Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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
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
Sunday, October 17, 2010
- 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.
- 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.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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
Monday, September 13, 2010
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
- 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.
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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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
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.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
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
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 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
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
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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).
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
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
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
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.