Amazon Kindle is a great e-book reader and still one of the best regardless of what Sony and B&N have introduced to the market. Kindle makes reading convenient on the go, but Amazon has been surprisingly slow in improving the platform to make the Kindle the best device to read books on more effectively. Amazon has not only failed to introduce a SDK for, it has failed to take advantage of the social media to provide a better reading experience for Kindle owners.
The field of social media is exploding in popularity and services such as Twitter are at the forefront of things. These services are not just great for chatting with your friends and followers, but they also let you get research done in a more effective fashion. And if you are into keeping up with the latest news in your niche, you can always take advantage of Twitter lists. Amazon talks about how Kindle owners can take advantage of Wikipedia on their e-book reader, so why not Twitter? If devices such as Twitterpeek can survive and thrive, shouldn’t Amazon at least consider adding better support for Twitter on new Kindle models?
The bad news is that Amazon still has a lot of work to do to give us Kindle owners a decent browser to browse the web with. But the current business model doesn’t allow Amazon to introduce real web support on Kindle. It’s also impossible to know how much load enabling Twitter would put on AT&T’s network and whether that will be enough to make AT&T want to charge tweeters on Kindle.
Still, it would be nice to see Twitter trends, Twitter search, and other analysis tool be enabled on Kindle. Wikipedia is still a great place to find out about everything under the sun, but so is Twitter. Being able to interact with fellow thinkers (readers) on Twitter and exchange knowledge with them can add another layer of richness to your reading experience. Kindle + Twitter is a match made in heaven. The sooner Amazon realizes that and gives us a Twitter client on Kindle , the better.
Your take: should Amazon provide better support for Twitter on Kindle?