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Free Version of Tweed no longer compatible with Twitter Authentication

Twitter has been completing the migration of third party applications, such as Tweed, to use their new authentication methods. (For more on the authentication details, please see Twitter's developer docs.)

One result of this change is that the free version of Tweed no longer works. As we have noted in the past, we are no longer supporting the free version of Tweed, so we will not be upgrading it to work with Twitter's new authentication scheme.

We understand this will frustrate many Tweed users. For a limited time, the paid version of Tweed will be available for $0.99, in all markets. This price change should appear in the App Catalog soon.

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Version 1.20: Photo tweets and other bug fixes

Version 1.20 is available in the App Catalog.

  • photo tweets (only TwitPic and Posterous)
  • video upload switched from TwitVid to Posteous (authentication issues)
  • refresh on lists would reload current tweets
  • lists causing duplicate/false notifications

Limited Media Upload Options

As Twitter is migrating to its new authentication mechanism, the various photo services are also doing their migration. However, they are in different stages of readiness, so at the moment only TwitPic and Posterous photo upload are supported.

Similarly, video upload has been switched to Posterous because of authentication support.

In a rush to release this version, some text in Tweed was not translated to the various languages and will only appear in English (though this version of Tweed is available in all international Palm App Catalogs).

Sorry again for the hassles with the new authentication model.

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Problems with Photo tweets and more in version 1.8

As you know, photo and video tweets are broken in version 1.8. The reason has to do with Twitter's new authentication mechanism, but the core problem was a mistake on our part.

Tweed (like most Twitter applications) used to store both your username and password.

Twitter is requiring all third party apps use their new authentication mechanism (for more on that, see Twitter's developer docs ). With this new mechanism, Tweed no longer stores your password, which is better from a security standpoint.

This caused media integration to break, as third party services like TwitPic or yFrog, typically also use your Twitter username and password. As Tweed no longer has your password, it is failing to upload your media.

Twitter was requiring that all apps be ready by the end of June (the cutoff date has now been extended). Unfortunately, our developers bandwidth was limited and, in our rush to update Tweed, we did not account for the changes to the media integration.

Many of these services offer a compatible authentication mechanism. We are in the process of changing Tweed to use these methods. We should have done this before version 1.8 was released and we are sorry for the frustration this has caused users.

There are some other bugs that have been reported, such as broken Conversation view with protected users. We are working on these as well.

We also are sorry we have been so silent on Twitter and email lately. As you know, we are normally tried to be responsive and engaged with our users. Unfortunately our Tweed resources are not dedicated to Tweed and they've been juggling responsibilities at the moment.

We hope to have the fix submitted to Palm soon.

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Tweed 1.7: Geotagging and more…

Version 1.6 has been submitted and should be in the App Catalog soon.

Bugs

  • Character counter didn't work if "Post on Enter" was enabled
  • Couldn't post a photo tweet without text

Features and Changes

  • geo tagging of tweets
  • configurable notification sound
  • (hopefully) improved German translation
  • Copy Tweet has been added to popup menu
  • preference to enable/disable metatap copy for tweets
  • Email / SMS / IM tweets

Geo Tagging

  • preference to enable geo tagging
  • tweets will include location/geo tag metadata if Tweed preference is enabled and Twitter setting for adding location is enabled
  • Tweets with geo tags will display link to location (in popup menu and in tweet)

Popup menu

Our poll results for changing the popup menu resulted in 46% for A, 54% for B. Only about 100 people responded. So while B won by a small majority, we've implemented option A, as that was the smallest change to Tweed and we felt the least disruptive to the larger Tweed userbase.

We may change this based on feedback.

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Tweed Popup Menu Options

We recently added meta-tap for copying tweets. It seems to have some bugs and we are thinking about options.

Originally, we wanted to put Copy as an option in the tweet popup menu, but the menu is getting crowded. Currently, it can have

  • (Un)Favorite
  • Reply
  • Retweet
  • Conversations
  • Photos
  • Delete
  • (Un)mark
  • Link1
  • Link2
  • ...

We are considering rearranging the items. There are two current ideas:

Option A

  • (Un)Favorite
  • Reply
  • Retweet
  • Conversations
  • Photos
  • Delete
  • (Un)mark
  • More (sub group)
    • Copy
    • Email
    • IM
  • Link1
  • Link2
  • ...

or

Option B

  • (Un)Favorite
  • Reply
  • Retweet
  • Conversations
  • Photos
  • Delete
  • More (sub group)
    • Copy
    • Email
    • IM
  • Links (sub group)
    • Link1
    • Link2
    • ...

Which do you prefer? Tell us at Survey Monkey

Voting ends Thursday, April 15.

