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MTVGreece widgets!

I’ve build 2 widgets for Mtv Greece but I didn’t had the time to blog about them so far..
The first one is for my beloved Twitter and the other one is for music.

The twitter widget looks like this:

(you can click on the image to see it)

Special thanks to Paulius Uza for his help on this and especially for the server side which caches the tweets so we don’t have to mess with Twitter’s API limitations.

The radio widget looks like this:

(you can click on the image to see it)

It streams Live Radio from Mtv Greece through Akamai.
On this one I use Ben Stucki’s amazing audio visualizer.

On the demo below the widget plays an mp3 which is located on my server.  The reasons for this are two. The 1st one is because I have no idea if I am allowed to and the 2nd is because I wanted to present the widget on this post as it was originally ment to be. Unfortunately on the live version of this widget, which you can see on MTVGreece.gr, the visualizer is turned off because I get this security violation error. I guess this is because Ben is using the computeSpectrum to read the audio (and create the beautiful visuals) and since this is stream I probably need a crossdomain policy file (right?).

I have to make another post some time for the Akamai Stream – Flash Player communication because there is not much information out there..

Anyway you can click on the visualizer to change mode, all credits for this goes to the man, Ben Stucki and if any error occurs you can blame me. 🙂
Thanks a lot for sharing your beautiful work Ben.

Oh did I mention that both of them are pure AS3?
Ok both of them are pure AS3 projects!

Twitter Client

It’s been almost 2 years ago when Apollo (currently known as Adobe Air) was in alpha version and Adobe organized the 1st ever Apollo Camp in Macromedia’s headquarters in Townsend St in San Francisco. Danny Dura built an amazing Air app back then called Apollo Camp and he put it on a huge monitor for the people there to enjoy tweets from the community. This is when I first felt the need to learn more about this Twitter think.

Here you can see the app and his creator from a photo of Mike Downey:
Danny Dura admires his Twitter app built with Apollo

Since then my addiction to twitter is so HUGE that the 1st thing I do every morning is read my tweets. If there is a lot of work to do and I have to skip the tweets of friends for a few hours (of course this is not the case for DM and @replies) the whole day is bad. You have to accept the fact that I LOVE TWITTER!

From that time I used a lot of twitter clients -as I remember all of them where/is Air apps- to get access to this new hot addiction. Someday TweetDeck came out and I’ve finally found the one and only desktop app that will serve my needs. TweetDeck is the best twitter client out there and if I had to use another one, the only decent client is called DestroyTweeter (yes yes by the guy that DestroyFlickr too!). The reason that Im not using this as my desktop client is because I love the way TweetDeck organizes my tweets because I cannot pay attention to it all the time so with TweetDeck I make sure I don’t lose any important DM or @reply.

Then the iPhone came in to my life and since the day one I was in search of a good twitter client. I used Twitteriffic for locating immediately any replies or DM tweets but then I switched to Safari to read all my friends’ tweets and open possible links.

But thanks to Mike Downey I’ve finally found the perfect Twitter client for the iPhone too. The name of the app is Tweetie. The price of the apps is 2,39 euros but I wouldn’t mind pay more for such an app.

The UI of this app is really slick and simple. The main buttons that you get when you authorize your twitter account are: Tweets, Replies, Messages (this is for Private msgs that you SENT and you GOT), Favorites and More where you can get information about Your Profile, about another user, Tweets posted near you (!), Trends and YES you can also search on Twitter too!

In Tweets section your tweets are colored green and the RTs blue. The tweets are presented in a nice iChat/SMS way that makes it so easy to read and not get lost in case your hand moves (while you are on a train for example).

Another interesting feature is that  you can click on each tweet and read it separately because it animates and clears the screen. From that point you can read of course the tweet it self, learn the client that the user used to tweet, date and info about the user that post it.

The app is so awesome that from that point you can RT what you are reading or even create an email to this specific tweet! You can also favorite it or delete it in order to not be presented in your main tweets.

If you click on the user you get a full list of options related to this user and the connection he/she has with you. For example you can STOP FOLLOWING him, sent him a public or direct tweet, read his latest tweets, see his/her following list or his/her followers.

