Keep on Tweeting: Voice-Activated Twitter Coming to Cars via OnStar

By March 30, 2009 3 comments

Full disclosure: I don’t use Twitter. This has left me bemused and amused for a lot of the last year, as the microblogging service made the world scream like Jonas Brothers’ fans. While I’ve been at the Twitter-news oversaturation point since about last September’s TechCrunch50, the last few weeks have definitely been the tipping point. I used to be able to ignore Twitter away from work, but I am no longer safe. I can no longer go anywhere on the Internet, as on every site covering everything I’m into – whether it’s sports, music, movies, academic ephemera or the BSG Final Episode Controversy – the headline is about who’s tweeting what where and when. Twitter is a great service and is changing the way people live and behave, a profound transformation that few manufactured things ever manage, even in this age of constant innovation and adoption. But please, end the press, starting . . . now.

That said, the ever-breaking Twitter news can make a tech journalist’s job pretty easy (yes, the irony is meta-appreciated). While most of the infinite Twitter news is pretty mundane, some of it is just straight up weird, liked that reported Friday by Gearlive’s Andru Edwards that Twitter is coming to a car near you. Yes, thanks to OnStar you can keep on tweetin’ while you keep on truckin’.

Here’s what Edwards found out:

“While in your vehicle, you can use OnStar to submit and retrieve tweets (messages) via your Twitter account. Using OnStar’s Voice-Activated Hands-Free Calling system, and having your voice converted into text, you can provide updates which would appear in the “What are you doing?” section of your Twitter homepage. It is also possible to listen to a tweet that was sent to you by someone else after it has been converted into voice. You can send and receive tweets without having to type or read anything.”

Now that I think about it, it’s stuff like this that makes Galactica’s stupidly Luddite ending look kind of nice, or at least anger me less. (Hey, you’re right Ronald D. Moore, Locke and Rousseau are totally awesome . . . on Lost.)

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This article made me chuckle repeatedly with empathy for the writer's position until I remembered that just last week, I (who usually avoid all things which twitter, with the exception of song birds) avidly followed the twittered news delivered by a newspaper reporter from a Federal Courthouse courtroom in a minute-by-minute update of the prosecution and sentencing of two former local public officials on felony charges. Twittered news is indeed dangerous for news/current events junkies...

Submitted by Marion Webb (not verified) - on March 31, 2009 at 09:19 am

Twitter has obviously changed the game, but I just can't wait until all the coverage ("Courtney Love sued over Twitter comment") passes. It does help me finally understand McLuhan's 'media is the message,' which was never well explained in the facile applications of it by humanities profs in postmodernism's heyday.

Submitted by Mark Alvarez (not verified) - on March 31, 2009 at 05:16 pm

Twitter is great and that it really do a big work!
here I also have a good place which can take you a big convenient and pleasure , that is tradestead
there are many kinds of beautiful and lovely consumer electronics that I like it very much!

Submitted by redhat (not verified) - on April 09, 2009 at 07:26 pm

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