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October 19, 2010

LOLapps Unblocked From Facebook After 2-Day Hiatus, Privacy Issues Resolved

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LOLappsLOLapps, one of the larger and more popular Facebook app creators was blocked from Facebook two days ago after it was determined that their programs were sending private user data to advertisers, now two days after the block Facebook has reinstated the provider.

Facebook and LOLapps have both come forward and admitted that most user data leaks were accidental and that developers in violation of such issues, including Zynga (maker of FarmVille and MafiaWars), have taken the necessary steps to be placed back on the company’s network.

LOLapps CEO Arjun Sethi posted the following message on his companies blog:

“When we were informed of the issue the relationship that put us into this category was immediately dissolved.”

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September 3, 2010

Twitter Reaches 125 Million Users, 300 Thousand Apps

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Evan WilliamsTwitter may be a simple 140 character micro-blogging service, but apparently 145 million users (or at least accounts) can’t get enough of the service, using 300,000 various 3rd party apps to connect with friends, family, business partners and random strangers from across the web. Those are the official numbers released this week by company CEO Evan Williams.

As any follower of Twitter knows, of those 300,000 apps, Twitter has purchased quite a few third-party developed programs of there own, Evan justified those purchases by stating:

“We did iPhone user tests and confirmed that even though there was a plethora of third-party Twitter apps, people were having trouble finding and selecting one because none were called “Twitter.” This kept them from using Twitter at all. For this reason, we acquired Tweetie and turned it into Twitter for iPhone, complete with a new user sign-up experience.

We quickly understood that we were doing users a disservice by not having a great client on each of the major mobile platforms. So, we took a similar approach with Twitter for BlackBerry (developed by RIM) and Twitter for Android, which launched a new version this week.” read more

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August 19, 2010

Disqus Goes Mobile, Launching iPhone And Android Apps

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Disqus, a company who is known by some for perfecting the art of blog comments has updated their commenting interface in order to make it friendlier for mobile devices.

While the new interface makes commenting through a smartphone almost as easy as through a notebook, Disqus has announced grander plans for users with iPhone or Android OS devices.

The new improved Disqus neocortex has the ability to identify whether you’re browsing on a desktop or mobile device. For our publishers with mobile sites, this activates a new attractive, clutter free, optimized theme for mobility.

This new theme is made possible with a new theming architecture behind the scenes. It’s a hint to some of the very cool things we’re going to be doing with new themes on Disqus. […]

For you website-runners, we’re getting ready to roll out mobile tools to help maintain your community on the go. Think iPhone and Android apps. More on that soon! (Official Disqus Blog)

While the company has not hinted on whether they will create an iPad app (or even an app for Blackberry and Palm Pre fans), this news probably means the end of DisqusPro, who offered users a way to moderate their threads via iPhone.

Previously Disqus has been heavily courting Blogspot users, as well as challenging WordPress’s Intense Debate by launching a Gravatar like button (which mimics WP.com’s version).

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August 6, 2010

WordPress Seeks Mobile Domination, Upgrading iPhone, Android And Blackberry Apps

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It looks like the mobile blogging wars are about to heat up with Automattic (the company behind WordPress) announcing plans on upgrading all of their smartphone apps upon Android, Blackberry and (finally!) the iPhone.

Great news: We’re putting the finishing touches on the 2.6 release of WordPress for iOS! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got even more good news.

First, we’re creating our own Beta Team for the WordPress for iOS project. Members of the Beta Team will be able to test releases before we submit them to the App Store and report back on their experiences. This will help us catch and fix bugs proactively, rather than having to publish bugfix releases after the fact. (Official iOS for WordPress Blog)

Automattic has also posted similar announcements upon their official Android and Blackberry blogs (the latter which should please WordPress fans planning on buying a Blackberry Torch smartphone in the near future).

Despite the fact that WordPress already dominates the blogging scene on the Blackberry as well as Android devices, the company has been surpassed by rivals like LiveJournal, who recently resurrected their iPhone app in a bid to challenge WordPress on the iDevice.

With more companies planning on launching official apps for Blackberry, iOS and Android (or updating the ones currently listed in the respective app stores), it will be interesting to see if WordPress can maintain its lead against challengers in the future.

