the competitors to Twitblogs, another one mentioned is Twitlonger, and I think I’ve seen even more of these.
Basically, what these services do is letting you login with your Twitter username and password, and then they let you write longer tweets. TwitWall looks pretty much like Twitter, and this is how Michael E. Carluen’s wall looks like. A lot more than just 140 characters per post there, eh?
Actually, it’s more like Tumblr, but not as pretty.
So what about it? Well, I would think twice and then rethink it again before I submitted my Twitter login credentials to any site, but I definitely wouldn’t do it to something like Twitblogs. All the weird stuff from Blognation aside, the site doesn’t even have a working about page! Now, it may be legit and all, but that sure doesn’t look good, now does it?
One should always be careful with supplying usernames and passwords to various web apps and services, but doing it to a site that won’t even let you know all about it is just plain stupid.
So even if you’re dying to use Twitblogs today, please refrain from doing so for your own sake. I don’t care much about what’s been said about this Sam Sethi fellow, I don’t know him and although I have no reason to doubt the claims made by a lot of people from Blognation, I won’t pass judgement here. I will, however, tell you that there are a lot more open alternatives out there, if you want to post tweets longer than 140 characters.
The question is why you’d want to do so, but I’ll leave that for another day.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.