Twtri: Auto Updates Your Flight Status to Twitter, Facebook and email, Wines Microsoft’s NewCloudApp Contest
Twtri.com developed by Laith Yousi from Iraq, was announced few days ago at GIGAOM‘s Structure 09 event as one of 2 U.S. grand prize winners for Microsoft’s newCloudApp() – The Azure Services Platform Developer Challenge- . The contest winners were judged by 2 industry leaders Om Malik (founder of GIGAOM) and Michael Cote. ( Submission deadline is on July 9 for the International contest of newCloudApp() opens tomorrow.)
Twtri is a very simple why to keep our friends and family updated on twitter, facebook or email automatically with your flight status, such as when your plane depart, arrived or if there is any delays in the flight. The web app is useful because it saves you the time and the effort of sending SMSs, Tweets or emails, especially if Internet and phone services were not available at the plane.
I asked Laith to give me an example of what type of info Twtri will update the user’s status with, he said:
“Before the flight depart it will show a message on your twitter like this “DL73 scheduled to depart John F. Kennedy International Airport @ 7:05 PM”
After it depart it will show:
“DL73 en route & scheduled to land on SFO International Airport @ 10:58 PM(earliar 5 Minutes)”
if the flight is delayed in the air, it will show:
“DL73 en route & scheduled to land on SFO International Airport @ 11:18 PM(delayed 15 Minutes)”
after it land it will show:
“DL73 Landed in SFO International Airport @ 11:20 PM(delayed 17 Minutes)”
So the process is keeping the status of the flight updated.
( DL73: flight number, 11:01is the airport time.)
He also said that it also updates if there is multi-leg flight (when ever your flight connects with another flight.)
As for the future plans for Twtri, he said he has plans to integrate it with other services as he sees needed. And plans to develop APIs so developers can provide the features of Twtri on their own services or websites. (Twtri currently gets its flight info from flightstats.com)
According to Laith, the monetization model will be: sponsorship on the website and the renting the service to clients who can have Twtri services as part of their offerings. However he said that it will be always free for users.
Kevin Rohling’s IMPULSELIVE a mobile GPS based exercises tracking and sharing service also shared the grand prize of newCloudApp with Twtir. Azure is a .NET cloud platform where applications are hosted and run at Microsoft datacenters. Azure competes with Google App Engine, Heroku and RackspaceCloud.
(Note: I am not flying to Indonesia.)
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