In a matter not entirely unlike Isaac Newton’s obsession fascination with alchemy, I find it difficult to stop making mashups. I’m fascinated by the wealth of publicly-accessible information we have at our fingertips, and my gut tells me greater understanding may be earned should I discover the right combination. Like my Twitter/Flickr mashup Portwiture before it, this latest experiment was born out of both this desire and a healthy sense of play.
TweetPlus uses the Twitter and Google AJAX Feed APIs to find where your friends are blogging. Simply enter your (or any user’s) Twitter username and TweetPlus will find their friends, ask Google where they blog and show you the results. If you enjoy what your friends are saying in your Twitter feed, you may just discover a wealth of wonderful content that exists beyond the limits of 140 characters.
I’m certainly not oblivious to the potential criticisms of this application; one might call it a “Twitter inflater.” But unlike Portwiture, it is not without obvious utility; I’m happy to have found at least a dozen new blogs I continue to enjoy thanks to the service.