When we first launched Digsby, Twitter was not nearly as dynamic as it is today. It has grown to become more than just a place for you to say what you’re doing. When you reply to a tweet, you aren’t just commenting on an isolated newsfeed item – you’re participating in an ongoing global conversation. We feel that most other Twitter clients don’t reflect this in their design.
Today, we are embracing this shift with a completely redesigned Twitter implementation in Digsby that is unlike any Twitter client you’ve seen. Our goal is to make Twitter feel less like a timeline and more like a conversation. Highlights include:
- Single column user interface that doesn’t take up your whole screen
- Tweets are shown in chronological order so you read the conversation as it happens instead of seeing the tail end first and reading it backwards
- Digsby keeps track of unread counts but you never have to mark tweets as read. Digsby does it for you automatically
- Whenever you open the Twitter window, Digsby brings you right where you left off so you can continue reading the conversation without missing a tweet
- Conquer information overload by filtering groups of users out of the main timeline so it is the most useful view and not the most cluttered
- Snapshot view of recent tweets is still available in the Infobox along with the added ability to reply and retweet right inline
- Reply and Retweet right from popup notifications so you can stay on task and stay in the loop
- Automatic URL shortening when you paste links and automatic photo uploading when you paste pictures or screenshots
We will be showing off the new functionality at DEMOfall09 later today. You can watch the live demo at 9:50AM PST / 12:50PM EST – http://demo.com/
The rules of DEMO state that we need to make our public debut at the conference. That means we couldn’t alpha test the Twitter implementation as much as we usually test releases so expect a few bugs. We’ll work diligently over the next couple weeks to iron out all the bumps and make it into the solid product you’ve come to expect!
If you run into any trouble, use Help > Send Bug Report to submit a diagnostic log and include steps on how to consistently reproduce the bug whenever possible.
Let us know what you think in the comments and spread the word!
Update 1 (9/22/2009 9:30pm PST): We are working on fixing a crash that happens on older AMD and Pentium 3 processors. We’ll push out an auto-update as soon as it is fixed. Also, thank you all for the wonderful feedback about usability. We want to make Digsby the best Twitter client in the world and we’ll start making iterations to tweak the things we got wrong and build on the things we got right! Keep the feedback coming and please let us know how it feels after using it for a day or so.
Update 2 (9/23/2009 8:30am PST): We are working fixing two login issues. First, if you are trying to log in with your email address instead of your username that will fail. If you change it to log in with your username this will bypass the issue. Second, if you have special characters in your password, it will fail. Changing your password temporarily while we fix this will bypass the issue.
Update 3 (9/23/2009 2:55pm PST): Thank you to everyone for the wonderful feedback. We just push the first update to the new Twitter implementation with the following changes:
- Fixed an issue that caused Digsby to crash for people running old AMD and Pentium 3 processors
- Fixed a bug that caused users to get “Failed to Connect” when logging in with their email address in stead of their username
- Fixed a bug that caused users to get “Failed to Connect” if they had special characters in their passwords
- Brought back some old functionality to the infobox like seeing your most recent tweet and the ability to tweet from it
- Added ability to hide unread counts in infobox and tray icon so if you don’t use the full featured “IM Window Style” interface, they don’t get in your way (Click “Hide” in the infobox next to the Alerts section)
- As you scroll down in the infobox it will add more tweets to the end so you can see your entire timeline instead of just 20 items
- Added “Mark All As Read” and “New Tweet” menu items to the right click menu
- “Ctrl + C” now works in the “IM Window Style” view
- Added some contrast to the bottom of the “IM Window Style” interface so the input area where you tweet from becomes more prominent