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Something's amiss about Twitter...

Consider this a public announcement fellow Windows Phone users, you might notice some strange behaviour in several of your favourite Twitter-enabled apps, ours included.

We kept an eye on this story yesterday when we were alerted by Chris Field (the mind behind MehDoh) that he was spotting errors being returned by the Hammock library (a popular .NET library used for accessing RESTful web services). Specifically, it appears that Twitter have changed their API slightly, or introduced a small bug, which is causing errors when users try and log in to Twitter within third party apps.

The issue is not affecting everyone. In fact I can authorise all my Twitter apps and use all tweeting, replying and retweeting functionality, however I've also seen users of our v2.0 app beta sending me bug reports that are caused by this issue. If it happens to you, try again, it might authorise second time around.

Jump past the break if you want to know more...

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Tweet MS to win $25 in apps

From today until Friday, Microsoft will be giving away $25 to use toward apps in the Marketplace.  In order to enter the contest, you must follow @windowsphone on Twitter and then tweet them the name of your favorite app using the following phrase:

"@windowsphone My must-have #WindowsPhone app is _______."

Each day of the contest, Microsoft will choose eight winners to receive $25 credit toward apps.  Be sure to include the hashtag #WindowsPhone and reply to @windowsphone.  You can check out the full contest rules on the source link below.

Good luck!

Source: Microsoft (Thanks for the tip, Aaron!)

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It seems Microsoft has worked some magic on backend services for Windows Phone, as users and sites alike are reporting they're now able to view images that are attached to tweets in the People and Picture hubs. Twitter integration is handled via Windows Live, which was introduced in the Mango update, but was limited to displaying text-only tweets. Now when viewing "What's new?" in the People hub (and Pictures hub) images are now displayed along with the tweet.

Have you noticed the change on your handset(s)? Let us know in the comments!

Source: LiveSide; Thanks, thenet, for the heads up!

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We're not exactly sure why but Mehdoh, the indie Twitter app that has quickly worked its way to the top, has vanished from the Marketplace. Doing a search for the app yields no results and following the app-link results in a message announcing that the app is no longer available. To make matters worse, the official Twitter address for Mehdoh has been deleted and from the developer's personal Twitter account, it notes that he's basically lost interest in developing Mehdoh, describing it as a chore:

Before we over-react, we need to remember indie devs are normal folks like us who have on-days and off-days, often dealing with life's stresses in addition to the problems of trying to run a small software business. But from the looks of it, Mehdoh was pulled by the developer and might not be coming back. That's a real shame as v1.5 became a really strong Twitter client with a great feature set and improved performance (yes, we use it regularly ourselves).

We just interviewed the developer of Mehdoh, Chris Fields, this past weekend and things seemed on the up and up, so we're a bit confused ourselves. We've reached out to Chris to hopefully get a better understanding of the situation.

Update: Well, call it odd timings, but the official @mehdoh Twitter page has been reactivated after being closed. There's also an explanation of sorts "For some reason, Mehdoh wasn't set as published on the marketplace. It is now. Sorry for the inconvenience.". We'll certainly welcome the non-return of Mehdoh, if true.

Thanks, Amir, for the heads up

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If you've followed webOS at all, you'll know of a very popular Twitter client on that platform called Carbon. The developers of that spectacular app have ported it over to Windows Phone, now called CarbonWP, and it's nearly ready for release to the Marketplace. Actually, to say this is a port is not correct as the devs have taken months to work on taking advantage of all of Mango's abilities and really make this a Metro-Twitter app. We've seen it grow from early alpha-release to today and it's been a fun ride.

We've got our hands on the release candidate (RC1) and take it for a spin. Our thoughts? It's good, damn good. These guys are coming out swinging on v1.0 with a full-featured client that is exceptionally smooth and offers a lot of desired functionality, especially if you have multiple accounts. It's fast, fluid and smart. Will it be for everyone? Nope. Twitter clients are very personal choices, but we like what we see from these guys.

Peep after the break for the full list of features, watch the video to see it in action and gander at the pics to get an idea if this is something you'll want when released. We think it'll be a hit in the Marketplace. You?

