Sunday, 20 July 2008

Changes to Twitter support

As you may be aware, Twitter have now introduced per-IP limits on their API (Louis Gray has the details), this affects us in a number of ways.

Previously you were able to add Twitter as a network without giving your password to us (and this was the only option for a little while), however, this is now no longer possible due to this change in the Twitter API. Twitter will now will require authentication before you can use it. Currently the only method of authentication for Twitter is a password (Twitter say they are working on supporting oAuth in future).

We now fetch all Twitter information using your username/password and this counts against your per-user limit of 100/requests per hour (currently) and this limit is shared with other sites that also take your Twitter username and password.

We are looking at ways we can enable users to follow a handful of users if you don't have a Twitter account.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Tags and Notes

Have you ever been reading your stream and you are thinking, who is this person? I don't remember adding them. Or you want to just see people who work for a particular organisation or certain group of friends.

Well, we have a solution to this, with the new tags and notes features. You can add tags to each of your friends and write notes so you can remember how you met them or came across them (or use it for whatever you want!)

You can do this from with in the stream by clicking on pencil icon, next to their picture:

You can filter the stream by one or more tags. You can also tag someone from their 'edit' page (for example when you first add them) and you can filter the friend's list by tags.

We have also introduced tabs into some more areas of the site including the stream as you see in the screen shot.

Tell us what you think about these features at