Microblogging Stories April 1, 2015


The TweetDeck Mac app today received an update with a handful of new features including the ability to share account access with others, direct messages to groups, support for in-line GIFs and videos, and much more. expand full story

Microblogging Stories May 8, 2013

App.net launches ‘Passport’ app for iPhone to manage accounts, find browsing clients, sign up for free

New Twitter-like social network App.net has launched an iPhone and iPod touch app called “Passport.” The application serves as a simple way to manage App.net accounts, edit your profile, and find and follow other App.net users. Importantly, the “Passport” app does not serve as a browsing client for an App.net feed, but rather as an app primarily focused on finding third-party App.net clients.

Notably, the app allows you to create a free account. Previously, to get a free account, users needed to have been invited by an existing user.

The app is available for free on the App Store. We previously posted a guide to our favorite App.net clients. You can follow us and our staff on App.net.

Microblogging Stories April 22, 2013

Twitterrific 5.2.1 adds notification badges and more

Twitterrific 5 has recieved another big update today, which introduces several new features, improvements, and fixes. The most prominent new feature is the fact that you can now enable app badges for push notifications, but other new additions include support for Twitter’s trending topics and the Favstar service. There are also a bunch of little improvements and bug fixes throughout the app, further polishing the recently-redesigned app.

The update is available now in the App Store. The change log is below, and you can find our full review of Twitterrific 5 here.


• App badges for push notifications (enable in iOS Settings > Notification Center) – Notification count for replies, mentions & DM’s – Using app badges also clears messages from Notification Center • Favstar support (enable in Settings > Other Services) – View a user’s Favstar page from their profile or via long tap on their avatar – View Favstar info on a tweet via more actions menu (…) • Twitter trends (open Sidebar > Search > Tweets tab to view)


• Faster tweet loading time • Search interface remembers last selected tab • Support for Twitter stock symbols ($AAPL, etc) • New tweet count stays on screen until the timeline is scrolled • Home timeline auto-refreshes when posting a new tweet or DM • Automatic theme changing now based on dawn/dusk at your location • Compose gesture: one-finger swipe left/right to adjust cursor • VoiceOver now speaks hint text at the bottom of settings panel • VoiceOver now speaks muffled tweet descriptions • Holding timeline position improved when using VoiceOver • Photo viewer can be dismissed using VoiceOver’s two-finger Z gesture


• Muffled hash tags are now case insensitive • Buttons in settings are now easier to tap • Corrected display bugs during pull-to-refresh • Fixed a bug that prevented Readability from turning off • Tweets at the top of the timeline are easier to swipe • User links in emailed tweets now properly point to the user’s profile • Fixed various bugs that caused the timeline to jump to top unexpectedly • Compose displays correctly when using foreign language keyboards on iPad • Additional fixes & improvements

Microblogging Stories April 15, 2013

Welcome to 9to5Mac’s Smackdown series, where we compare the top hardware and software accessories for your Apple products.

App.net (or “ADN,” as many users have come to call it) was launched last year as an alternative to other microblogging platforms that had become more hostile to developers in recent months. The idea wasn’t so much about ripping off Twitter as it was about giving developers a friendly place to build cool apps and services. Rather than being funded by venture capitalists or advertisments, ADN was funded solely by the people using the platform. Users and app developers paid a yearly fee to get into the network or build on its API.

In the time since it was opened to the public, ADN has lowered their annual fee, introduced feature-limited, invitation-only free accounts, a cloud storage service, and more. Thanks to the developer-friendly atmosphere, many amazing iPhone clients have been released. In today’s smackdown, we’re going to put three of the most popular, fully-featured apps head-to-head to determine which one is the best.

If you want to give these apps a try, you’ll need either a free or paid ADN account. The free accounts are only available by invitation, but lucky for you we happen to have 400 invitations to hand out. Want to claim one? Just click this link and sign up. Once you get there, be sure to follow us.

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