Twitter has been growing fast and one of the key reasons is the applications that have been build for and around it. Recently, twitter users were seen requesting for an invite from TweetBoard, a new service that enables a small public forum where website visitors can come and have discussions. Interestingly, the service got great initial buzz and it looks to me that it’ll be able to make bloggers or webmasters to install this little wonder on their web pages.
The widget sits in sidebar and once you click on the tweet count, a small ajaxy window slides and one can start the conversations on that very website with the other visitors. Not only, it’ll help visitors to connect with each other (something Google FriendConnect also does), it’ll also help you be more social with your blog visitors and that is the real purpose of blogging & micro-blogging.
As of now, the service is asking the twitter users to ask for the invite, however due to traffic and instant buzz it has been facing issues in sending the invites. I requested for an invite the day the service surfaced on Twitter and got popular, however haven’t received the invite yet.
Due to the extreme number of Tweetboard Alpha invites being requested, we are maxing the # of replies that can be sent via Twitter per hour. No worries though, our system continues to *auto-approve* ALL requests instantly, even if you do not get an acknowledgment from us immediately.
Even though, they have publicly accepted and have asked users to go ahead and follow the install instructions, although, when I tried installing TweetBoard over here at Blog Design Studio, it wasn’t active. So, I’m guessing that my account hasn’t been approved yet.
I’m really not in a position to say if the service will be able to deliver what it claims to do or if bloggers will use this service on their blogs to interact with their readers. Although, I’m hopeful that this service will improve not only the “community factor” around your blog, but will also help you become an active and power user!