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Those of you waiting on the Official Twitter app to get a Facebook-like major update will be dissapointed to know that's not happening.  A new, minor version was just pushed to the Marketplace and while it is now Mango-ready (meaning fast-app switching) there are no new features on board--no Live Tile, push notifications or anything significant we've noticed. The version number was minor too going from 1.13944.31667 to version 1.14329.14900--so try to calm you excitement.

It is relatively fast, supports multiple accounts and looks decent enough. So for those with basic Twitter needs, it should be all right. You can grab the official Twitter app here in the Marketplace.

Update: So there are a few more updates in here. For one, you can use Twitter's pic service for your photos (thanks, Amir). Two, it's in the Russian Marketplace now (thanks, @achkasov) and three, it has Arabic language support (thanks, @HmoudAdel). So that ain't half bad, we suppose.

via: WMPU

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Seesmic bumped to v2.0 with Mango support

Seesmic, the popular social networking client for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 2.0 and finally adds Mango support. Quick resume and performance improvements join the introduction of multiple live tiles, which will allow the user to pin Twitter timelines (and more) to the home screen. Should this app be too feature-rich for your liking, there are more simplistic solutions available such as Mehdoh.

You can download Seesmic from the Marketplace.

Via: WMPU

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Microsoft has started up a Twitter competition which will be running today, between 12:01 a.m PT and 11:59 p.m. PT. The prizes are 20 Windows Phones to be given away to 20 lucky winners (1 per person). So how does one enter? It's easy:

  1. Sign into Twitter (register an account if you haven't got one).
  2. Tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes, RT this for a chance to win a Windows Phone. "There's a #bigwindowsphone in Herald Square in NYC. Check it out. #WPNYC".

Please note that this competition is only available for those who reside in the U.S. Good luck!

Source: Windows Phone Blog

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We sure do love Twitter apps and even though Mango goes a long way for most people, there are those who still want a dedicated client with more features on board.

TweeterLight isn't exactly new, heck it just hit v1.4, but it's one we missed when it came out. Turns out it's a pretty solid client. As you can tell by its name, it is meant to be light and fast, so if you're looking for a Swiss Army knife of functions, this isn't for you. Then again, it does have a nice feature set and the speed make up for it for many of us.

It does support Read It Later, uploading of pics, geolocaton, contact look up (using a list picker) and trends. Plus with v1.4, it is now Mango ready. It also highlights new, unread Tweets, making management a bit easier.

Overall we dig TweeterLight a lot--it's fast, supports full landscape mode and has a nice UI. Sure a Live Tile wouldn't hurt but for $0.99 with a free trial, it is certainly worthy of consideration if speed is your concern.

Pick up TweeterLight here in the Marketplace.

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Mehdoh, the lightweight Twitter app for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 1.4. We took a look at Mehdoh being the Twitter app that was Mango-ready out of the box. It features flipping live tiles with push notifications. So, what's new in 1.4?

  • Option to select how many tweets to fetch
  • Ability to fill gaps in the timeline
  • Fix for vanishing live tile mention/message count
  • Reworked new tweet screen. now also supports landscape
  • Support for twitvid image uploading
  • Support for molo.me inline image hosts

Mehdoh is a superb little Twitter client that's over-shadowed by the big brand names like Birdsong and the official Twitter app. You can download Mehdoh from the Marketplace for $0.99.

Thanks @techjunky79 for the heads up!

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Everyone likes contests and Microsoft has kicked off a Twitter contest today full of some attractive prizes that includes a new Windows Phone.

You can find the official contest information and details here at the Windows Team Blog but in a nutshell, here's what we've got.

The contest or sweepstakes begins on October 27, 2011 at 12:01am PT and ends 11:59pm PT on November 7, 2011. This is the Entry Period. Within the Entry Period there will be eight Weekday Prize Periods (Monday-Friday only) that begins at 12:01am PT and ends at 11:59pm PT.

During each Weekday Prize Period a new "word of the day" will be posted at @windowsphone over on Twitter. To enter the contest you'll need to be following @windowsphone and tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes the "word of the day" and include the hashtag #wpword. Entries are limited to one entry per person and Twitter handle per weekday prize period. Winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries for that day. Non-winning entries will not be carried forward to the next prize.

