Twitter is proud to introduce an appropriately slick and simple desktop application for Mac computers. Twitter for Mac has launched today as part of the Mac App Store.
This app gives Twitter users another fast and convenient way to stay connected to what they care about the most. Tweets appear in real-time (using our streaming API), and the app auto-shortens URLs and has lots of useful keyboard shortcuts.
The app is also three times faster than its original version that was previously called Tweetie for Mac. Tweetie for Mac was a desktop client that was originally created by atebits developer Loren Brichter prior to our acquisition of atebits last April. Twitter for Mac is a new version updated by Loren and team during Twitter’s first Hack Weekin October.
We acquired atebits with a focus on launching our own Twitter iPhone application. Since then, we’ve been asked repeatedly for a new version of Tweetie for Mac. We decided that the new version fits well into our goal of ensuring that mainstream users will have the best possible experience on popular platforms. We hope you enjoy it.
Quite simply my favourite OS X app. I’d gladly pay for it. Luckily it’s free!
I have been desperate to dump TweetDeck. Not because it is a bad app in itself. But because AIR is a complete pig when it comes to resource use.
Starting today Ping, iTunes’ new social network for music, and Twitter are making it even easier for people to share music discoveries with their friends by putting Ping activity, song previews and links to purchase and download music from the iTunes Store right in their Tweets on Twitter.com.
Hmmm.. Great! Advertising! Twitter’s VCs must be happy. So in essence we are all now able to SPAM our Twitter followers with adverts on Apple’s behalf from iTunes…
Once you’ve linked the accounts, whenever you Post, Like, Review, or tell your friends why you purchased a song or album on Ping, this activity will also be tweeted to your Twitter followers – complete with playable song previews and links to purchase and download music from iTunes.
When you click on a Tweet that’s sent via Ping or that contains an iTunes link, you’ll see the song or album in Twitter’s details pane, with the ability to listen to song previews from iTunes, making the experience even richer.
I, and many others, have argued that Ping’s only hope is to integrate with a social network with some weight behind it. I am glad Apple have chosen Twitter over Facebook. The thought of having anything to do with the latter I still find offensive.
But where is the feed integration? I understand that Apple want us to visit iTunes to buy stuff. But why can’t I simply post to Ping via Twitter?
And why is there only one person, that I am not particularly interested in connecting with, who is both in my Twitter circle and my Ping circle? That’s a little worrying… for Ping.
I am not sure if this is quite enough. Time will tell.
Another problem with Ping was that it was not initially opening it’s doors for Indie musicians. Preferring to launch with “big names” like Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Katie Perry?!?! Perry is the same girl who’s Sesame Street appearance has been deemed unsuitable for the shows intended audience. Great family values there Apple!
Finally, Ping was only really accessible by choosing to visit it in iTunes. Which in my case means loading an App I don’t use much, and clicking on a new area in that App that doesn’t really interest me either.
Apple have started working with agencies to get more indie musicians on board, and have this weekend added features to Ping that allow easier access to it from your music player. But it’s not enough.
They still need to open the network up so that it integrates with Twitter and (ugh) Facebook. Until they do that it has zero chance of growing. Period.
I’ve always been at the mercy of the press, but no more… The media tried to demonize me. They wanted y’all to believe I was a monster in real life so you guys wouldn’t listen or buy my music anymore. I feel like they were waiting for the opportunity to go in all the way on me, and when it came, they beat me to a pulp. Even now a lot of articles start their first two paragraphs about how much of an asshole I am.
And Facebook is nowhere on Ping, either. Currently, there is no linking, sharing or participation of any kind with Facebook–or Twitter or MySpace–on Ping, which will work only on the iTunes software on computers, iPhones and iPods.
When I asked Jobs about that, he said Apple had indeed held talks with Facebook about a variety of unspecified partnerships related to Ping, but the discussions went nowhere.
The reason, according to Jobs: Facebook wanted “onerous terms that we could not agree to.”
I am only a recent Twitter convert. I don’t “do” social networking. I loath Facebook with a passion. But one thing is very clear to me. Ping needs to start cross pollinating with the current “kings” of Social Networking to stand any chance of surviving.
Ping is a nice idea. And iTunes 10 is.. ok. But I quickly bored of it today. Even with all the inanity going on that you might expect in Lady Gaga’s “Ping feed”.
Most of my friends who I “chatted” with about Ping today were on Twitter. And that is where we discussed Ping. If I could cross connect between the two networks I might have bothered to try and make some connections via Ping. But as of this evening I am “following” 2 ‘celebs’ on Ping, and not being followed by anybody myself. And its likely to stay that way unless I have a reason to use iTunes. And even with its swanky new update I still tend to use iTunes as little as I can get away with.
Ping needs a separate client. And its API opened up to some degree. And much as I would also hate to do a deal with sweaty hoodie boy to hook up with Facebook, and I would prefer to see some Twitter loving going on with Ping. I think the obvious mass market solution for Apple is to do a deal with Facebook. In fact I was surprised that it was not part of the deal right out of the gate yesterday…
Jobs did not elaborate on those troublesome terms and also would not say if Ping would incorporate Facebook Connect–which would make it much easier to find friends to share music with.
“We could, I guess,” he shrugged.
I am sure Jobs knows that Ping needs to connect across other networks to survive.
And when I asked how to find friends, Jobs offered, noting iTunes had 160 million users across the globe: “You can type their names into search or send them emails inviting them to join.”
Surely he must know, right?
And what’s with only getting to pick 3 musical genres you like. Some of us are a little more diverse than that.
It’s early days yet. But Ping may end up hanging out the same places that Buzz does this time next year, if Apple don’t “get it” pretty quickly.
In OAuth authentication, the website or app will send you to Twitter where you sign yourself in, then Twitter will tell the website or app “Yeah, they are who they say they are.” The website or app only gains the ability to do certain things with your account — post, read, reply, search — while staying locked out from the more sensitive stuff.
The biggest advantage of OAuth is you don’t have to tell your Twitter password to anyone other than Twitter. Also, OAuth connections are token-based, so once a connection is established, you can change your Twitter password without having to re-enter it into the website or app.
The only disadvantage is that old apps that haven’t updated to use OAuth will stop working this week. All of the popular ones (Seesmic, Tweetdeck, etc.) have already updated.
Apparently this changeover was initially scheduled to occur earlier this year. But it was delayed because of the volume of Tweets linked to some recent global football event.
It’s a much better system of authentication, and I’ve been using it for my apps for a while now (albeit in XAuth form). Have you brought yours up to date?
Apple Senior Vice President of iPhone Software, Scott Forstall, just signed up for Twitter.
Forstall hasn’t tweeted yet, and who knows if he actually will. But what I do know is that his account has been verified by Twitter — meaning it is actually him. And I also know that there’s no way Twitter would have verified the account unless he (or someone at Apple on his behalf) asked Twitter to. Something is up. But what?
It’s certainly possible that Forstall wants to save his vanity Twitter handle (@forstall) just in case someone else tries to use it to impersonate him — or if he thinks he may want to use the service in the future (like when he no longer works at Apple). But the more interesting scenario will be if he intends to actually use the account sometime soon.
There are already a few senior Apple people on Twitter.
Ryan Sarver explains that the main motivation behind the acquisition of Tweetie was to remove the confusion that many new users would find when visiting the app store looking for “Twitter” and never finding what they were looking for because most apps aren’t called Twitter (that’s because Twitter won’t allow them to of course).
Right. Good Job Ryan! I am sure developers are much calmer now!