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Posted on Oct 10th, 2008
Written by Lee Odden
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    Microblogging is hot with the shiny new object set and as the practice of Twittering extends beyond early adopters and gets more mainstream media coverage, the crowd will get hungrier for more functionality. I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry for more Twitter functionality now. Check me out onTwitter here.

    Whether the enhancements come from all the amazing third party Twitter applications or from Twitter itself, I really hope many of these updates happen soon.  Here are a few items on my Twitter wish list:

    • Ability to categorize and tag people so you can interact with each group individually (read and post) as well as to the entire group of followers
    • Stats! post frequencies, web traffic & sources, rate of following/dropping, message topics, most common domain names getting linked to, most common urls getting clicked on, time of day, etc all with various time ranges
    • Follow on the profile links. For God’s sake! It makes no sense for Twitter to hoard the link popularity yet receive the benefit of the community generating content.
    • Enable a “social roll” list of links in the right column to the other social sites you’re a member of so followers can see where else they can connect with you
    • Ability to place custom messages or links to ads if I choose in the RSS feed

    I expect that some or all of these enhancements might be available through third party applications, but they are so disparate and unconnected, it’s risky to rely on any one of them – at least in a business sense.

    It would be great if Twitter operated as an open source app like WordPress, where plugins and added functionality were all compatible with a single application (PC, Mac and Mobile versions of course).

    What’s on your Twitter wish list  ?