CBS made this show from a Twitter account? What accounts will they use for show ideas next?

10 Other Twitter accounts that should be turned into TV shows

CBS made this show from a Twitter account? What accounts will they use for show ideas next?

CBS’ new sitcom $#*! My Dad Says starring William Shatner is based on the Twitter account of Justin Halpern, who lives with his 89-year-old father. The show’s premiere brought in 12.5 million viewers last week.

Maybe that’s why CBS is planning another TV show based on a Twitter account, @shhdontellsteve. That one is about a guy writing about what his roommate does and is currently being made into a pilot called “Don’t Tell Steve”.

Now I’m not too familiar with that second Twitter account, but if CBS is so intent on making shows from Twitter accounts, I might as well share a list that the network’s execs can use for future pilot ideas:

1) @WolfBlitzerCNN – Come on, Things Wolf Blitzer Says is sure to be a hit. Watch out William Shatner, Wolfie’s gunning for you!

2) @JohnCMayer – A show about a musician who connects with viewers through Twitter? That could be cool. Oh wait, just like John Mayer’s Twitter account, this show has also been cancelled.

3) @PerezHilton – Sure Perez Hilton initially got famous by drawing penises on photos of Lindsay Lohan and then blogging them, but a show about a gossip blogger becoming famous for his celebrity news tweeting would be cool.

4) @50Cent – I guess its not totally surprising that rapper 50 Cent employs no filter while he tweets, but between all the retweets of half-naked, booty-showing photos of fans he retweets, plus gems like the following, I would actually watch this show: “This b*tch is a super freak for real @beautydiorxz yal want some p*ssy follow this b*tch she crazy as hell look at her page.”

5) @KBurkhardtSNYKevin Burkhardt is the New York Mets’ on-field reporter who happens to tweet in the same way that he reports on the baseball team  — in a timely, relevant, and totally original manner. I’d love to see a show about an on-the-field reporter who covers baseball from unique angles and eventually earns his way into the broadcast booth.

6) @MollieWestieMollie the Westie is just one of thousands of Dogs Who Twitter. And let’s not forget cats who tweet, like @sockington who loves writing about his kibble! How about a show called Paws to Tweet, CBS?

7) @LilPecan – Speaking of pets with twitter accounts, Lil Pecan is a self-described “social media guinea pig” from Boston with over 3,500 followers, that is often snarky while defending the fact that her human doesn’t write her account, like some other animals. A talking-and-typing guinea pig right there on your television?!? Instant ratings!

8) @ev & @bizEvan Williams and Biz Stone are the creators of Twitter. Could you imagine a show about the guys responsible for the newest way the world communicates these days? Hey, they made a movie about Facebook…

9) @AplusKAshton Kutcher helped put Twitter on the map with his competition to 1,000,000 followers against CNN and his straightforward tweeting. How about a show that focuses on  a celebrity’s struggle with what to share and what to keep private and how it affects his family? Sort of part-reality, part-entertainment? I’m sure MTV has a time slot or two open still.

10) @YOU! – Maybe you are the next tweeter that would make a good subject for a show because you use Twitter in a unique way that is also entertaining. Hell, if I’d follow you, why wouldn’t I also wanna watch a show about you too? At least CBS thinks I should…

What other tweeters/tweeple do you think CBS should consider for their own TV shows based on their twitter accounts? Share in the comments below!

Skype sheds it’s corporate parent, but can it adapt?

Voice, video, chat -- is there anything Skype can't do?

Voice, video, chat -- what can't Skype can't do?

Skype is back to being an independent service after eBay sold its majority stake in the company to a group of private investors.

But can the voice, video and text communication service survive a rapidly evolving mobile market?

Since its founding six years ago, Skype has built up a roster of more than 520 million registered customers who use the free Web service for voice, video or text communication. In just the last quarter, it added 40 million users.

Still, Skype is facing some challenges. One problem is growing competition from other high-profile services, including Google Inc’s (GOOG.O) Google Voice.

Another, perhaps larger, issue is that consumers are increasingly using mobile phones rather than landlines for communication. For Skype, mostly used on desktop computers, this means it must quickly make inroads into mobile.

Basically the above Reuters article by Sinead Carew argues that Skype’s best bet would be to work with major wireless carriers to integrate it’s service, instead of residing as a separate application users would have to open each time they wanted to use it.

Do you see AT&T or Sprint or Verizon being excited about making a deal with a free calling service? Yeah, I don’t either, unless they cut them in on some revenue, which from what I can tell is not all that much from the majority of Skype users at this point.

But are we forgetting something about what Skype does?

Sure it is a calling service that connects computer users to landline users, but its also a video and chat service that is millions of users strong.

Instead of (or in addition to) fighting with the telecoms, Skype should persue improvements in it’s video and chatting capabilities. Better connection quality, for instance would draw even more users to it’s service and expand it’s reach.

And down the road, once mobile device companies catch up with their technology, Skype should be the first company to offer video-to-video mobile chatting via cellphone. It’s going to happen eventually and Skype has a head-start in users and technology that it can use to it’s advantage.

Managing that adaptation is the true challenge for Skype. It has to take the larger picture into account and move to be there first when mobile networks become capable of streaming video reliably.

And they’d better watch out because you know Google has already set it’s sights on this future vision… and probably some other applications for mobile video we haven’t even thought of yet.

Stay on the ball Skype. Don’t settle for integrating with wireless… improvise something better. It will be better for all of us in the long-run.

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TwitterPeek: The first mobile device that only tweets

The TwitterPeek by Peek, Inc.

The TwitterPeek by Peek, Inc.

The TwitterPeek is here, just in time for Christmas!

The first mobile device devoted exclusively to tweeting and reading tweets is now on the market and whether or not it will be a hit remains to be seen:

Clad in “Twitter blue,” the TwitterPeek allows all the same functionality of a desktop Twitter client – reading tweets, sending tweets, replying, retweeting and direct messaging – only it gives users that access on the go. […]

Sarva said the TwitterPeek is built for consumers looking for an affordable alternative to expensive smartphones with higher monthly fees. The TwitterPeek sells for $99 with a $7.95 monthly fee or $199 with a lifetime of service.

But with Internet-ready smartphones that can handle many tasks and completely free iPhone Twitter apps out there, it just leaves me wondering where the market is for a $100/$200 device that only does one thing.

I think you’d have to be really devoted to tweeting to invest that much money in a device that does nothing else.

Mobile devices devoted to only one thing aren’t new, however.

There are several devices devoted solely to IMing, like the Radica IM Me Wireless Handheld Device for instance. And there are email-only devices like the Pocketmail.

Don’t you think that someone who is so into tweeting that they’d be interested in purchasing the TwitterPeak would also be someone that chats online or uses email?

Why not combine the tweeting functionality with IMing and email? Sure, that’s what a smartphone is (plus calling), but maybe what these companies are missing is a way to combine the Internet features of a smartphone, into a lifetime service-ready device that excludes phone service (or even better, offers VoIP Internet calling as part of the package).

All technology evolves, but the TwitterPeak seems to be just one of the features of a device that many people could find useful. A little too devoted, if you ask me.

That, or we can all wait until laptops are the size of phones. That’s probably only years down the road as well…

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