Now... here are the prizes.

October 27 and 28: Windows Phone branded t-shirt, one month Xbox Live Gold subscription, and a Windows Phone Sticker.

October 31 and November 1,2,3,4,7: Windows Phone branded t-shirt, one month Xbox Live Gold subscription, a three month Zune Pass subscription and a Windows Phone Sticker.

November 7: Windows Phone

During the first two Weekly Prize Period groupings there will only be one winner per day. For the November 7th Windows Phone drawing there will be twenty winners. There are no details on which Windows Phone will be given away but it is being described as a "Windows Phone 7.5 phone".

Good luck and happy tweeting.

Source: WindowsTeamBlog

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One of our top Twitter apps, Birdsong, has finally gone all Mango on us which is now live in the Marketplace. Birdsong has some unique fetaures in it, making it worth considering if you're browsing for a new Twitter client. For one, it has detailed controls over the Live Tile (mentions/messages) as well as Push Notifications (mentions/messages) and it even has a "do not disturb" option so you don't get any alerts during specified hours.

Version 1.6 brings a host of Mango features as well as some other fixes and additions:

  • Fast switching - One of Mango's biggest features, allows you to return to Birdsong from another application quickly and with the application state entact.
  • t.co link wrapping
  • Browser configuration - You can now configure whether to use the internal browser or launch IE directly. The default is now IE as fast app swtiching makes this a much nicer experience.
  • Toggling Favourite had broken due to a change in the Twitter API
  • Added Japanese Language support
  • Added integrated picture viewing support for http://instagr.am/

Our impressions? Birdsong has greatly benefited from the speed and scrolling enhancements in Mango, making this quite a nice app. It would have been to have a more robust Live Tile (no flippy action is used here) but otherwise, it's pretty solid. Birdsong can be had for $0.99 with a free trial. Pick it up here.

Thanks, ShipWreck and themoose14, for the heads up!

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We covered a bug that many of our readers tipped us on that saw the Twitter contact integration in Mango experiencing some difficulty. The problem being that individual contacts and groups were not displaying Twitter connectivity regardless to what settings/filters where chosen. While the Twitter feed is working, there's no way to view contacts who are also on Twitter.

A work around was available that saw users re-adding the Twitter account. The reason why this occurred was due to the social network modifying their API, which broke connectivity with Live. Joe Belfiore has confirmed, via Twitter, that the team has looked into the problem and the fix should reflect across the board within 24 hours. More details below from Microsoft Answers:

"We experienced a hiccup in our Twitter connection for contacts, but the connection is up and running again. Your contacts will reappear in the next 24 hours. Your Twitter feed and ability to post to Twitter remain otherwise unaffected. You may need to re-pin Twitter contacts to Start, re-add Twitter contacts to groups and re-link any Twitter contact links done manually. Sorry for the inconvenience."

Source: Microsoft Answers, via: @JoeBelfiore

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Good news for those experiencing the Mango-Twitter issue we reported on earlier. If you recall, a lot of people lost the Twitter contact integration with their People Hub over the last 24 hrs. It was confirmed by @winphonesupport who has their team looking into it and we're told by another source it has to do with Twitter modifying their API, causing a connection issue with Windows LIVE (who handles the syncing in Mango).

The workaround discovered is simple enough and has been confirmed by @winphonesupport and us:

  • Delete Twitter account under Settings
  • Power cycle phone
  • Re-add Twitter account

Yeah, all in all quite simple. Though it take awhile for our account to be re-setup, possibly due to ongoing changes on Microsoft's LIVE servers.

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In the above image, see how the Left device is synced with Twitter, the Right is not despite the same settings

Here's another issue we're hearing a lot of today and which we verified our-self. Seems as if Twitter contacts are not showing up in people's People Hub, regardless of the settings/filter chosen in the setup.

Indeed, we took a look at our Dell Venue Pro and this is the case. However, on our Samsung Focus (loner review device from Microsoft) our Twitter contacts are just fine. We're not too sure what to make of that one.

