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The Rise of Cloud Agents

It was only this morning that we were lamenting about the lack of the perfect social tool when what did we stumble across but Twitchboard? No, no, it’s not the perfect tool, silly, it’s a Twitter app. Yet what it does is something that no other Twitter apps have done before: it gives us hope for the future of the social web.

When we discovered a post about Twitchboard in our RSS feeds this morning, it would have been easy to fly past it, thinking “pfft, – yet another Twitter app.” However, that’s would have been a mistake.

(Note: if Twitter makes your eyes roll, though, then re-imagine what we’re about to tell you, but replace it with your favorite social app instead.)

What Twitchboard does is tie together different services on the social web and automates their interactions. Specifically, Twitchboard watches your Twitter stream and notices when you post a URL. It then automatically sends that link to your del.icio.us account. And, according to the company’s homepage, they’re working on connections to many other services for the future.

Blogger Chris Arkenberg says Twitchboard is a part of the “emerging class of cloud agents.” These cloud agents, as he describes them, will help us sort and search the massive volumes of data we interact with regularly. He envisions that soon we’ll have many of these cloud agents, swarming around us, working on our behalf, helping to parse the data flowing in and providing us with the information that we need, separated from the noise.

If that’s true, then we seriously can’t wait. We hope that in 2009, we’ll start seeing more of these smart cloud agents and less of those “yet another”apps. Developers, start your engines, it’s time to build some real tools.

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