Saturday, October 15, 2011

No longer relying on screen name

Previously Twitizer used the Twitter Username (or screen name) as identifier of the user and its content, but as Username can be changed it’s not a trustworthy identifier, so Twitizer is now using the unique (and hopefully never-changing) Twitter user ID instead.

The biggest practical difference is that if you change Username on Twitter now, you will still be able to access content you’ve created under your old Username.

Other than that everything should work as before.

Also, note that each time you Login, Twitizer will update your profile information, including Username, Name, Picture, Bio, Location and Web.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

User profile info

So far Location, Bio and Web info are shown (in other words what’s on your Settings / Profile page at Twitter) on the Timeline and Users pages, provided you’ve entered anything at Twitter.


Please note that you need to log in to Twitizer again, to update this information.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Twitizer, now with more Twitter

In an effort to make better use of the combined features of Twitizer and Twitter, and more or less seamlessly complement Twitter with features it lacks, the following interconnections now exist:

  • Whenever a message is sent to Twitizer, a tweet with part of the text message and a link back to the related Twitizer landing page is submitted. This is independent of how the message was sent/uploaded to Twitizer (via Uploader, e-mail, MMS or the tweet row on the site) or whether the message contains pictures, videos, audio, long messages or a combination thereof.
  • When someone rates your message a reply tweet is submitted a la “I gave twitizer.com/xxxxx the rating n” (see Rating tweet).
  • When someone comments on your message a reply tweet is submitted with the comment text.
  • When you log in to Twitizer for the first time a tweet is submitted a la “I’ve started using Twitizer, that makes it easy to share experiences. See twitizer.com for more information.”.
  • A similar tweet is submitted to @twitizercom, the same account this blog tweets to.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Landing page: new order

Latest is now placed after Rating and Comments.


We hope you’ll find this more logical and obvious, as rating and comments are related to the displayed message, not the latest messages.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rating tweet

When someone rates your message you will now get a Twitter reply about that.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Downtime blues

Twitizer is up again after a massive outage caused by intense raining that knocked out the electricity.

We hope for stability from now on and we apologize for the downtime.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Longer video timeout

The video uploading timeout has been extended to 60 seconds, to better handle larger video files.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Locking problems solved

By moving to a different server solution we’ve been able to get rid of the lockups after uploading content. It’s been related to system software rather than Twitizer. Therefore we hope this is now fixed once and for all.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Teaser info, menu icons, thumbnails, performance etc

Enhancements:

  • The home page shows a classical “as easy as 1-2-3” message to tease users (read: you) to sign up.
  • The top menu has icons and the text has been made larger for more intuitive navigation.
  • In thumbnail gallery mode (shown on the timeline, home and landing pages), only the first media thumbnail is shown per message, so that each thumbnail represents exactly one message and vice versa.
  • In thumbnail listing mode (shown on the timeline page), max 3 media thumbnails are shown per message to avoid cramped space for the text (all are of course still shown on the landing page), and total number of media attachments is shown in the message description.

Friday, June 3, 2011

New Twitizer presentation and retweeting

The presentation has been updated with the latest enhancements (new design, Android app, retweeting to twitizerpublic etc etc):
Partners - Twitizer - Sharing is caring!
Regarding retweeting: If you send something to Twitizer it will be tweeted to your account as well as retweeted to @twitizerpublic.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Twitizer Uploader 1.02

Uploader now shows up in the share/send lists of other applications, making it even easier to post multimedia and long messages. If text is shared, it shows up in the message field, so you can write a separate status about what is being posted.

Twitizer Uploader on Android Market

It's under the Social category.

Twitizer Uploader for Android - Twitizer - Sharing is caring!.

Twitizer Uploader - Android Market

 

For the sake of testing, this was posted via the Share button at twitizer.com while on the Uploader page. Worked nicely.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Twitizer Uploader soon out

There’s now advance information about the Android app:

Twitizer Uploader Android - Abiro

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The top menu is back

But now it’s tiny and only containing those things that you might need often. The rest is still in the page footer.

Twitizer Top Row

We also added some more tooltips.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Major overhaul of Twitizer

So many things to mention, but here are a few:
  • Higher performance: Much increased performance by moving to a new server. Due to some issues during the transfer there were disturbances yesterday and today. All that should be sorted out now.

But you don’t just get speed, you get many new features too. I’ve probably forgotten a few.
  • Menu-less navigation: The top menu has been removed completely. There’s a menu at the bottom of the page for less often used pages. Day-to-day navigation relies on visual cues on the pages themselves.
  • Navigation tooltips: Tooltips indicate what clicking on different pictures and links lead to, to simplify the understanding of the menu-less design.
  • More content space: The top page information has been vertically squeezed into one row, making more of the actual content show without scrolling. This also makes the design cleaner.
  • Upload via tweets: There’s no longer a specific Upload page. Instead you can now tweet with a file once you are logged in. Note that the message can be any length, so you are not limited to Twitter’s 140 characters.
  • Persistent rotation: Pictures are now rotated persistently for logged in authors of messages. Other users can still rotate as before, but not persistently. This also affects the thumbnail pictures.
  • Removal confirmation: A confirmation dialog pops up when you try to remove a message or a comment.
  • Remove more: You can remove messages directly on the Timeline page as well, making it easier to remove several messages. Of course you can only remove your own.
  • Comment reply: Commenting also leads to a Twitter reply being sent to the user the message is created by.
  • Timeline with sections: The timeline page is now better segmented into sections with explaining headers.
  • Picture stabilizer: Pictures on landing pages now have placeholders so that the page doesn’t jump around between downloading and showing the picture.
  • Aligned information: The message information box now aligns the columns to show as much of the message text as possible.
Instead of providing a lot of picture examples of the features, try Twitizer out for yourself. It’s free, supposedly addictive, and enhances the Twitter experience.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Timeline with a name

Now the user’s name is shown in the page title (as ‘Timeline by username’), based on the settings made in the toolbar. This will also be in the title of a bookmark or if you share the page.

New Sharing toolbar

The toolbar for liking and sharing Twitizer pages has been updated to emphasize Facebook and Twitter that are now the most important channels for such information. You can also share to any other service like before.

Search on Timeline page

You can now search in titles and bodies of messages.

The other filters and sorting can be used together with searching, making it easy to combine criteria, and pagination also works as usual.
The toolbar of the Timeline page is now very crowded, but it should still all fit on one row. We’ll consider a new layout, possibly by breaking it up on rows, but risking stealing precious space vertically.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Location, location, location

Now any upload/tweet can be located if using the Twitizer API, and a map will be shown for any content that has been located, not just for photos anymore.

This is of course utilized by the Twitizer app.

Uploader app for Android


It’s possible to take a photo, record video or audio.
There are more things to do, like authenticating via OAuth. Right now it uses Twitizer alias for authentication.
More later.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Some styling changes

A few aesthetical changes:

  • All text has been made smaller to make more fit, but also to make Twitizer more in line with other sites.
  • Text in gray blocks is now surrounded by some empty space.
  • Input fields are now consistently styled with gray borders, and those for tweets and comments are now matching the height of the user icons. Input fields have also been made wider.

More is planned.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Page titles and SEO adjustments

  • Added appropriate titles to all pages, for bookmarking, likes etc.
  • Titles shown on the page and that are stored with a bookmark are now literally the same.
  • Updated information for search engines to (hopefully) get more search hits.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

See most active users

You can now select to sort the Users page on most active users.

Modified home page

The home page has been reduced to show one row per item type, and with “more” not taking vertical space, making all items show on one screen without scrolling.