Saturday, December 25, 2010

Xmas cleaning

Fixed a few small bugs while waiting for Santa, including now accepting either a title or a description when editing messages, but not accepting that both are empty. Before both were needed, which is obviously too strict.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Upload: More space for text

The text boxes have been made larger for easier editing. They are now the same size as for editing a message.

Editing of messages

Now it’s possible to edit the text parts (title and description) of messages, e.g. to correct mis-spellings (easy to do on a phone), add more detailed information after posting a message, etc.
Note that the tweet is not affected in any way, and the link to the message remains the same (permalink). Possible editing of the tweet has to be done at Twitter.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Authentication and API improvements

The OAuth support has been made more robust and future-safe, and OAuth has been added to the API. This way it’s now possible for developers to use Twitizer for uploading media the same way that it’s possible via e-mail and Browser Upload.

See http://twitizer.com/apidoc.php for information about the API. It’s TwitPic-like, with some features from TwitVid, but also simplified compared to those APIs. Hence, it should be pretty easy to understand and use.

Let us know if you want to evaluate the API. That requires a dedicated API key and information about your company, so you can’t just use it based on the documentation.

The API is immediate, meaning that when something has been submitted and the API has returned, the media upload and the optional Twitter update will have been completed as well. The only further delay can be caused by YouTube’s handling of the video, but Twitizer will at least have a landing page for the uploaded video.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Database hickups

We have experienced database performance problems, yet we hope they’ve been solved now. We apologize for this.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New features: real names and line breaks

  • A user’s real name is now shown beside the user name, provided it’s available, to get a better description of the user. This is shown on the Timeline, Users and landing pages.
  • There’s now a line break between the user’s name and the text message in Timeline, making it easier to distinguish between the two.

Hints: Navigation on the Timeline page

In an update entry:
  • Clicking on the user icon takes you to a Timeline page showing only that user’s contributions, and now also including the user’s information.
  • Clicking on the picture or the message text (“Musical Smurfs”) takes you to this update’s landing page.
  • Clicking on the user name (“andersborgme”) takes you to this user’s Twitter page.
This is not 100% obvious, but makes navigation very flexible. We’ll try to make this more obvious in the future.

Get to know the user

Added user information to the Timeline page if a user name was entered in the “user” field. This will also be shown if the user hasn’t sent any updates yet.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Like button, whether you like it or not

We added a Facebook Like button and also centered the like/sharing section for better layout balance.

If you Like a landing page, that specific page’s link will be liked, not the site as a whole, which provides more granularity.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Enhancements: Less is more, and more

Yes, often it’s better to show less than too much. Changes made today in this vein:

  • On landing pages now only Latest is shown instead of Latest by <user>. It’s pretty obvious who the user is anyway from what’s written at the top.
  • The message filtering has been improved, so that you shouldn’t see irrelevant pre/post carrier information in the subject or message body anymore. At least most such information should be removed now, but it’s not a strict science.

Now also text-only messages pop up in the Latest, as some users often send text-only messages.

We also re-introduced the (in?)famous How it works and Examples of uses videos on the About page for the heck of it. They provide some pointers to how to use Twitizer, so it probably doesn’t hurt.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Larger video and GPS icons

The icons embedded in the pictures have been made larger and clearer, so it’s made obvious what are videos and what photos are geo-tagged.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Browser compatibility, not

Image-based buttons (as are now used for Login and Logout) behave differently in different browsers, which unfortunately made those buttons not work in Internet Explorer and Opera.

A heads-up from a user and an hour of debugging solved it.

The fix has been thoroughly tested on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera, so we don’t expect any more problems with this.

Even so, as soon as you run into any problems, just let us know via the Feedback page.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New features

Miscellaneous:

  • Twitizer now uses OAuth, as mentioned in the previous entry.
  • In Timeline you can now select Gallery to see a grid of pictures, videos and audio, providing a better overview.
  • The ‘user’ radio button is removed. Instead, when you enter a user’s name, Twitizer will assume that you want to see only that user’s messages.
  • The API is now ready and tested. It supports uploading of long texts, pictures, videos and audio. In other words, exactly the same content that you can e-mail or upload. Information about usage will be added soon.
  • Radio buttons and check boxes on the Timeline and Users pages now automatically update the page content.

