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Seesmic Web update: awesome feedback

Awesome feedback from our first users of our new Seesmic Web and from many tech bloggers from TechCrunch, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, WebWare, NewSome, HuffingtonPost and LeCarnetTechno (apologies if I missed some)

MG Siegler in TechCrunch Seesmic Web Perfects The Management Of Twitter Followers

“Do you follow more than 100 people on Twitter? If so, have you ever tried to manage them on Twitter.com? If you want to remove some people you followed years ago, it’s a huge pain. Seesmic has just made a much better way.

The new Seesmic Web app, launching today, brings with it a new main tab: Contacts. As you can guess, this is a contact manager for Twitter that makes pruning your Twitter contacts a breeze”

Barb Dybwad in Mashable Seesmic Web App Now Does Threaded Twitter Conversations

“We had a chance to check out the new features and are especially excited about the conversational threads feature. Pictured below, the new option aggregates Twitter conversations into a pop-up chronological view of @replies that transpired during the Twitter exchange between you and user user(s). It’s a great way to pull in a cohesive view of a Twitter conversation”

Frederic Lardinois in ReadWriteWeb With New Features, Seesmic Web Blurs the Line between Web & Desktop Twitter clients

“Overall, the experience of using Seesmic Web comes very close to using a desktop client. There are a few features that are still missing in the web version (resizable columns, for example), but otherwise, Seesmic Web is a very good replacement for a desktop Twitter client.

Using a web-based client brings a number of advantages with it, including the absence of any Twitter rate limits. If you like the Seesmic interface give it a try in a site-specific browser like Fluidon the Mac or Mozilla’s Prism.”

Rafe Needleman in CNET News Webware New Seesmic Web out-features Seesmic Desktop

“Seesmic Web is a very attractive, highly functional, and very fluid Twitter client, even stacked up against pure downloadable apps. It’s worth taking for a spin.”

Kent Newsome in Newsome.Org Seesmic Web Makes Good Twitter

“I was way late to the party, but have been using and enjoying Seesmic Web for the past few weeks.  It takes the chaos and user-unfriendliness that is the native Twitter web site, and makes it darn near usable.”

Bianca Bosker in Huffington Post Seesmic Web App Update Includes Threaded Conversations, Contact Manager

Bruno Guglielminetti LeCarnetTechno Seesmic facilite l’usage de Twitter sur le Web

More On Seesmic’s Vision of Programmable Twitter clients

I announced during Ray Ozzie’s keynote at the Microsoft PDC that Seesmic is building a programmable Twitter client so I am glad that Dave Winer likes this idea too and might be interested in building the first features. In fact it is the main reason why we decided to entirely re-write Seesmic Desktop in native Windows code, building a plugin architecture in a Twitter client was just impossible, right now, with Adobe Air.

Seesmic for Windows is ready to become a programmable client and Windows allows us to do it in a secure way. We are hoping that it becomes a development platform such as Firefox and its very successful plugins.  

Dave gives an interesting example of a feature he would like that would probably not get built in a client like Seesmic otherwise:

“for example, it’s been about two years since I first asked for an “unfollow-with-timeout.”

Use-case: Someone is live-tweeting a conference I don’t care about and hogging up all my bandwidth. I want to unfollow them for just a day. Now I don’t think the client guys are going to implement this anytime soon, but it’s the kind of feature a few hundred people would kill for.”

We have received hundreds of mails from developers who would like to build features or their services integrated in Seesmic clients and we are building the platform to let them do that. In fact we have already started asking our users what services they would like to see integrated on Seesmic and vote for the most popular ones.

Integrating outside services should become the most popular way to program Seesmic clients and it is definitely the way the industry is going since we see new vertical applications such as stock twits (which even launched its own client) or very targeted directories such as vc maven for venture capitalists on Twitter, giantredcarpet for celebrities and many more. Stock Twits should not have to build its own client, our vision is to make Seesmic flexible enough that other services can just use it as a platform.

Another example are the social software themselves. From non US social software to corporate twitter solutions such as the new salesforce chatter or Yammer. In the last months, Yahoo, MySpace, LinkedIn and Six Apart with Typepad Micro have all launched their status update service, we believe all social software services in the world will have one and we simply cannot support them all ourselves, so the Seesmic Platform will also allow them to build their own service into Seesmic.

This is precisely what we are working on and many developers are already getting ready to write the first plugins.

We are aiming at making our clients a platform not only on Windows but also on the web and have already started experimenting with two partners deeply integrated already in Seesmic web, Tweetmeme and MrTweet. Tweetmeme will provide the number of retweets, page and picture previews in the next release of Seesmic Web while MrTweet already adds more info to Twitter profiles in Seesmic web, such as how frequently someone tweets for example.

We are experimenting with a few developers right now but are aiming at making Seesmic Web’s user base growth available to all developers very soon

We are not ready to announce the details on the language and how to build for Seesmic for Windows and Seesmic Web yet as we are actively working on it, but we will as soon as we are ready.

In the meantime, please let us know what services you would like to be integrated and if you are a developer what plugins you would be interested in building (use comments below and also make sure you join teamseesmic to get the latest news) so that we get our platform ready to support as many as possible. Thanks in advance for your feedback and your patience while we build seesmic platform, but we’re on the case.

update: please leave also your feedback for Seesmic for Windows and Seesmic web on the dedicated pages that could also give us and developers ideas. Thanks.

New features and languages on Seesmic web

We’ve added additional languages Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil) and Spanish in addition to English, German, Chinese and Romanian.
New also posting bar, reply to all feature and MrTweet partnership. More very soon!

