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Tweetbot gets Mandatory Update to Deal with Twitter API Changes

Tapbots has released an important and mandatory update to their iOS Twitter app, Tweetbot.  The update, version 2.7.2 for those keeping score, brings the app up to the standards required by the Twitter 1.1 API.  Effectively Tweetbot had to update in order to continue to work after 5th March of this year.

The update covers both their iPhone & iPod Touch version of the app as well as the iPad version.  These are two separate downloads in the App Store.  The updates for the iOS version simply bring the app up to the standard required by the Twitter 1.1 API.

For Tweetbot for Mac users, the updates are a bit more comprehensive.  The update, which is available now in the Mac App Store, brings the version up to 1.2 and has a long list of improvements and updates along with the new API

Tweetbot for Mac

Tweetbot for Mac

requirements.  Here are the highlights of what has chances in the Mac version:

  • New options for menubar icon and dock badge. See Notifications in Preferences.
  • Enable/disable notifications when a specific user tweets. Control-click on a user you are following and choose ‘Enable/Disable Notifications’ from the context menu.
  • Thumbnail support for Vine and Flickr.
  • Ability to reorder accounts in account preferences.
  • Support for adding .mp4 video to tweets.
  • Fixed issue with uploading animated gifs.
  • Can now drag .mp4 or images into app icon to create a new tweet.
  • Can now open profiles or tweets on twitter.com.
  • Clicking on the date label in the status detail will open in your browser.
  • If the username/hashtag completion popover appears and you press up arrow when there’s no selection or the top item selected, the popover now goes away. Same when at the bottom.
  • Fixed the issue where ‘goto user’ would fail if there was a space before or after the username.
  • Fixed the issue where a twitter search url didn’t work as expected in some cases.
  • Fixed the issue where if someone faved your tweet it looked like you faved it.
  • ‘View in Favstar’ now respects open links in background preference
  • Fixed the issue where when creating new tweet, typing something, hitting escape and then clicking somewhere would dismiss the tweet.
  • Fixed the issue with changing muted keyword durations.
  • Updated to use Twitter’s 1.1 API.
  • Updated to meet some of Twitter’s new UI requirements.

Here is the key for AlliOSNews readers:  If you are a Tweetbot user on Mac or iOS, you must upgrade to these new releases no later than 5th March or the app will cease to function.  This is NOT the fault of Tapbots but rather the changes Twitter has made to their API.

If you are new to Tweetbot I highly recommend it.  It is in my opinion the best Twitter app available for Mac and iOS.

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch) – $2.99 – Download Now

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition) – $2.99 – Download Now

Tweetbot for Mac – $19.99 – Download Now

Twitter’s API rules claims Tweetbot for Mac Alpha as a victim – You & Me lose

Twitter’s recently announced rules around their APIs have claimed at least one victim, the public alpha/beta testing of Tapbots much anticipate Tweetbot for Mac.  Today on the Tapbots company blog, they noted that the new rules around the limited number of tokens available to 3rd party developers has effectively killed the public testing.

As some of you may have already noticed the download link for the Tweetbot for Mac alpha no longer works. Twitter’s latest API Changes means now we have a large but finite limit on the number of user tokens we can get for Tweetbot for Mac. We’ve been working with Twitter over the last few days to try to work around this limit for the duration of the beta but have been unable to come up with solution that was acceptable to them. Because of this we’ve decided its best for us to pull the alpha.

The post outlines the changes made to the API requirements and actually lays out nicely the challenge facing Tweetbots and other 3rd party developers of Twitter apps.  It also outlines what you can do as a Twitter user to help Tapbots and other developers to reclaim the API tokens that at the heart of the issue.

Ultimately it is you and me who lose here.  The tighter controls by Twitter have clearly sent a message that they want to be your Twitter client.  That’s all well and good but given that the current native Twitter app for Mac blows sizable chunks, I’ll keep looking for a 3rd party app to meet my needs.  We also lose in that we can’t help Tapbots truly shape Tweetbots for Mac into an application that meets the majority of needs.

A sad day.

Yes Twitter is perfectly in their right to do what they want with their APIs including not publishing them at all.  But this whole situation stinks because the proverbial cat was out of the bag from an API perspective.

Apple releases full WWDC 2012 keynote from today

If you weren’t at WWDC today then you can view the entire keynote from this mornings event on the Apple site.

There were some huge announcements today and later today I’ll be breaking them down to give you both what was announced and some insights as to their significance – or not so significance! :-)

Enjoy the Keynote!