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At SXSW, Twitter unveils @anywhere

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(Read caption) A new Twitter service called @anywhere will allow users to instantly access their Twitter feeds from third-party sites.

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Twitter CEO Evan Williams delivered the keynote at the SXSW festival today, and he used part of his address to unveil @anywhere, Twitter's answer to the ever-popular Facebook Connect. From the looks of it, @anywhere is essentially an integration tool: when the service launches, users will be able to access Twitter without ever leaving their favorite third-party sites.

For instance, let's say you're reading a column on NYTimes.com. You want to weigh in on the column, but you don't want to open a new window to bang out a 140-character tweet. With @anywhere, you could access your Twitter feed by dragging your mouse over an @anywhere icon, and bringing up what Williams called a "hovercard" input field.

Twitter is billing the @anywhere initiative as a natural extension of the main Twitter.com site.

"Imagine being able to follow a New York Times journalist directly from her byline, tweet about a video without leaving YouTube, and discover new Twitter accounts while visiting the Yahoo! home page – and that’s just the beginning," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone wrote on the official company blog. "With @anywhere, web site owners and operators will be able to offer visitors more value with less heavy lifting."

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