Tame Update: Tweet editor, bundled retweets, and morewritten by Torsten
Dear users, this is your reward for all the feedback you gave us: from today, four new features are yours to explore and use with Tame!
In short: You can now send tweets from inside our application, manually load extra tweets for more search results, switch the interface language and view all retweets of a tweet bundled without having to scroll through them. And, by the way, we switched to the new Twitter API 1.1. That’s our biggest update since we launched the open beta, or as our front-end developer Matthias would say: “Major awesomeness is coming your way!” Any questions? Shoot: email@example.com
Now let’s dig deeper into the new features:
The tweet editor
You were missing a tool to send tweets packed with the interesting stuff that you find with Tame, so we included it. At the upper right corner you will find a button that will – once clicked – open the tweet editor. It comes with a little extra: enter any hashtag and soon after the ten most related hashtags will appear. Perfect for optimizing your tweets before sending them out.
Load extra tweets
Sometimes a thousand tweets is not enough to get a good impression of what’s going on on Twitter. When using our global search function, you can now load extra tweets for your analysis (if available from Twitter). Just wait until the loading has finished and a “load more” will appear underneath the search bar. Click it to grab another up to 1000 tweets and add the results to your current analysis.
Switch interface language
Lieber Deutsch? No problem, you can now switch the interface language from English to German. When clicking on your name in the upper right corner, the new option will now appear. This applies solely to the Tame interface – in order to restrict your search results to Tweets in specific languages, use Twitter’s language operator (e.g. lang:de) in your search query, as explained on our Help page.
All retweets of a tweet are bundled now, e.g. “Retweeted by @a, @b, @c, and 143 others” to see at one glance which tweet has been retweeted how often and by who. Unlike before, you don’t have to scroll through all the retweets when clicking a result but get the information handy and quickly. In addition, the tweets are now ordered by number of retweets within the given timeline or search; when scrolling through tweets, you will now see the most popular tweet first.
New Twitter API
We switched to the new Twitter API in order to be able to continue reliable functioning of Tame in the future, and make use of more data, such as for bundling Retweets.
For the techies out there: Twitter is deactivating it’s old API 1.0 soon, which means all third party applications (such as Tame) have to switch to the API version 1.1. This is a major change (which has been discussed extensively in the developer community) and not all applications might profit from it. According to our CTO Arno Dirlam, “while the query limitations for Twitter’s Search API used to be 10.000 per hour per IP, it has now been changed to 720 queries per hour per user. Apps with a lot of server power (and IPs) that analyse huge numbers of tweets without having many users are clearly disadvantaged. Tame, however, profits from a higher query volume in the future due to its growing user base. For Twitter, this makes sense – as they are looking to provide reliable service levels and reward apps that are popular among users (or willing to pay for elevated access).”
… and the journey continues
Today’s update will definitely not be the last one. On our mission to make the mess of content, news, and information on Social Media utilizable for everyone, we’re only just setting out. You, the beta-testers, are one of our most important partners in that – and we’re always happy for feedback, of any kind!
Thanks a lot for your support!
The Tazaldoo Team