I’ve become a little overexposed to applications using the Twitter API of late. If I see another location notifier or automated image poster I’ll scream – so it’s kind of surprising to see me highlight something built specifically atop the twitter API.
My bottom line is I like utility – so the recent iWantMyName API solution is a good example of utility in action. iWantMyName is an international domain name registration service that, realising simple domain name registration is an already well served market, looked to provide extra value on top of simple registration. As well as searching and registration domain names, they handle configuring domains with a bunch of services – from office productivity to blogs, from E-commerce to social networking.
As an aside they’ve integrated fully automated set up of Google apps meaning that they’ve automatically creating all the required records (CNAME and MX) and subdomains that non-techs want nothing to do with.
The latest innovation that iWantMyName (terrible name by the way guys) is a nice Twitter integration – users can check domain name availability by sending a direct message to the @iwantmyname Twitter account. All you need to do is follow the twitter handle and then send a direct message with the name of the domain you want to check – iWantMyName returns a message with either a link to register the url or a search for alternatives.
A simple, but nice and effective use of the Twitter API – well done guys.