Founders David and Stuart share their perspective on Phweet and what makes it different, in a broad-ranging discussion triggered by Andy Abramson’s smart little experiment using Phweet on Aircell.
The discussions included a broadranging technical disucssion that has been further fullowed up. Here’s two illustrations – Dan York tells us why you can use Phweet when Skype is blocked and TringMe’s CEO Yusuf Motivala shares more about Tringme’s traffic platform.
They said it couldn’t be done. AirCell said they would block calls from aircraft. What and who flys and tweets at 35000ft? @Andy Abramson tweeted a little while ago breaking the news that you can talk now on AirCell using Phweet. AirCell had recently announced that WiFi would soon be on all aircraft although no telephony. Well they got that wrong! Phweet!
I’m finding a higher failure rate than desired for first time users of Phweet who have popup blockers on. Many users on Firefox are using Adblocker. This simply blocks the popup flashwidget. As a result you will be dissatisfied. This is what Phweet with a call on the browser should look like! When you are ready to accept you will see this.
It will look like this after acceptance. If you do not see a page that looks like this turn off your adblocker for Phweet.com. Refresh the page. It should appear.
When developing a new product or service one tends to keep things underwraps. Even when using another APIs developers keep things fairly tight until they are at a point they can share. A key piece in the Phweet puzzle is being provided by TringMe. They’ve been one of the emerging VoIP providers (like Phonegnome / TelEvolution which is simply more in-house…) that provide an open and public API.
So it wasn’t until we were almost ready to share Phweet publicly and I’d been testing with Aswath Rao who said he could introduce us. That made contact simple and we connected with Yusuf Motiwala and the team at TringMe. Yusuf and TringMe has been leading the development of Flash VoIP based solutions with an open API. We simply found them inspiring and easy to make the connection with. As a result we were delighted to learn we will be able to improve the flash experience over the coming days and weeks in a number of ways.
What excites us? Well we were able to get to startup stage pretty much on their API documentation alone. That says it’s robust and works. I can’t tell you how unusual that can be. In addition they’ve made their API a centerpoint of their VoIP strategy. They are working to build a platform; we know their own system uses exactly the same API to provide their services. That’s a credit to them and it means it’s not an afterthought. That also suports our choice. We are a lot safer building elements of our service out on this API rather than others which didn’t start with an API in mind.
We’re looking forward to contining to work with the TringMe team. It’s very likely your first Phweet will be with a TringMe widget. We believe you will be impressed.