Software Above the Level of Single Device – Twitter

I would like to start this weekly blog with this quote “There is no fun without the internet “. Most people use computers not only to do office work or some calculations, but rather to  have access to the internet. Therefore, currently, the majority of people do not use only desktops, they use laptops, smartphones, tablets….etc, to have an access to the internet from anywhere and anytime. With all these ways to access the internet I can say, we are in the era of internet addiction. This short introduction will lead to pattern five of web 2.0 applications which is software above the level of single device. To clarify the meaning of this pattern, during the beginning of the internet, we were using the internet for surfing web pages and downloading files from web browsers through merely the desktops. However, currently people use different applications which are not web browsers to access the internet from different kinds of devices such as: iPhone, Motorola Xoom, Android tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab….etc.

In this post, Twitter application will be demonstrated as an application on mobile devices, for example, twitter application can be installed and used on iPod touch, iPad, Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy Tab….etc. I will show twitter application on the iPhone mobile device. First of all, we have to know what twitter is. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that people can tell what they are doing and where they are by posting a brief text message that does not exceed 140 letters, called tweets, to buddies, or followers. Twitter can be used on desktops through web-browsers or as an application on mobile devices. After the revolution of using the internet, most people can be online all the day, particularly on smartphones by using 3G networks provided by telecommunication companies. Twitter application on the iPhone provides almost the same features on desktops, for instance, browsing trends, reading top tweets, finding popular users, and checking out public tweets geographically nearby.

There are many social networks; here we will compare twitter with facebook web 2.0 applications on the iPhone. Facebook has chatting service whereas twitter does not have. Also, Twitter allows typing 140 characters whereas facebook up to 420  characters.

The user of twitter on the iPhone can shoot videos or pictures or receive both through email  and tweet it quickly and easily. Additionally, by twitter location the users find out who is tweeting near them.

Finally, there is a quotation I found it on a web page says:

“Mobile is light, Mobile is fast, Mobile is simple”

“Twitter is light, Twitter is fast, Twitter is simple”

Developers are working to enhance twitter on web-browsers. However, twitter needs to be improved as an application on the iPhone to have more features than desktop features, for example, syncing contacts to be integrated in twitter.

Reference List:


Twitter iphone


Samsung  Galaxy Tab



  1. #1 by Bader on 04/17/2011 - 3:56 PM

    Well done Naif! We’re in the era of social networking. We as marketers see this as an opportunity to reach different market segments. We can use their locations to segment market geographically. We can also use their status updates to tell about their psychographics. IT people have to develop these applications. But there is a problem with advertising on these websites which is that users do not want to be disturbed. We need a clever way to let users be exposed to these ads without being disturbed. Advertiser and IT experts have to cooperate with each other to come with a solution to this problem.

  2. #2 by denniesulaiman on 04/18/2011 - 11:49 PM

    Twitter allow user to see their friends who are using the apps near them.. thats what i like most about it 🙂

  3. #3 by Ryan Alharbi on 04/20/2011 - 9:50 AM

    It’s great that you compare between Facebook and Twitter because I am a Facebook user my self and I have no Idea about twitter because I am new to it, just opened an account two weeks ago.

  4. #4 by Mohammed Alnaqaa on 04/27/2011 - 3:17 AM

    Hello Naif

    Am not a Twitter user, but I think this is a great application, the user can keep in touch with his/her followers, and can feed his account from his mobile device. However, I did not like that twitter App can find out how are tweeting around me “tracking” I think this can be a privacy issue.

    Thank you

  5. #5 by muaathaljamah on 05/02/2011 - 6:19 PM

    After you compare between Twitter and Facebook, it’s clear that Facebook is better than Twitter. So, my question is why people still using Twitter while they have Facebook?
    I agree with Mohammed that Twitter have a privacy issue in “tracking”.

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