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OnStar’s Twitter Integration ?

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Voice activated Twitter from your GM vehicle?

Recent OnStar surveys confirmed that Twitter Voice activated text messaging updates are soon to become a reality. Those seeking a greater social advantage over others may enjoy the feature or see it as an inconvenience.

Below is the reported OnStar survey heard by motorists while seeking favorite restaurant information or waiting for an OnStar operator:

“While in your vehicle, you can use OnStar to submit and retrieve tweets (messages) via your Twitter account. Using OnStar’s Voice-Activated Hands-Free Calling system, and having your voice converted into text, you can provide updates which would appear in the “What are you doing?” section of your Twitter homepage. It is also possible to listen to a tweet that was sent to you by someone else after it has been converted into voice. You can send and receive tweets without having to type or read anything.”

I see a multitude of uses. For example, simply saying “New Blog Idea” with an “@ link” reference could update thousands of twitter followers immediately. Major benefits related to company and news organizations vying for the top spot to report an immediate tweet of breaking news. Simple tasks could include “headed to the fork river for a picnic” or notifying a fellow follower of a important event. In return OnStar can return the twitter text @reply into voice to listen to the response.

Although reasoning allows us to see the advantage of OnStar Twittering, what reality will push us to see the benefit? If costs in addition to OnStar feed the equation I see people grabbing an iPhone, in car phone or other cellular device to provide an update.

No previous statement from OnStar regarding release is known at this point.

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April 9, 2009 - Posted by | Social Networking, Twitter |

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