In my summertime discussions and e-mails with students current and former, we're all agreed: it's only a matter of time before something comes along to replace Twitter: there are only so many times we need to read about what Ashton Kutcher had for breakfast, no?
Here are some that might.
Using the voice recorder built into every iPhone, you can record and share short audio clips, like Twitter with sound.
As the narrator below points out, this has a very real application for journalism. And telling people what you just bought at the grocery store.
Enter your musical taste and location and - voila - customized concert tips are yours. It's social networking for live music fans:
Twitter meets video. Post 12-second updates from your webcam or mobile phone. Seems like much less work than all of that "typing," doesn't it?
Only up in preview form, this is supposed to be the big thing that Google uses to kill all other social networking sites: e-mail, wikis, social networking, Google voice, collaborative editing, and God knows what else, all in one place.
Warning: this video is long, as in one hour and 20 minutes. However, over three million people have watched it, which means that you might want to as well.
Stream any song you like, legally and free on this Flash-based media player. Or use it to promote your band. Or network with other users. Or upload your songs and show an ad when anyone selects them. Or for fundraising. Or, apparently, to "make money while you listen to free music."
Whaddaya think: anything worthy of replacing Twitter here?