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The founder of a small, but interesting, little company called Values of n recently announced that Twitter had purchased the web productivity company, and that he – Rael Dornfest – would be joining Twitter. Most people I know haven’t heard of Values of n, but some may know two of their products, I Want Sandy and Stikkit. Both products will soon be shut down, with the IP inherited by Twitter. Both products were pretty interesting, albeit incomplete, productivity offerings. I used both for a while, but had a hard time integrating them into my workflow. Under the Twitter umbrella, however, both have the potential to expand and improve, assuming that the acquisition of Values of n wasn’t merely a way to bring a gifted technologist on board. There is some speculation that Twitter could be putting together a suite of productivity offerings to it’s product set:
The fit between both of these services and Twitter seems fairly obvious. In the same way that Twitter “bots” can be set up to send specific messages at certain times or when users type certain keywords (try sending a message that contains the word “pony” in order to see the Wheee! Pony bot in action), it’s easy to see how a user might set up something like I Want Sandy and Stikkit combined —
As stated later in that post on GigaOm, with some help, Twitter, Sandy, and Stikkit, could be combined to make a nice personal assistant application that many power users would be eager to pay for. With all the activity in and around Twitter, and no clear revenue path to date, you can add this combination to the speculation of where Twitter will find it’s business model.
Update: Looks like there is a movement on to resurrect Sandy as an open source application.