Support for Twitter’s new authentication method

Also called OAuth, an authentication method that many Web applications now use, makes signing up more secure by hindering them to see your credentials. In this case only Twitter will see them, not Twitizer.

Apart for this, Twitizer works exactly as before, and if you are already a user you only need to grant access via Login before you can send e-mails or do uploads.

We deeply apologize that we didn’t get this ready in time for Twitter’s closing down of the old method.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New improvements

Changes have been made to improve usage. Honestly, some changes might not be considered improvements, so provide feedback if there’s anything you dislike. Especially the ordering and layout of things can be done in many different ways.

Home page and landing pages

  • Moved “More…” to the right side. Seems more logical and they then don’t interfere with the section titles anymore.

Landing pages

  • A few more “Share” options: Digg, Reddit and Print.
  • Moved “Rating” to under “Latest by”.
  • Added a text under “Comments” if the user is not logged in.
  • Fixed a bug that caused comments to be made for the last message in the “Latest by” list, rather than for the message shown on the page.
  • Fixed a bug that made it impossible to remove comments on others’ messages.

Note that you need to be logged in to be able to rate or comment.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Menu changes and Partners page

Ringtones has been removed (for now at least) and Register has been moved away a bit so that the most essential menu items are to the left.

A Partners page has been added, intended for potential licensees of the Twitizer technology. Not much is there at the moment.

New feature: Visible arguments in link on Timeline and Users pages

By now showing the link arguments it’s possible to bookmark them, to quickly get to e.g. one’s own Timeline page, the beginning of the Users list etc.

This also means that when going back to the Timeline page from a landing page by using the Back button in the browser you no longer get the dreadful ‘repost’ message.

New features: ‘Latest by’, larger timeline pictures and new slogan

Added a ‘Latest by’ row of content to the message landing pages, for easy access to other recent content by that user that contains images, videos or audio (but not text only), provided there’s any of course. We are considering showing text only messages as well, somehow. They are currently only shown on the Timeline page, and are of course posted to Twitter, like any other message sent to Twitizer.
The pictures shown on the Timeline page are now twice the size for easier viewing. The user icons are the same size as before (same as on Twitter). 6 messages are shown per page.
The slogan has been changed to ‘Sharing is caring!’. It’s more casual, meaningful and comprehensible than ‘Mobilizes Twitter’, but still slightly inane, so we’ll see if it sticks. Feel free to comment.

Monday, July 19, 2010

The API is ready tomorrow

It went faster than expected, so if there’s anyone that wants to test the API, let us know right away via Feedback.

No more ringtones for now

This has been shut down, while looking for a better replacement provider.

Long overdue: Media Upload API

Work has been started on an API that will support all the media types that Twitizer can handle, that include many image, video and audio formats. Actually exactly the same formats you today can e-mail or upload to Twitizer, including most of those used by mobile phones.

The API will be TwitPic and partly TwitVid compatible which means you just need to change the host URL to use Twitizer instead, and it adds video and audio on top of what TwitPic supports.

There will be optional parameters, like GPS position, as well.

This is expected to be ready during this week.

Blame the tiny donut

There was by mistake one ‘o’ too much in the e-mail retriever code, which caused it too fail. That’s fixed now, and the messages that had been queued up have been taken care of.

Sorry about that.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Alias mix-up fixed

A bug sometimes caused messages with the Twitizer address in the “Cc” or “Bcc” fields, but not in the “To” field, to be addressed to someone else completely (actually the person that sent the previous message.in the queue). This is fixed now.

We also added that if Twitizer doesn’t find a Twitizer address in the “To” field it will now also check the “Cc” and “Bcc” fields for a valid address, provided those fields are included. It will catch the first such address it finds and use that as the recipient.

