Posts tagged Social Networking
Tweetbot, the popular Twitter app from Tapbots, has been updated with a new Media Timeline view that makes finding Tweets with photos or videos attached quick and easy. The new 2.8 version is in the App Store now and both the iPhone and iPad versions have been updated with this new feature. The new Media Timeline essentially acts as a filter, bringing you only the Tweets of those you follow which have images or videos attached to them. Is kinda Instagram-ish in a way
but it makes finding media Tweets far easier.
Speaking of Instagram, Tweetbot has also had a fix in this release where Instagram posts are displayed correctly. This is a big win for me personally as I love Instagram.
Here are the other updates in this build according to the Release Notes:
- New media timeline. Scroll to the top of a timeline and switch to the new media view (next to the search box). This view displays only supported image and video tweets.
- Completely redesigned image viewer
- Tweet/status detail view now displays the number of Favs and Retweets
- Fixed Instagram Previews
- Various other bug fixes
Tweetbot for iPhone or iPad is $2.99 each. This isn’t a universal app so you have to buy it for each platform you want to use it for Tweeting.
If nothing else, Facebook has been quite busy these last few weeks. Hot off their release of their first smartphone (built by HTC) and the new Facebook Home for Android, the social networking giant has released a big update to their iOS users. Facebook v 6 is now available in the App Store and focuses on two main updates for users.
First is the new Chat Heads feature that Facebook introduced last week on Android as part of the Messaging service in Facebook. Essentially when you are in a messaging session you will see larger head shots of those you are chatting with
on the service – thus Chat Heads. It makes moving from person-to-person easier in the conversation and also allows you to quickly identify who is in the conversation. Not everyone has Chat Heads or the new Stickers that you can send via Messages on Facebook but it will be rolled out to everyone over the course of the next few weeks.
The other major change is the cleaned up News Feed in iOS. The biggest change you will notice here is that links to people’s profiles and pages are now bolded black instead of being blue hyperlinks. For iPad users the update is a little more dramatic as you have larger icons of those who have posted in your News Feed.
Here is a rundown of all of the changes in this release of Facebook for iOS from the Release Notes:
New for iPhone
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Send stickers to bring your messages to life
• Explore new feeds like Music, Photos and Games
New for iPad
• Keep chatting from anywhere in the app with chat heads
• Browse brighter, more beautiful stories
The update is available now in the App Store and of course is free. Facebook is a universal app for iPhone, iPad,iPad Mini, and iPod Touch
Twitter has released a significant update to their iOS app today, brining some improved performance to the social networking app along with new features. The 5.5 version is now available in the App Store and it is a universal app and with this version support for Twitter Cards, a new tool the company brought to developers a few weeks ago.
The concept of Twitter Cards for end users is the ability to have a deep-link to another app on their iPhone or iPad when a link in a Tweet is tapped. So for example, if I were to post something on Foursquare to my Twitter feed. When you see
that in your Twitter app, you can tap the link and it will automatically launch the Foursquare app on your device, providing you a native experience. This feature is slowly rolling out to end users over the course of the next several weeks and only a few developers – Foursquare, Vine, Path, Flickr and Soundcloud – are on board at this point. Hopefully Instagram some day?
Other updates in this release include:
- Faster launch times and general performance upgrades
- “Retweeted by” in Tweet detail is now tappable
- Fix for reply-to-self in conversations
- Fix for bug that prevented undoing retweets in some cases
The update is free in the App Store and if you are one of the very few who don’t have a Twitter account, you will need one of those as well which is also free (and can be signed up for in the app).
3y3.net introduces Quote Of The Day for Twitter 1.0 or iOS. Users have no excuses to not keep their Twitter account active. The app features 10,000 inspirational quotes that can be published directly to a Twitter account with a single tap. Users get full access to a carefully selected collection of quotes, some of the best ever said, and can share them with friends on Twitter.
The app holds an extensive collection of quotations by famous authors, celebrities, and newsmakers, up to ten thousand quotations within the palm of your hand.
- Free access to the application
- Tweet any quote you wish by a single tap, directly to your account
- Browse among ten thousand quotes
- 10.000 inspirational quotations from the most remarkable people along the history
- More than 200 different authors
- 100 quotations for free
- “It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them” – Benjamin Franklin
- “Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness” – Francoise de Rochefoucauld
- “It is better that some should be unhappy than that none should be happy, which would be the case in a general state of equality” – Samuel Johnson
Quote of the Day for Twitter is a free download in the App Store. There is an in-app purchase of .99 Cents that unlocks the app and gives you access to 10,000 quotes over the default 100.
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
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.
