Way back when the Mac world was still obsessing over Tweetie and we had heard word that Tweetie 2 was in development, MacHeist has promised its loyal customers that by buying their nanoBundle, they’d gain access to early beta access.
A lot happened since then. Loren got snatched up by Twitter themselves and suddenly we were all using an actual Twitter for Mac application (that was completely free, I might add). But what about the MacHeisters? Well, a mysterious email went out a few weeks after the release and by entering a small key combination and your license code, you could unlock a new menu of “secret experimental preferences and options and promised access to pre-release builds of Twitter for Mac.”
With the Mac App Store gaining credibility, popularity and applications by the thousands, Apple began to get wise to this backdoor and quickly put an end to it with the release of an update to Twitter’s Mac application.
Back when the backdoor still worked, some clever Mac users had figured out a way to activate some of these special features using Terminal, but what about now? With a single Terminal command, you can activate the entire “Secret” menu and have access to some really cool features that’ll make your Twitter app even more amazing.
Open up a new Terminal window and type (or better yet, copy and paste) the following:
defaults write com.twitter.twitter-mac DebugMode -bool true
Restart your Twitter app and head on over to the preferences page. You’ll now see a new menu of some sweet options including bound scrolling, typing anywhere to start a new tweet, classic mode, and my favorite - custom quote styles. It might not sound like a big deal, but by customizing quoted tweet styles, you can once again easily use the old style RT that many of us still know and love.
(Not sure where this workaround originated, but I first saw it here.)
President Barack Obama is holding the first-ever Twitter townhall meeting. People can tweet #AskObama and he’ll be answering the questions in a live webcast on July 6th.
BREAKING NEWS: This morning at 8:00 CET, an employee of the Bureau Of Secret Appsdelivered a highly classified package to Tapmates HQ. After the pyrotechnician, Petr, deemed the package to be safe, we opened it and it’s contents were unveiled. Multiple classified blueprints and source code for a new app, codenamed 004, have been discovered. Our intel says it will be deployed early 2011.
One of intelligence our agencies, Apple, has started the countdown for the official deployment of the Mac AppStore. It’s less then 90 days away.
Okay, honestly. Who creates a Twitter account to use it to find people that check in on Foursquare and then send them tweets about how they shouldn’t use it. Get bent.
Looks like development work on both Tweetie for Mac and the Twitter iPad client are underway. Hopefully the iPad version is released soon. It’s the missing piece of the puzzle in my opinion. I hate using Twitterrific.
Oh yes, I would love to follow you. I’m sure you will tell me great things about iPad. Maybe, you’ll even rock my world.
Fuckin twitter spam.
Twitter has just announced that it has acquired Atebits, the company behind the popular Tweetie iPhone app and Mac desktop application.
Tweetie’s creator, Loren Brichter, will be joining the Twitter team as well. The app will be renamed “Twitter for iPhone” and be made free in the next few weeks. Twitter CEO Evan Williams explained the move in a blog post:
“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world.”
Twitter also specifically mentions that an official Twitter iPad app is indeed coming: “Developers, services, and publishers will be able to leverage the Twitter iPhone and iPad applications to create additional innovative tools and integrations for users,” Williams said in today’s announcement.