Minor Wrist Tweets Update (v0.95) and a Minor Rant

I’ve just pushed out a minor update of Wrist Tweets.

Twitter has deprecated version 1.0 of their API, and all Twitter clients must now use version 1.1, so I’ve updated Wrist Tweets accordingly (courtesy of JTwitter v2.8.1).

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I hate Twitter. They should have become a decentralized open protocol by now (like the oldest killer app of the Internet, good ol’ email), but they continue to be asshats and rather than work toward the obvious end game for short messaging, they are working to further centralize and kill third party Twitter clients. It was uncanny really – literally days after the first release of Wrist Tweets, Ryan Sarver, Twitter’s Platform Director, told developers to stop making third party Twitter clients that “mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience”. Even though Wrist Tweets isn’t really a client that mimics the ‘mainstream Twitter experience’ (it only receives tweets, and doesn’t send them for starters), I would have never started developing it if I’d known Twitter was going to start moving toward becoming a walled garden. Still, I’m happy this little plugin has helped people get more out of their LiveView devices (including me !), and I’m committed to keeping it working for the foreseeable future, as long as Twitter allows that to be possible.

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Wrist Tweets – a Twitter notifier for the Sony LiveView

Some gadget fetishism got the better of me recently, and I decided to pick up a Sony LiveView. It’s like a watch (“microdisplay”) that syncs with your Android phone via Bluetooth and can provide notifications, remotely control the music player etc. Although it has it’s frustrating moments, it’s fun little device, and I like the simple clean design.

Wrist Tweets screenshot

It comes with a bunch of handy default notification plugins: text messages, missed calls, calendar notifications, Facebook status update notifications, RSS feeds etc. There is also a Twitter plugin provided by Sony, but I felt it was a little substandard and didn’t really meet my needs. So, I decided to write Wrist Tweets – my own personal version of what the stock LiveView Twitter plugin should have been.

Wrist Tweet supports:

  • Timeline notifications
  • Mention/@reply notifications
  • Direct message notifications
  • Opening the first URL in a tweet on your phone
  • Authentication via OAuth – no locally stored password
  • A choice of sensible update frequencies, from 1 minute up to 6 hours
  • Notifications of tweets on a Twitter “list”

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