Month: March 2011

Instant Push Notifications

Ever since version 1.0 of Tweetings for iPhone we’ve offered a push notification service at no extra cost, other than the original cost to download the App.

This has previously been delivered by us regularly polling your accounts and notifying you of new mentions and direct messages. Because that polling is scheduled, we have lots of accounts to monitor and it all takes a lot of server resources, bandwidth and money we’ve always had a short delay on being able to deliver messages. Sometimes as short as 30 seconds, sometimes 5 mins or more (which is less than ideal).

Twitter offers a number of Streaming solutions, one of which is still a beta product, called Site Streams. So long as you have authorised Tweetings we can monitor your mentions and direct messages and send you a push notification the very instant they arrive!

This is a huge change to our service and one we hope you’ll love.

I’m not getting the push notifications?

If you are an existing user you’ll be migrated into the new system automatically the next time you download a new mention INSIDE Tweetings, that means you have to load Tweetings and check your mentions! Then once an hour we will know you’re registered for instant push and add you to the service.

If you are a new user, the first time you load Tweetings and download your tweets, you may have to wait up to an hour to get your first push notification. After that they will be instant.

Announcing User Streams for Tweetings for iPhone and iPad

Since version 2.0 of Tweetings for Mac, users have been enjoying the addition of User Streams.

However coming very soon to both Tweetings for iPhone and Tweetings HD for iPad, we are very pleased to announce the support of User Streams for BOTH these devices!

Pull down refresh is so 2010… 2011 is all about streams! This great feature will be available in Tweetings for iPhone v4.0 and Tweetings HD v3.0. Just connect to a WiFi network and the tweets start streaming. New tweets will show up instantly, no need to ever refresh again.

Your home timeline, mentions and direct messages will all automatically update so long as you are connected over WiFi. Don’t worry if you leave the house and/or your WiFi connection drops, we’ll simply disconnect from the stream automatically and you can carry on as usual so you don’t waste your cell data limits.

When?

Well both updates have already been submitted to Apple for approval, we’ve been testing it with a great team of beta testers who’ve been pulling it apart for the past few weeks and it should be with everyone else in a week or two!

How do I enable it?

By default Tweetings for iPhone and iPad will not have this enabled.  You can turn this on yourself in both apps by going to ‘Settings’ (in Tweetings for iPhone this is under the ‘More’ button at the bottom of the screen), then scroll to the second titled ‘Display’, then tap ‘Advanced’ and then turn on ‘Streaming over WiFi’.

You’ll then need to restart Tweetings, this means tapping the home button to go back to the Springboard, Double Tap the Home button to get to the multitasking tray, tap and hold the Tweetings icon until the icons shake, tap the red close icon.  Load Tweetings as normal.