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TXT.IO Takes Minimalist Microblogging to the Extreme

Once upon a time, microblogging was all about simplicity. Today, even services like Posterous that started out as very simple and easy-to-use tools have begun to add more and more features. Microblogging, however, can’t get much simpler than TXT.io. The service offers nothing more than a simple text interface. No more, no less. You log in with a Google account, type your message and hit “post.”

For users who want to do a bit more with their text (link, underline, italicize, HTML headers, etc.), TXT.io offers support for the Textile markup language.

Features? What Features?

Besides this, though, TXT.io offers almost no other features. The service, for example, doesn’t allow you to add images to a post and developers won’t find an API to add to their tools. What TXT.io does offer, however, are RSS feeds and a mobile version of the site.

TXT.io is an experiment in minimalism and won’t appeal to everybody. Indeed, “elitist microblogging” is the service’s tagline. Sometimes, though, simple tools like this are exactly what it takes to bring us back to the basics. Minimalist text editors like Ommwriter or WriteRoom, for example, are popular because they only focus on one thing and do it extremely well.

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