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TwitDoc (Click link to return to main WIKI page)

*This page provides a general outline to assist in the organization of research topics related to your assigned Web 2.0 Application.

Web 2.0 Formatting Examples:

1) Plurk

2) Facebook Chat

I. History

-Questions to consider: How was the application developed? How does the application work? Are there any ways to use this application alongside others?


Started by Bob Brinker and Michael Ormsby in Littleton, Colorado, and launched on May 1, 2009, is the newest way to share your documents and pictures through your twitter account. was a bit revolutionary in the Twitter world due to its flexibility with document and image formats. Before it’s existence, Twitter users would need  to upload a document or picture, shorten the URL to link the document, and post a tweet to Twitter using the shortened URL. Now, with the assistance of, users can do this simultaneously. Another perk is that TwitDoc is teamed up with to make it easier for users by allowing them to download documents within 20 seconds and send. Users aren’t even required to sign up, they just have to use your twitter name and password.

Taking less than a month to make once the coding began, quickly captivated people’s attention from all over the world not only by being associated with Twitter, but also for it’s “first mover advantage in the twitter document-sharing space, and it’s intuitive user experiences”. Bob Brinker is involved with business and finance and constantly sees many different materials in doc/xls format. Bob got the idea for TwitDoc from the need for a simple way to share information rather than doing it manually by himself. Other applications of this kind require more in-depth and time consuming downloading, etc., but has micro file sharing as well as free Adobe AIR client, for drag and drop files (i.e. documents, videos, pictures, etc.). TwitDoc intends to stay focused on being the easy way to upload documents onto Twitter. TwitDoc is used by people all over the world and over almost any subject. Some examples include group meetings, advertisement, politics,  job searching, photography and recipe sharing, and much more. Being such a young application does have it’s challenges. TwitDoc is being accepted into many different cultures, and thus, languages. Therefore, TwitDoc needs to become equipped with many different characters sets, just to name one thing on their ‘To Do’ list. won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, and they plan on expanding this application with no limit in view. One of their goals at present is to make it possible for individuals to email documents with a  tweet (subject), and TwitDoc will publish the file. This process would make TwitDoc a highly demanded webtool for websites, blogs, and much more. Other TwitDoc goals include associating themselves with other Twitter applications such as Tweetie, Twhirl, and Tweetdeck, establishing the brand name, and to ensuring to users and the public that TwitDoc is THE fastest and most reliable way to upload and share documents. Once they do this, it’s nowhere but up for this application, and the founders are confident that, in the very near future, TwitDoc will become a fine asset to many companies and businesses world-wide.

Allison - (talks about where the company is located and a brief background) 

Sam- The creator of Twitdoc said he made it because in a world of finance, he creates and sees a lot of material in doc/xls. So he decided that he needed an easy way to share info, rather than doing the manual steps himself.

Erin- Here is an interview of the creater of Twitdoc.  He talks about why he created it, how it has helped him, who it benefits most, howlong it took him to launch it, andhis future plans for Twitdoc.

Drake: on the mashable site it explains how the "twitdoc" compares to "filetwt" (our old app), it claims that the TwitDoc has micro file sharing as well as free Adobe AIR client, for drag and drop files. examples being documents, videos and pictures.
Drake: Also when you share something it gives you a shortened url...i dont know why that is good but i keep seeing it plastered over everything!

Drake: TwitDoc is teamed up with Scribd to make it easier for users allowing it to download documents within 20 secs and send. you dont have to sign up you just have to use your twitter name and password.

Kara Berkey: TwitDoc was created with linux/php/my sql. Once the coding began to create this application it took less than a month to develop.

Kara Berkey: You can post a tweet with an associated document or picture from Twit Doc. It Supports doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pps, xls, xlsx, pdf, ps, odt, odp, sxw, sxl, txt, rtf, jpg, png, gif.

Kara Berkey: It can also be downloaded free from adobe. is the newest way to share your documents and pictures through your twitter account.  This application is a privately funded startup [1|] located in Littleton, Colorado, USA.  It was started by Bob Brinker and Michael Ormsby. 

Micheal Ormsby is a web developer and a web application designer.  He enjoys working with Adobe Flex 3 and AIR certification(ACE). [2|]   Bob Brinker, on the other hand, is a fixed income advisor[3|] as well as an editor and publisher[4|]





II. How "Application Title" Relates to other Applications

-Questions to consider: How does this application compare to the competitors? What are some unique uses of this specific application?


Allison  -  (talks about how to use this application as well as some of its competitors

Erin-   This explains what Twitter is, and  I think it will help people to better understand why the would want to upload files using Twitdoc.

Sam Elliott- When it says "Application Title", I'm assuming it means what is says by the title. So obviously TwitDoc is a subset or Twitter, and Twitter has a lot of subsets. Twitter is used for so much more than I thought, which was that it was merely status updates. I now realize that there are so many parts of Twitter, and music is a big one. Look at the ways Twitter relates to music now.

Erin- Here are 12 different programs you can use to upload files to twitter.  It gives information about each one of them.   If we maybe wanted to use this to compare TwitDoc to some similar programs.

Kara Berkey: is the highest ranking Twitter file sharing service available online. This website shows a chart comparing TwitDoc to its competitors

III. Real World Application

-This section will include 3 Lesson Plans for each Elementary, Secondary, and Post Secondary levels. One out of the three needs to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) related. 

-An additional section under this heading will provide information about how this application can be used in a Business/Industry Setting.


Allison  - (tells us what files can be uploaded to twitter)

Sam- When creator of Twitdoc was asked who would be the people who actually use TwitDoc, he responded by saying, "Users all over the world both geographically and by subject matter – but here are some real examples:
- Conferences / small group meetings / agendas
- Thesis / publication / math teacher / researcher / literature professor
- People selling stuff, financial advice, antique book dealer, gardening supplies
- Technical / financial / statistics: people with serious jobs that require reaching out to colleagues"

Sam Elliott- Especially with applications you've never heard of, you can't help but wonder how they're used and why they're important. You wonder why it's a big deal. Well this bit of information tells us why TwitDoc was a big deal in the world of Twitter. It simplified uploading large portions of information and pictures, and also in a variety of formats. Just as updates on Facebook are a big deal for some, it was the same way for big Twitter users. Founder Bob Brinker says why he thinks TwitDoc is useful and easy.

Drake: Here is an article that I found actually on the website under the news tab! (btw lots of news articles about it!) this gives a real world example of the guy that reviews apps all the time. He gives all of the documents and types of files that you can upload.;

IV. Demonstration of Educational Value

Sam- When using TwitDoc in the classroom or for any purpose, here is a one minute instructional video that will make TwitDoc uploading more understandable and user friendly.

V. How "Application Name" is used Internationally?

 Sam Elliott- Since no one has put anything up here, I'll try to fill the void. Here's a great example of someone in Germany using TwitDoc for advertisement of his book on how to use Twitter and TwitDoc. 

-Provide examples and/or information about how this application can be used in countries outside of the United States.


VI. References

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