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Monthly Archives: February 2011
Shoutitout has just Shouted a picture of the, what we think is, homepage on the new app for the site. The Shout is embedded below. Shoutitout announced the new apps a few months ago and this is the most we have heard since then so all we can assume is that their about to start some type of testing since the app seems mostly complete. The app is complete with the ability to Shout, view all activity, Checkin, send and read messages, something titled “users” which we aren’t sure what that is, search, view your profile, and the awaited events feature. It also is equipped with the notifications feature Shoutitout recently launched. We have emailed Shoutitout and they have told us that a blog post with more preview pictures and information should be out sometime in the next few days and to stay tuned for more.
Whats this thing we are shouting
Twitter has announced it has suspend popular clients UberTwitter and Twidroyd for policy violations. Both clients are products of a start up that has made its self know for buying popular Twitter clients like Tweetdeck, which is still active, UberMedia. We reached to Twitter and this is what they said:
We ask all developers in the Twitter ecosystem to abide by a simple set of rules that are in the interests of our users, as well as the health and vitality of the platform as a whole.
We often take actions to enforce these rules; in fact, on an average day we turn off more than one hundred services that violate our API rules of the road. This keeps the ecosystem fair for everyone.
Today we suspended several applications, including UberTwitter, twidroyd and UberCurrent, which have violated Twitter policies and trademarks in a variety of ways. These violations include, but aren’t limited to, a privacy issue with private Direct Messages longer than 140 characters, trademark infringement, and changing the content of users’ Tweets in order to make money.
We’ve had conversations with UberMedia, the developer of these applications, about policy violations since April 2010, when they first launched under the name TweetUp – a term commonly used by Twitter users and a trademark violation. We continue to be in contact with UberMedia and hope that they will bring the suspended applications into compliance with our policies soon.
UberMedia stated that it has updated UberTwitter and Twidroyd to comply with the rules and an update should be available in the Android market for Twidroyd soon.
Noticing anything weird with Twitter today? Like lagging tweets to the new @anywhere boosh page that has replaced the fail whale and is the same thing, just without the whale. These issues are actually causing a slow news day and while the issue with delayed tweets was fixed a little while ago, the blank page is still being reported (and I just got one). Some clients are also having issues like bizzare crawling errors and the clients just crashing all together. For example the below Tweetdeck search of “Mediagazer”
While Twitter says its only a small amount of users effected it seems this error is ongoing and everyone is getting it at some point like I just did when logging into Twitter.
UberMeda has just acquired Tweetdeck report multiple sources, UberMedia has purshed Ubertwitter and Echofon in the last few months along with Twidroyd as well. The deal which happened earlier today was reportedly somewhere in the 25-30 million dollars. This is a huge deal as Tweetdeck is the top Twitter client and 2nd most popular Shoutitout one. UberMedia now owns a huge chunk of both the Twitter and Shoutitout API bases. UberMedia has clearly created a monster in the Twitter ecosystem, the only competitor will probably be Seesmic who owns several large Twitter clients as well (Pingfm & Twhirl for example). Tweetdeck has received around 5 million in funding and over 50 million downloads or so. Is a new war about to begin? (UberMedia VS Seesmic) we will see!
Today Twitpic has launched a video sharing service to go along with its picture service. While many people use Youtube to post to Twitter when they need to share a video clip. Its good to have a 3rd party site based around Twitter to share clips with. The site announced users will be able to upload videos via the site, email, and 3rd party services that opt to add Twitpic video support. Everything ells will remain the same. The video thumbnails are all that show actually on Twitter now but Twitpic is working with them to get full video embedded on Twitter. Here is what the features look like. Click them to see it in action.
Picplz just proved AGAIN that it is better than Instagram. Both sites have gotten attention recently but Instagram is closer to going mainstream. Today Picplz tries to become a little better (even though they already are) with an API. It will allow users to upload features and 3rd party services to make use of the editor as well not just the uploading if images. They announced the launch on their blog with this post, which you can read by clicking here. Instagram is coming out with an API “any day now” and has already blocked a 3rd party service called Followgram which couldn’t wait and was searching the site for photos already. I still like Picplz better than Instagram because they have better features and more apps. The only thing I have to give Instagram is their site has an amazing design. So the war goes on Picplz VS Instagram, a new kind of social site era begins.
Today a tweet came threw that caused the twitterverse to go abuzz accusing Kenneth Cole of making light of the situation in Egypt. The tweet in question is pictured below but it has now been removed and and official apology has been posted on Facebook and tweeted. Personally I didn’t find it funny but going up like some people did about it was ridiculous. We have reached out to Kenneth Cole’s camp for more information but are yet to receive a response. Now even a KennethColePR parody account has come up mocking the tweet with things like “Austrian Men: Got a daughter you’ve impregnated locked in the basement? Cheer her up with a new sexy KC two-piece. #KennethColeTweets.”