Twitter, Phweet & American Airlines

Earlier this week Andy Abramson discovered that he could make a Phweet call via Twitter, thereby circumventing the VoIP blocking provisions used by American Airlines Aircell operated GoGo in-flight wifi service.

This is definitely interesting as Aircell somehow manages to allow Skype IM, but stop Skype voice calls. This implies that the Tring Me Flash VoIP widget is doing something at least a little unusual.

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Phweet Has Real Possibilities

After hearing about Phweet earlier this week, and giving it a look, I was able to connect with co-founder Stuart Henshall this morning. It seems that he was hanging out on the service all day getting conferences started and explaining things to people.

My impression of the service evolved a little over the course of half an hour actually using it. My initial impression was that it was principally for spawning calls between Twitter users. That’s pretty cool indeed.

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Phweet: A Way To Invoke A Voice Call Via Twitter

Now here’s a new service that in makes perfect sense to me. Phweet bridges the divide between your Twitter account and your phone.

You can invite a call from someone on Twitter without passing them your contact details. Within the Phweet service each user establishes how they’ like to be contacted by either SIP, PhoneGnome, Gizmo5 or FWD.

They also seem to have Flash based soft phone that can invoke the call right in a  browser window. In my case Phweet points to a SIP URI hosted by Junction Networks, making the resulting call free for me. It rings through to a Polycom phone on my desk, snom m3 cordless and soft phone when I’m traveling.

The service just launched in a public alpha. I wish them well. I will certainly be giving it a workout.