Do you find yourself spending a lot of time on your instant message or text messages on your phone? If you’re like me, you communicate with a lot of people via one of these two methods more often than with any other âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬real lifeâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ methods. Especially if you work in an office where talking on your personal phone is frowned upon.
If that’s the case, you’re probably not happy with the paltry offerings most providers give in the way of âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬newsâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ updates and feeds. Fox News Sports, CNN headlines, questionable stock posts? Gimme a break. Being able to integrate my real news (meaning the RSS feeds I read) on my phone is what I’d consider a Holy Grail of sorts.
That is the gap Kwyno wants to bridge: the gap between RSS and SMS, that is. So far, the beta client, developed by Raphael Caixeta of Boca Raton, Florida, is working well with IM and promises to have SMS up and running soon.
While it’s extremely new and very unfinished, Kwyno has a lot of promise. Working like a âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬command lineâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ (for now), the site allows you to log in and then presents you with a simple text entry box and awaits your command. Entering âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬check twitterâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ will bring up a list of your latest Twitter feed headlines.
You can integrate your most useful sites, like Twitter or YouTube subscriptions, when you set up your account. You can also give a default ZIP code or city/state and use it to check weather. That’s just the start and Raphael assures us he’s hard at work adding more functionality to the site. When he gets the SMS up, many of us will be in heaven.
For now, this is a side project of Caixeta’s and is privately funded. The beta site requires an invite code to sign up and is accepting kudos and criticisms (along with fresh ideas) from users to improve the site. Developers from social or feed sites are encouraged to contact Kwyno about integrating their site with Kwyno and an API for installing Kwyno into other applications is under development.
Presently, the site is not only in closed beta, but limited in usefulness. It shows a lot of promise, though, and will likely grow through user interaction and suggestion. Expect to see a lot more from this site in the near future as buzz picks up about it. Especially when it goes public for general use.
Definitely a must-watch for the mobile junkie.