We hope this will make the placement of the Twitizer address more flexible. E.g. you can now send the message “To” some friends and at the same time “Cc” it to Twitizer. You hopefully get the general idea.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Display of number of views

The timeline and landing pages now show the number of update views, meaning the last line in each update can now in total show:

  • time since update
  • number of views
  • rating and number of votes
  • number of comments

To avoid clutter, if there are none of a given type, it’s not shown at all, so if there are e.g. no votes or comments you’ll see something like this:

  • 11 hours 17 minutes ago; 70 views

With everything in place you’ll see e.g.:

  • 11 hours 17 minutes ago; 70 views; rated 3.6 of 23 votes; 4 comments

Most viewed with aging

‘Most popular’ on the home page and ‘popular’ on the timeline page are now ‘Most viewed' and ‘viewed’ respectively, as that’s more to the point.

There’s now an aging algorithm used for the most viewed updates, to avoid messages with a high viewing count getting ‘stuck’ in the most viewed lists even though they might be really old. This is similar to how e.g. Digg handles news items. This should make the most viewed lists more relevant, as only relatively new updates are shown.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Twitizer becoming independent

In an attempt to make Twitizer more of a stand-alone service a few new features have been added:

  • It’s now possible to sign up as a Twitizer-specific user. For that you don’t need a Twitter or Wozai account, yet you can share content the same way as before, and if you want to post on Twitter, Facebook etc you can still do that via Share.
  • It’s now possible to remove individual messages/uploads and comments. Of course you can only remove your own, so you need to be logged in for this to work. You’ll know, as the Remove buttons are only shown if the criteria are fulfilled. Be careful though. Right now there’s no “Are you sure?” escape.

We are of course considering friend invites, digging etc, but that’s for later.

Feel free to suggest features or report issues.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Public stream on Twitter

All messages sent to Twitizer are forwarded to the user’s Twitter or Wozai account and now also to Twitizer Public.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Let’s try again…

All communication with Twitter and Wozai now handles retries up to 3 times.

Especially Twitter sometimes gets communication hiccups due to overload, so retries are now done to secure that updates and user information requests succeed in most cases.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Most popular messages

The home and Timeline pages now show the most popular messages. Views are counted on the landing pages only, not on the home or Timeline pages, to avoid skewing.

Right now there’s no degradation of popularity due to message age, but that’s considered to favor newer messages (similar to how Digg works).

Caching of images

All scaled content pictures (or thumbnails) are now cached, so they don’t have be scaled every time they are viewed. That should result in better performance on the home and Timeline pages.

Pictures on the landing pages are still scaled in real time, but that might change later.

Monday, April 12, 2010

More cleaning up

We have now established a procedure of erasing the content and account information for users that have cancelled (or got cancelled) their Twitter accounts. This is to make better use of the storage available, and to avoid broken user icons etc.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Rating working again

Due to a mishap, rating stopped working (it didn’t show up at all). Fixed now.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Some spring cleaning…

The server code has been cleaned up a bit, which hopefully means it will run a bit faster and more stable. If you find any glitches, please let us know.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Twitizer at the hair dresser

As many have their PC screens set to 800 pixel height or less, I trimmed the top of the main and landing pages by shortening the description and moving both rating and rotation below the content. That way more of the content is shown.

Ideally all of a photo or video would be shown without scrolling, and it’s not quite there yet. Maybe I should lose the curly menu as well, going for a clean shave.

Enough with hair dresser analogies…

Saturday, February 13, 2010

What’s Twitizer good for?

If you are new to this blog (or Twitter thread) you might wonder what Twitizer is.

Simply put, Twitizer enables you to send long texts, pictures, photos, videos and audio clips to Twitter. This is stored at Twitizer and an update is sent to Twitter with some of the message and a link back to Twitizer to show the content.

Sending updates via Twitizer is done via e-mail or MMS to an automatically generated and unique e-mail address you get when you register to Twitizer via your existing Twitter log-in. There’s therefore not yet another log-in you need to remember.

At Twitizer you can view other people’s content and you can also rate and comment on that.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to take it for a spin. You’ll like it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Status: Stable

After the database mishap a while ago it’s been smooth sailing since. Of course we wish more will use Twitizer, so hint others about the service will you. Thanks in advance.