What else can you ask for, right?

Well I was really happy with this app but the real reason that made me blog about it is this:

As for the last 3 Apple events-announcements, today my ISP decided to not give me access to the net so I read the tweets that my friends post since last night from Tweetie and I notice something amazing.

When you first fire up Tweetie the app loads the last 20 tweets available to your account and it gives you a button in the end with a label “Load more…”

While you keep hitting the load more button you get more and more tweets in the app. The amazing think thought is that while the app loads older tweets it doesn’t refresh the above tweets (that you have already read) so you don’t lose focus on the latest tweet. So there might be new tweets for you to read but they don’t load until you refresh it. THIS IS SO FANTASTIC!

This is the only reason that every morning I read all my last night tweets from the browser and then I switch to TweetDeck (while on the mac). I really wish TweetDeck could implement something like that. It is very annoying to read many many tweets and suddenly to lose focus because a new tweet just arrived on the app.

If there is one more think to ask from Tweetie is to save the text that I just typed but I didnt managed to Send because someone just called me on the iPhone. But even with this all I can say to Atebits (sorry but I cant find the name of the guy that wrote this diamond) is a huge THANK YOU!

The app just ROCKS!

Saving {my} twitter..

Hello there!

I have enabled the “protected” setting on my twitter account. Let me explain why..

First of all if you are a VERY positive person you can assume that I am trying to save twitter and skip the rest of this post.. 🙂 If not here is my main reason:

It wasn’t a lot of time ago when I started using twitter, facebook, youTube and all of this fancy apps that (unfortunately) a lot of people thing that this is the internet..

Before that I used to have a Flickr account and I only uploaded photos that I liked, without including photos with me or other people. Then, when the Apollo Camp was getting ready to start I discover twitter and I loved it from the very 1st minute. I have never used chat, but twitter was a nice way to keep in touch with the Flesh (Flash/Flex) community and it didn’t looked like another chat thing. Then I thought that I could use all the other “web sites” to read interesting stuff and keep in touch with all these guys that are related to the lovely Flash Platform. I opened up a youTube account (I already had one that has more views than my “official” but without my name on it)  and I did an account on Facebook and on other “sites”. Right now I kinda hate FaceBook and I don’t use it that much (what’s to use for??). From all of this apps my favorite is by far Twitter (just to answer on PolyGeek’s poll). That’s because I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY, it’s the 1st thing I do after I boot (analogically AND digitally). It’s a way for me to feel more closed to all these wonderful people, Adobes or not and why not, have some help or give some help too if I can. The last days for example I had a lot of help from Cyril and Dan and I thank them a lot!

Just because I use it everyday it is obvious that sometimes I tweet things that I might don’t want to be available to the public timeline (Flex doesn’t have a timeline) and especially to search engines (Google please leave my twitter account and try to use Adobe’s help for swf indexing).

That’s why I protect my tweets from now on. If I don’t allow you to follow me it’s not because I have something against you or I feel something like “persona”, it’s just that twitter is a way for me to keep in touch with people related to my hobby(and my job), people that I might don’t even have met before but it is interesting to talk to (yes, again, people related to the platform). If you are one of them then blame twitter and DEFINITELY sent and me a request!

I still have a lot of public profiles like Flickr, FaceBook, youTube bla bla and I won’t bother making them “private”. All I am doing is keeping my twitter account clean and by clean I mean things that I find interesting. It just doesn’t feel right (to me) to allow my updates to being shown to people that I don’t follow (but they do) especially those with “bad ratio” or people that I DO follow but their updates are just spam for me (sorry for the expression but if you have understood the reason for opening an account on twitter I am sure you will get it). Finally, for the last few days I got one more person, with bad “ratio”, that follows me after every single tweet I make..  

There are a lot of people that I do follow and they don’t bother following me back but that’s ok since it’s their account and they can do everything they want. If they decide to go private and don’t allow me to read their tweets (like Keith Peters who I admire), of course that will be sad for me but that’s their call (and if they had a non protected account in the past while you were following them you can keep reading their tweets with twhirl – This is NOT official, it just happens for me).

Again sorry for not following back to you.