Twylah May Forever Change Twitter

The Twylah Zone

There is a reason why you weren't able to memorize the Twilight Zone introduction.

SOCIAL MEDIA "There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call 'The Twylah Zone.'"

Sound familiar or not so much so? If it isn't exactly like you recall, it's because the half owner, producer, writer and orator Rod Serling provided several variations of the intro in the popular television anthology of the early 1960s. [1] Nevertheless, this is an appropriate introduction to a new social media aggregator called Twylah. Get used to the spelling since it will become a springboard for future Twitter communication.

Twylah, The Fifth Dimension

Through his prose, Rod Serling eloquently described something no one else could imagine as "a fifth dimension." In like manner, Twylah presents Tweets in a never-before imagined format.

I am pretty proud of the @ClinicalPosters Twitter timeline. There's some great content there with links to much more information than can be published on this site alone. Depending on the amount of people followed on Twitter, great Tweets can be quickly buried. It would be nice if followers would periodically view your timeline but in reality it's rarely done. Why? Because the stream of text seems a bit "as vast as space and as timeless as infinity." It's much like scrolling a never-ending newspaper obituary column. Twylah, resurrects those Tweets with chronological and popular priority.

Imagine my surprise upon receipt of an invitation to view my personalized Twylah page. Nothing to build; just view it. Twylah is in beta and membership is by invitation only. It took 64 days from the initial request to receipt of the invitational email.

What is Twylah?

This is the dimension of imagination.

Twylah, indeed, adds another dimension to Twitter. "It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge." It's easy for people to become superstitious of aggregators; they may fear that they require too much effort to maintain or that they will be filled with distracting advertisements. Twylah features a clean interface. Your Twitter feed comes alive with pictures, text and videos formatted by topic like a magazine. Though it looks like someone has painstakingly built an amazing website, it is auto populating. So in effect, someone has constructed a phenomenal site. If you want a new tab, begin including a hashtag (keyword) in your Tweets. Prioritize tabs through the Twylah interface.

So what are some of the topics you will find on the ClinicalPosters Twylah page? Among others, you'll see: DoctorClinical Trial, Poster, Vegan, Fitness and, since October has been National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer is featured. With these topics, you can discover everything from healthy recipes to medical breakthroughs. [2]

Your Next Stop: The Twylah Zone

During it's heyday, Twilight Zone was a detour from traditional programming. In often ironic ways, sins such as vanity and greed were often punished, while honesty and principles were rewarded. Similarly, Twylah is a departure from traditional social media. It includes a forum for users to express comments about the service, but it is largely, a Twitter adjuvant. Therefore, you won't find yourself agonizing over the content synchronization issues or site neglect of other social media platforms. Just continue to Tweet responsibly.

Twilight Zone is one of the most recognizable series of early television — a cult classic. Twenty three years after its debut, a movie was made. [3] And the television show is still in syndication over forty years after its premiere (1959-1964). [4] Twylah is not associated with the similarly named television cultural icon or CBS network. But I can't help but see a correlation in the imaginative way they each broke new ground in their era. They looked at the present and thought, How can the future be better? Using proven marketing strategies, Twylah has "designed a unique context and experience for your readers that shows them who you are and what you’re about at a glance." It includes excellent keyword indexing for site engine optimization, potentially attracting quality Twitter followers interested in your content.

Some images and videos may be repeated to an excess in the beta.

Still in its infancy, the Twylah site wears the beta badge. Currently, color branding is unavailable so mostly everyone has a blue page (with limited resources, manual branding is done on case-by-case basis), standard fonts and, for distinction, their Twitter avatar. Some images and videos may be repeated to an excess in order to illustrate otherwise bland textual content. In rare instances, shortened links from the original Tweets may lose the original path and point to the home page (root directory) when expanded. This will require more investigation but it seems to affect short j.mp URLs.

Twylah offers something called the Power Tweet, which is not limited to 140 characters. It includes a dynamically generated landing page highlighting the Tweet along with its associated rich media and related topics. ClinicalPosters.com will be incorporating this feature in some future Tweets. It is an area which we call 'The Twylah Zone.' I look forward to your feedback below or on Twitter.

Tags: dashboard, monologue, narration, sci-fi, seo, social media aggregation

References
  1. Twilight Zone Introduction. Cleveland State University. Michael Somos. wustl.edu
  2. Twylah. Tweets.ClinicalPosters.com
  3. Twilight Zone: The Movie. IMDb
  4. The Twilight Zone. IMDb