Launch of Seesmic Desktop 0.4 and in-browser Seesmic Web

We are thrilled to announce two new products today, Seesmic Desktop 0.4 (small screen realestate mode, memory and CPU optimized, resize columns) and Seesmic web based in preview mode. I could explain you in details what it is all about but I would rather point you to a few posts we already saw about it and two videos: an HQ video we created showing both apps as well as my demo at the #crunchup. Full release notes coming soon I will update this post.

TechCrunch: Seesmic’s Browser Client is like Gmail for Twitter
Mashable: Twitter Everywhere: Seesmic Launches Web App, Plans Mobile Version
ReadWriteWeb: Seesmic launches web-based Twitter client & new version of Seesmic Desktop

and here is my demo at the #crunchup

Here are the full release notes for 0.4

Single Column and Multi-Column Mode

You now have two additional options to view Seesmic Desktop. Our previous version provided a combined fixed column with the ability to detach the columns as a way to manage your stream. In single column mode, you can keep your stream compact and use the sidebar to toggle between accounts, userlists and searches. With the all columns detached mode, you can freely view and control all of your columns in one window. With all three options, you can conveniently navigate your stream any way you want.

Enabling and Setting Fixed Width for Columns

With both the combined fixed/detached column mode and the all columns detached mode, you can now control the width of the detached columns. By setting and controlling a fixed width, you control over your own experience when managing your columns.

Collapsing and Expanding the Sidebar

We’ve also added a button to collapse and expand the sidebar to improve the user experience of being able to view and manage your stream. With the sidebar in collapsed mode, you can still view minimized buttons with tooltips to toggle between accounts, userlists and searches. This function is available in all three column modes.

Updated API usage controls, Added Options for Timeline Limits and Improved Optimizations for Performance

We understand the resource-intensive nature of client desktop applications. As such, we’ve made significant internal and external performance improvements, as well as give you more control in the resource management for your stream. Along with internal improvements, we’ve modified the Twitter API usage per account to accommodate the recent changes from Twitter, and updated the usage control to percentages (%) of allowed requests. You can also set timeline limits in Seesmic Desktop to help control performance. These limits define the maximum number of messages kept in each of your timelines from your friends; replies, private and sent; and searches.

Continued UI modifications, enhancements and fixes include:
* A new search to open when clicking on a hashtag (#) link.
* Mobypicture.com added as add-on authenticated service
* Ensuring links with # appear in seesmic desktop  
* Send messages to twitter will now be as “Seesmic”
* Various logic improvements for account and messaging actions * and many other additional fixes

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Facebook Just Landed in Seesmic Desktop

What a week-end! It starts with Ashton Kutcher say “this facebook version is a social networking Dream. Love that you can jump directly to someones individual page. wow” then with Brad Stone in the New York Times “Tinker Away, Facebook Says”. I cannot describe how excited I am and we just pushed the Facebook integration in Seesmic Desktop that we presented at Facebook HQ this week. It is still an early build, for interaction we have likes in it but Facebook comments not quite yet, we want to get it right. Here is the changelog:

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The following changes to this version are included:
* Facebook Integration with new full Open Stream API support
* Following and Unfollowing Twitter users
* Fonts enlarged by 1 point.
* Updated user interface for easier viewing
* Ability to “Favorite” tweets and “Like” Facebook posts
* Allowing to rename the account from the configuration window
* Clearing the timeline from a “USERLIST” with the “CLEAR” button
* Various bug fixes (for Mac and Windows) thanks to your huge feedback
– Bug fixes include:
-webcam snapshot tool when opening
-ensuring userlists and searches are saved
-correcting various actions when Seesmic Desktop window is closed and reopened
-various validation messages (url validation for short url, credential validation to share images)
It’s a maintenance release, we’re continuing to roll out and focus on new basic features.

Here is the video of our presentation at Facebook HQ with Mark Zuckerberg, Dave Morin and many developers and press

and the dream tweet thanks Ashton!
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Seesmic Desktop Gets Full Facebook Open Stream API Support

After the launch of Seesmic for Facebook a weeks days ago, Seesmic Desktop will have in a few days full new Facebook Open Stream API support that Facebook just announced, add your name and email on the Seesmic Desktop page to join our “Team Seesmic” preview group get it as soon as we make it available for testing.

-this new release of Seesmic Desktop supports the full new Facebook Open Stream API with not only status updates but all its content (pics, links, videos, likes and comments)

-Facebook integrates as a new account in our interface that already supports multiple Twitter accounts with a new, Facebook only column and account type

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-You can now have side by side your full Facebook stream and Twitter stream

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-our home timeline provides a combined feed of both Facebook + Twitter accounts

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Seesmic Desktop brings you in one single space, all your community sharing and receiving activity. Seesmic Desktop is only at a preview stage but already used by tens of thousands of users who help us build it with their feedback.

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Dailymile adds Seesmic video recording and playing using our API

The super cool running and fitness social software dailymile that I am using to record my runs see my profile (I know it has been a while I have not run but with all this traveling…) has just added video recording using our seesmic recording API.

Now dailymile members can record a video inline without ever leaving dailymile see below how it works, it is the second site with ping.fm to make such a nice integration of our Seesmic recording API.

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and it posts directely to their friends.

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Welcome to Al Jazeera on Seesmic

After the BBC, the Washington Post and many other media, welcome to Al Jazeera on Seesmic and I hope Seesmic will contribute dialog and a worldwide talk show that anybody can participate to.

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