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Tweed 1.6: User Search, Copy Tweets, Internationalization

Version 1.6 has been submitted and should be in the App Catalog soon.

Bugs

  • Load More showing gaps in home timeline (should finally be really fixed)
  • List notifications were false/repeats in some cases
  • links that had all capital letters didn't work
  • notification stability improvements (more may be needed though)

Features and Changes

  • Goto User (tap App menu, Goto User)
  • User Search (as you type in search box, option for user search will be presented)
  • Copy Tweet (gesture-tap of tweet -- hold finger in gesture area, then tap tweet )
  • Internationalization beta

Internationalization Beta

Tweed has been translated to the various languages for which webOS is available.

With this version, pricing returns to $2.99, though updates for existing paid users are free.

Tweed Tweed

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Tweed 1.5: Bug Fixes and Video Beta

Version 1.5 has been submitted and should be in the App Catalog soon.

Bugs

  • Load More showing gaps in home timeline ( see below)
  • Links causing app to freeze
  • Notifications not clearing on loading the timeline
  • Wrong (and really big) notification counts in dashboard

Forward Gesture/Compose is still broken -- seems to be problem in webOS 1.4 update. (This seems broken in web browser application as well)

Features and Changes

  • basic/beta TwitVid integration for uploading video

Load More

Before 1.3, some users had gaps in their home timelines when clicking "Load More". We tried to fix this in 1.3 and probably made things worse.

We are going back to the previous methods we had in 1.2. While users may still see gaps, the problem seems to on the Twitter side. In more expansive testing, it seems that the Twitter API occasionally return the wrong tweets for Load More. We are trying to find out more from Twitter

While we think the Load More behavior will be better, we don't think this is fully resolved and might be outside our control.

Opening Links and Frozen App

This is a bit complicated. We thought our update to 1.3 fixed this. It did, for some users, it didn't for others.

Apparently there are some bugs in Palm's installer that have led to some files not being overridden, even though they changed. Upon testing, we've discovered version 1.3 installations that still have some of the 1.2 files.

We are hoping this update forces an overwrite of the files in question, but it may not for everyone. For those that still have trouble with links freezing the app:

  • try deleting Tweed first, then re-install -- this should clear out old files
  • if it still doesn't work, please email us at tweed-support@pivotallabs.com

Video Beta

We have integrated TwitVid uploads with Tweed. We consider this a beta and expect users to experience some problems. Honestly we wanted to let people experiment sooner than later.

The largest problem is upload stability -- video files can be sizable and the upload may fail, especially over cell. We suggest using video with wifi only.

There are some webOS challenges unfortunately to making this integration more robust. The file upload mechanism in webOS doesn't allow for resuming a failed upload: it is all or nothing. For larger files (like video), this is a bit fragile.

We are hoping Palm will provide other upload mechanisms that will allow us to make this more robust, but honestly, we are a bit stuck unless they make these changes.

We plan to make add features to Tweed to provide better feedback about progress and help make retries easier.

Free Version

As we announced some time ago, we are no longer continuing development on the free version of Tweed. We haven't the resources to continue developing two versions of the application.

Unfortunately, webOS 1.4 has broken Tweed and this is something we weren't expecting. However, we still aren't in a position to support both versions (free version is no longer in US catalog), so users of 0.9.x won't be getting an update. We are sorry for this and understand it will make Tweed unusable for many/most users of this version.

To make it easier for free users to upgrade to the paid version, we are going to reduce the price of Tweed from $2.99 to $0.99 for the next few weeks. As with all Palm apps, updates are free.

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Tweed 1.3: RT Style setting, bug fixes

Version 1.3 has been submitted and should be in the App Catalog soon.

Bugs

  • Load More showing gaps in home timeline
  • TweetPhoto: upload and in-app photo viewing restored
  • can remove account if username changed on Twitter
  • RT's now show timestamp of RT, not original tweet
  • webOS 1.4 issues are fixed (for upcoming webOS update)

Features and Changes

  • specify RT style: old, new or prompt (per tweet) tions

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Tweed 1.2: Lists, Retweets and more

1.2 of Tweed is now available in the App Catalog.

Bugs

  • Timeline markers sometimes not working with searches

Features and Changes

  • List Support
  • new Retweets appear in home timeline (with icon indicator)
  • Preference to use old/new RT style
  • Preference for setting notification frequency
  • Reset Timeline markers button (in Preferences & Accounts)
  • Goto Timeline Marker option (in header popup)
  • Pivotal Labs icon is no longer a link

Lists

  • Lists is a main menu item: shows your lists and lists you follow
  • User Profile: view user's lists and where they are listed
  • List Profile: view list members and see who is following the list
  • Notifications: select a list you follow for notifications

We will be adding list editing capability (create lists, add members, subscribe to lists, etc.) in another release.

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