AUSTIN, Texas--Twitter announced its @Anywhere platform at the South by Southwest Interactive festival here Monday. It was the one piece of significant news to come out of CEO Evan Williams' keynote address.
For those not up to speed on the new platform, it's designed to make it easy for Twitter partner sites to offer Twitter links with just a few lines of Javacode. As my colleague Caroline McCarthy wrote, the idea is to allow users of other sites to connect with their Twitter accounts in a way similar to Facebook Connect.
If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that @Anywhere, in addition to being the name of Twitter's new platform, is also a Twitter ID. And as of this writing, it features just three tweets, the first a cryptic "stay tuned," posted last Friday, and two during Williams' keynote Monday.
It occurred to me that, as an account name, @Anywhere is a pretty nice ID. But with just three tweets, might it have been registered just recently? And if so, was it really available all along? Not quite. A check on Howlonghaveyoubeentweeting.com revealed that @Anywhere was registered on October 21, 2007.
What does that mean? I'm not entirely sure. But it would seem to me that, having set that account ID aside, Twitter has had something along the lines of the @Anywhere platform in mind since as far back as fall 2007. Was that germ of an idea related to what Williams announced Monday? It's hard to say.
But to me, at least, it's interesting to note how long ago the ID was secured. And if this was done with the new platform in mind, one hopes that with more than two years to prep it for the world, Twitter will hit one out of the park with @Anywhere.