Earlier this summer, the Verizon FiOS, the Internet/television/phone service, integrated Facebook and Twitter into its platform, allowing subscribers to initiate Twitter alongside their favorite shows. Here's the story by CNET's Maggie Reardon.
These days, "billions" of Tweets are being generated monthly, according to Joe Ambeault, Director of Consumer Product Development, in this inteview with Beet.TV
Joe told us that Facebook is increasingly popular with users, primarily to share photos with the fast-growing service.
Logging in and writing messages using the TV remote is not that easy. Joe told me that Verizon is working on integrating wireless smart phones to work with the platform. Of course, you can use Twitter on a laptop and share the feed with friends watching the same show.
Earlier this month, Saul Hansell at The New York Times, reported that some 1 million FiOS customers started to use Twitter in the first few days.
I interviewed Joe at the Verizon promotional booth at Citi Field. Nice spot for a press event.
Andy Plesser, Managing Editor
This post was originally published on here: http://www.beet.tv/2009/09/tv-goes-social-verizon-fios-generating-billions-of-tweets.html
Editor's Note: Here in New York, I subscribe to FiOS. Recently upgraded to 35 mps download and 10 up. And, the TV service and quality is quite good.