Kickstarter, the service which allows you to find and back projects with your financial support, has launched their own iPhone app to make it easer to find projects and back them while on-the-go. The new app, which is free and designed for iPhone, allows you to search the wide range of projects on Kickstarter which you can then support to see them come to market.
For those who are not familiar with Kickstarter, it is an online service where anyone with a project can write a business plan, post objectives and ask for financial support from those who visit the site. Amazon, who owns Kickstarter, runs a
tight ship. When the stated financial targets are met with donations, the project is expected to go to market or there are legal ramifications for the project founders. Further, as a backer, you only get your credit card debited once the project has hit its financial goals. In my opinion it is the best and safest way to support a software, hardware, gadget, music, or art project online today.
I have backed two projects, one of which I was quite passionate about, Crono. Unfortunately these projects did not meet their financial targets in supporters. But, from a security perspective, nothing was charged to my Visa account before or after the time to raise the money had expired.
The Kickstarter app allows you to browse the site and the hundreds of projects available for you to support in a wide range of categories. Once you find a project you would like to support you can do so directly from within the app using your Amazon account information. After you start backing a project, you will receive updates on the progress directly inside the app.
Kickstarter is a free app and available in the App Store. You will need to have a Kickstarter account to use and fund projects which is also free & can be tied to your Amazon account.
Foursquare, the popular social networking check-in service, has updated their app for iPhone that brings you more control over your notification settings. The update, which is now available in the App Store, you can adjust when you see notifications from friends and family on the service. The settings are found under your Profile in the app and allow you to make the following changes.
- Choose “ALWAYS” for close friends and family you always want to keep up with. You’ll get notifications for all their check-ins, no matter where they are in the world
- Choose “NEARBY” for friends you’d like to hear about from time to time. We’ll only notify you when they’re close by.
- Choose “OFF” for those acquaintances you don’t really want updates from. And that bike messenger friend who checks in at every spot on his route.
There are no other changes or update to this release noted by Foursquare.
Foursquare is a free app and is a free service but to use the app you will need an account which is also free-of-charge.
Twitter has released an update to their universal iOS app that brings some nice improvements to the UI along with some other changes to bring more social features to the app. One of the biggest changes is the improved search function of the app, making it much easier (and more accurate) to find people on the social network. That search can be done by tapping the Search icon in the upper right of the display from virtually every screen in Twitter.
Here is a full rundown of all of the improvements in this release, build 5.3.1 for those keeping score.
- Discover delivers a single stream of Tweets, Trends, Activity and accounts to follow. Pull to refresh or keep
scrolling to see more content.
- Search results may now include older, popular Tweets
- Search now shows the most relevant mix of people, Tweets and photos.
- It’s also easier to use search with one button at the top of the app.
- You can see your five most recent searches and tap them to redo the search, or you can clear your recent search history.
- Links instantly open web pages when you tap URLs in your stream.
- Performance improvements make launch times faster, especially for older iOS devices.
- Connect shows interactions like new followers, retweets and mentions by default. You can switch to “view mentions only” in settings.
- Improved right-to-left language support for Arabic and Hebrew.
- Bug fixes and other improvements.
These updates make the Twitter app usable in my opinion. I’ve been highly critical of the Twitter app to this point but having used this new release for the last day it is not bad at all and is a big improvement over the previous release. There are still areas to be improved like the streaming of Tweets. Why Twitter doesn’t use their own Streaming API in their own app is difficult to understand.
Twitter for iOS is a universal app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. You will need a Twitter account to use the app which is also free. Remember you can follow AlliOSNews on Twitter.
I’m a big fan of Instagram, the photo sharing social site. It is a great way to see what’s going on with people and the fun (or not so much fun) they are having in their day-to-day. Up until now Instagram has only been an iPhone app and viewing photos from Instagram in a browser, while possible, was not very efficient as you could only view a particular photo. That is no longer the case thanks to a website update Instagram did yesterday.
If you go to Instagram.com you will now see your photo feed just like you do on your iPhone. You can scroll down and view everyone’s updates and add likes and/or comments to a photo. While you cannot upload photos from your Mac or PC
to the Instagram website, you can at least now view those you follow. It’s a nice step forward indeed.
In addition to viewing your photo feed, it is now easier to find and manipulate settings on your Instagram account as well as viewing your own profile. When you do view your own profile you get a sense that the Facebook team, which owns Instagram, had a bit of influence over the design. It actually looks really good and gives you a montage of your latest photos.
As always, Instagram is free and the app in the App Store is free to download. You will need to register for an account to use the app and service. The app is only for iPhone but of course will work on your iPad with the iPhone UI.
Now Instagram team, let’s talk about that much desired iPad UI shall we?