Kwippy is another micro-blogging site that resembles both Twitter, Pownce, and FriendFeed. Kwippy is a convenient and easy way to stay connected with old friends and an even better way to make new friends – the social networking “goal”.
If you see a “Kwip” you like, it’s very easy to find out more about the author and to follow them. Kwippy allows you to interact and converse with short messages such as interesting things you find online or just letting people know what you’re up to or how you’re feeling. Also, the Kwippy commenting system promotes members to engage in conversations, making it a great tool for getting quick feedback or opinions from others.
One thing that Kwippy does, unlike Twitter or Plurk, is that it doesn’t give you character limits. Instead of sending “tweets” of 140 characters or less, you send Kwips that can be as long or short as you want. A feature that Kwippy offers that neither Twitter nor Pownce offers is the ability to hide duplicate posts. As many of you know, receiving duplicate content happens a lot on these types of sites and can be a pain. Kwippy has taken care of this by allowing you to choose whether or not to hide duplicates.
It’s also very easy to have FriendFeed-type discussions on Kwippy. Kwips with comments are given their own page and are shown as a threaded conversation, as you can see pictured below. This style of commenting also allows the Kwippy staff members to get feedback and suggestions from their members.
As you can already see, Kwippy is really striving to stand out from the rest by integrating all of the best features from the sites that you love. Of course, what would a micro-blog be without the ability to like or favorite an item? Kwippy makes this easy as well. Simply by clicking the little heart that appears below each Kwip, you can favorite it. If someone favorites one of your Kwips you may choose to receive notifications via email or IM.
One of the best things about Kwippy is their integration of GTalk and Yahoo Messenger, making it easier to Kwip on the fly. In just 2 simple steps, you’ll be all setup to send kwips through IM. This type of integration also allows you to be notified by IM with things ranging from when someone follows you, when someone leaves you a comment, when you receive a private message, and more. The Kwippy bot (that you must add to your buddy list) also delivers your IM status message to your Kwips every time you update it.
Whenever someone Kwips, you are able to see it on your profile page at http://www.kwippy.com/[username] or on their page. In both cases you are allowed to comment and see other people’s comments.
Hopefully, Kwippy will add more options to “Kwipping” though. I would really like to see more instant messenger services supported as well as more of a dynamic interface, such as Plurk’s horizontal timeline, yet Kwippy is most certainly paving the way for how social networking is becoming and the way it seems will continue to arise.
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Do you Kwip? What do you think of Kwippy? Is this the next Twitter or just another “here today, gone tomorrow” social network? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments!
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