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June 1, 2010

11 Blogging Apps Needed For Android, Blackberry And iPhone

After Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone app store many moons ago, Six Apart kicked off the mobile blogging revolution by launching Typepad on the iPhone.

Since then several companies have launched official blogging apps upon not only the iPhone, but for Blackberry and Android devices as well.

Despite the advances of the respective smartphone OS’s, there is still a great need for either official or third party apps on some of these devices, especially outside of the iUniverse (note: you hear that Squarespace?!)

So if you are a mobile developer looking for the next project or a user wondering if your blog is supported, here is a list of needed apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices. read more

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May 6, 2010

Watchout WordPress! Google To Add Blogger To Google Apps

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After receiving numerous requests from clients, it looks as if the search engine king will be adding Blogger to Google Apps suite (which is used primarily by businesses and schools around the world).

9 of the top 20 requests from Google Apps customers are for their accounts to work with more services from Google, not just for the core suite of messaging and collaboration applications. Later this year we’ll dramatically accelerate customer access to innovation, and give users the convenience of using any Google service allowed by their administrator from a single account affiliated with their organization.

For example, coworkers will be able to publish their organization’s blog on Blogger, share project images with Picasa Web Albums, track industry news in Google Reader, advertise online with AdWords and much more, all without switching back and forth between multiple accounts. (Official Google Enterprise Blog) read more

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May 4, 2010

Tweet Wars (A New Hope): 3 Ways Developers Can Defeat The Official Twitter Apps

A long, long time ago in a place not so far away Twitter was born. It was a golden age, full of text messages, retweets and #followfridays. But despite the simplistic and innovative breakthrough, chaos reigned in the mobile twitterverse.

In an attempt to help restore order, Jedi developer masters like Twittelator, Tweetie, Echofon and SimplyTweet emerged, helping to restore balance to the tweet.

For over a 1,000 geek generations, tweet developers were the guardians of twitter lists and hashtags. Before tweetageddon, and before Twitter bought Tweetie.

Flash forward to the present and developers are facing a nightmare. With Twitter HQ launching mobile apps upon Android and Blackberry (in order to help expand their growing empire), developers have to choose either extinction, or to embrace the dark side by embracing Facebook. read more

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April 26, 2010

3 Twitter Apps That Will Survive Tweetageddon (aka Post Tweetie Acquisition)

Now that the anguish and developer drama around Twitter’s buyout of Tweetie (plus the launch of  an “official” Blackberry app) is behind us, some are probably wondering which Twitter apps will survive in the world of mobile.

While an official app does not mean the end of third party developers (as BlogPress has survived despite the launch of an official WordPress and Typepad app), most twitter apps will probably become extinct by the end of the year–unless they can find a way to “out innovate” Twitter.

Although there are dozens (if not hundreds) of Twitter apps upon the iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices (the latter which Twitter also plans on invading), here are four twitter apps that will probably survive Tweetageddon. read more

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April 10, 2010

Twitter Buys Tweetie, Kills Off Third Party Apps (For iPhone And iPad)

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Right after giving their blessing upon the official Blackberry Twitter app (made by RIM), Twitter now has decided to buy Tweetie from AteBits, and releasing it to the masses for free.

Careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they’re not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.

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. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help. (Official Twitter Blog)

Although this is great news for AteBits (whose founder is ecstatic right now), this is horrible news for numerous third party developers (like Echofon, Twittelator, SimplyTweet, and TweetDeck) who may have to join the ranks of the gloriously unemployed in the semi-near future. read more

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November 25, 2009

So You Want To Blog From Your iPhone? Here Are 7 Must Have Apps

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Regardless of whether you are a web designer, journalist or “Joe the Plumber” (note: I say that in love), your tools can define whether you succeed or not on your job.

The same is true for blogging, as having the proper software can help determine the difference between success and failure–or at least separate the pro bloggers from the rest of the noisy crowd.

But when it comes to the iPhone, there are a few apps that I have found that every serious iBlogging pro should have, regardless of what blogging platform you have (at least for the most part). read more