To test it yourself, simply go to your contacts in the People Hub and see if you can find any Twitter-only friends. Or if you have linked accounts, try to see if they have their Twitter "What's New" option visible (like above). We've even tried delete and re-sync our Twitter account with no success.

Hopefully this is something that Microsoft LIVE and Twitter can fix on their end. We'll keep you posted. Meanwhile, feel free to commiserate in our forums to discuss the matter.

Update: From @winphonesupport "If you're not seeing your Twitter contacts in your People Hub, hang in there, we've got a team looking into it. Thanks everyone!"

Thanks, Martin and Jonathan, for the info

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Joe Marini, Windows Phone principle manager at Microsoft, was in the social media spotlight with three tweets that caught the eye of not only his followers, but news sites and readers all around. Geekwire reports that a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed the news this morning that Marini had left the company he'd joined in 2003, but failed to elaborate on the reasons why.

The first tweet of three in question Joe published was detailing that he was was using a Nokia Windows Phone handset. A fellow Twitter user asked him what he'd rate the device out of 10 and Joe answered with the second tweet, scoring the mysterious handset an 8 and praising the solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction. The last tweet posted by Joe was stating what he'd like to see improved, namely the screen size. 

Microsoft calls on its employees, according to its social media and blogging policy (PDF), to "be smart" and not to share any details that would otherwise be disclosed as confidential. Hopefully more information will be made available soon as to what the actual reasons for his departure were.

Source: Geekwire, via: TNW

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Although we know a lot of the big Twitter clients out there will be going "Mango" soon, Mehdoh is a completely new Twitter client from developer Chris Field that is Mango-ready out the gate. The app is in the final approval stages for the Marketplace now, meaning it should be showing up any day now.

Mehdoh is a fairly impressive v1.0 client. Featuring background checks for mentions (every 30 minutes), Toast Notifications, flipping live tile (shows your profile pic, along with number of mentions) and adherence to the Metro design, we're quite impressed with this minimalist, yet highly functional app.

In addition to the above, it features a "report spam" selection, conversation view, super smooth scrolling, fast app resume, reTweet with comment and the ability to view web links and images inline with the Tweet--something that is highly useful.

The app does take a little while to update, mostly because it pre-downloads a lot of data, however Chris is looking to tweak this and we can expect it to change upon final release or soon thereafter. Mehdoh will fetch for $0.99 upon release with a free trial. A free,  ad-supported version is planned, but not until a decent ad-service for Mango apps can be had in the UK. We recommend for the Mango users out there to give Mehdoh a look, as it's pretty sharp for a v1.0 release from an indy developer. Check out our video preview to get an idea of well it works.

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The HTC Titan and Twitter

Contrary to some speculation, the HTC Titan does have Twitter integration. A reader commented that they had heard the Titan would not have Twitter support.

This would be an odd situation seeing that Twitter integration is a feature of Windows Phone and not one of HTC. Just to be sure, we reached out to Jay Bennett, who is on site at the London unveiling, and he sent us this snapshot of the Titan's account set up screen.

While slightly out of focus, we can clearly see the option to set up your Twitter Account on the HTC Titan.  That would be Jay's finger in the photo.  I guess we can now say he's got a famous finger.

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Here's an interesting new video from Microsoft detailing the changes in Mango, specifically related to Twitter integration (as well as Facebook and LinkedIn). We know that there is a final or near final build of the Mango OS going around, namely 7710, which is probably the same version we reported on last week in regards to Twitter usage.

In the video, Stuart Bottom, Program Manager at the Communications Group on Windows Phone, goes over how Twitter will work, notifications, the "Me Tile" and more will all come together in the update. Finally we get to see how Twitter will look (very similar to the Facebook feed) as well as those ever important notifications.

What's really convenient is being able to see when someone has replied to a Tweet or posted on your Facebook wall, right on your Me tile, which should result in more efficient use of your time. In addition, filtering of those feeds to quickly find and see what you want is also a pretty brilliant idea.

By the looks of things lately, only a few more weeks till Mango starts rolling out. We couldn't be more excited. Check out the rest of Microsoft's tour videos of other features on their YouTube channel.

Source: YouTube (WindowsPhone); via LiveSide

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