Last month, we previewed an incredibly simple set of Web tools that enable partner Web sites to easily integrate Twitter functionality into their site experience, called @anywhere. The idea is that Web users will be able to engage with existing Twitter features from all of their favorite sites. Today, we’re happy to announce that this service is live and ready for anyone who wants to build a little Twitter into their online experience.
Our friends at foursquare call @anywhere “aggressively simple.” Other partners like Amazon are excited that customers can “conveniently follow suggested Twitter accounts without ever leaving” the shopping experience. Bing implements the new tools so users can “seamlessly interact with Twitter.” HuffPost already went all-out and built a Twitter edition, and WSJ.com told us they hope @anywhere “will help us connect readers with the broader story.”
Citysearch says that @anywhere “will help our users get a complete real-time snapshot of a merchant and, when they’d like, engage that merchant via Twitter directly from our site.” And in the United Kingdom, The Guardian is using @anywhere to innovatively connect readers with those running for public office: “Now, from within our pages, you can ask questions your prospective parliamentary candidates and of our journalists. This is a clear indication of how we’re trying to lower barriers between our audience and those who hold power or seek to hold office, and between our readers and our journalists.”
The full list of sites that have been working on @anywhere implementations pre-public launch include AdAge, Amazon, Bing, Citysearch, Digg, Disqus, eBay, foursquare, Gawker, Google, Gowalla, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Hunch, Mashable, Meebo, msnbc.com, The New York Times, Salesforce.com, WSJ.com, Yahoo!, and YouTube.