When Tweet Nest exploded

And the future of the app.

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This is how it looked when Pongsocket pageviews (here shown per day in September) went through the roof as people went to search for new ways to archive their Twitter profiles.

The highest bar is around 5.5K, over 10 times as many as on a good day before the pageview explosion.

Remember the Twitter archive project I finished back in June? Tweet Nest? Yes? Well, a little over a week ago, 3 months after its release, word suddenly spread about it on Twitter. It happened quickly, and suddenly hundreds of people were checking it out, installing it on their own servers and generally having fun with it. This is a pretty awesome thing!

However, with the attention always comes new ideas, new questions and new problems. I will try to address the most common here.

FAQ

First off, I created a Frequently Asked Questions page for Tweet Nest, for (to start off with) the three questions I got most often. The ones that should have been addressed on the Tweet Nest page itself, but where I couldn’t find the space for it. If you’ve got a basic question, I wholeheartedly recommend you give it a look.

Forum

The Pongsocket Forum is in great shape at the moment. It’s recently been refurnished and beautified and it’s still the place to ask if you’ve got a question about Tweet Nest. Below, you can see some notable forum discussions that you might want to check out if your Tweet Nest installation has some issues:

The future

And with all of the new ideas and newfound bugs, it’s only right to look to the future and talk about what it has in store for Tweet Nest! I’m pretty caught up with other projects (not to mention the lovely university I’m attending), but it’s appropriate to look ahead and see what could happen.

Some oft-requested suggestions include:

  • Multiuser-support: It was indeed part of the original plan for TN to include support for multiple user accounts, but it quickly made it extra complicated at the time. However, it’s definitely something that makes sense, and hopefully we will see it at some point.
  • Favourites and mentions from other users: This gets suggested a lot, but contrary to the above, this is without a doubt something that is out of scope. Your Tweet Nest installation is about your tweets. When it comes to the favourites section, the idea of the Favourites page on Tweet Nest is that they are the best out of the ones in your archive. If you want, you can read me talk more about this here.
  • Support private accounts: An essential part of TN’s easy setup is that you don’t need to authenticate yourself to Twitter in any way — Tweet Nest gathers only data which is public anyway. That is, unless you have a private account. This adds some complications in that you have to authenticate, but clearly this needs to be supported. (Originally reported on GitHub.)

And that’s just a handful! Check out the forum for more ideas.

And perhaps best of it all, the good Ryan LeFevre (who works for TwitPic) have created his own fork of Tweet Nest where he rearranges the code into an MVC format and generally tightens things up. His efforts are much appreciated, and will definitely find its way into the next version of the app. His fork is very much worth watching to check out some of the new developments.

If you have your own ideas for Tweet Nest and the power to do something about it, this is the reason it’s open source! Fork it on GitHub and do something awesome with it, then tell me about it! Everybody wins!

Clearly a lot of cool stuff is going with Tweet Nest at the moment, and I couldn’t be more pleased that people are using it and enjoying it. Thanks for all of your support!

…and, if you’re tired of me talking about Tweet Nest, just wait, because soon I’ll have another (and still a secret) totally unrelated project I won’t be able to not talk about. Hoorah!

By the way, if you know of a community where I can share partial and teasing screen shots of future projects, maybe you can give me a poke. Did I mention it’s my birthday today? (No, really!)

9 comments

Krister Axel wrote at September 28th, 2010, 5:12 PM

Congratulations! Great news. TweetNest is a great product and has a bright future.

David wrote at September 28th, 2010, 9:35 PM

Happy Birthday!
And i really like Tweetnest. I am nosy what you will present us next. ;)

Julian Schrader wrote at September 29th, 2010, 3:46 PM

Happy Birthday!

I'm looking forward to the future of TweetNest and your new secret project :-)

Marie ALHOMME wrote at October 1st, 2010, 9:26 AM

Hi!
First, a belated but sincere happy birthday! :)

Second, a great big thanks for this app, which I installed yesterday on my server and managed to get working this morning (was having "too many requests" messages)…

It's just what I was looking for and will be, once customized, a very cool addition to my online portfolio.
That's mainly why I don't mind that it doesn't get your mentions and direct messages, although it would be a nice addition if you manage to do it in a "private" (as in "accessed only with login/pwd) area of the app in the future.

I have a few questions though, about the fork you mentionned: which version should I take, yours or the fork?
Now that everything is working on, is there any risk in remplacing it with the forked version (ie. db issues, etc)?
Should I wait for the fork to be reintegrated in the main version instead?

Thanks again and in advance for your answers,
I too can't wait to see your next project!

Marie (from France)
PS: do you plan on adding a paypal box on your tweetnest page? :)

Andy Graulund wrote at October 1st, 2010, 11:33 AM

I wouldn't recommend downloading the new fork at the moment as it's still under pretty heavy development.

When the fork is done, it'll indeed be reintegrated in the main version and upgrading should hopefully be painless.

Jan wrote at October 10th, 2010, 4:37 PM

Hi,

just wanted to thank you for this great piece of software. Well done!

I already modified and localized mine (see link) to match the rest of the site, but one thing I couldn't change is the predefined value of the searchbox. Perhaps someone can help me out …

Anyway. Great Tool. Thanks a lot.

btw: I was lookink for the paypal button, too ;)

Stacy wrote at October 10th, 2010, 6:32 PM

Hi,

I think this script is amazing, I can't wait to install it. I did run into some minor set backs when I was trying to install it. I have all the required fields that are need for it to work, but the only difference that I have is that my server runs on lite speed instead of apache. I was wondering if there's a way to have it work on lite speed as well.

I get to the setup page, I put in all the right information, but when I hit submit it just goes to a blank page. I'm guessing it's because I'm on lite speed rather than apache, because my php is 5.3.3 and my MySQL is up-to-date as well.

Andy I was wondering if you had any thoughts on this or a way I can get your software working on lite speed?

Thank you for your time,
Stacy

Ragnar Karlsson wrote at November 7th, 2010, 12:47 AM

"By the way, if you know of a community where I can share partial and teasing screen shots of future projects, maybe you can give me a poke."

You might want to take a look at http://dribbble.com/ for that

testbeta wrote at December 10th, 2010, 2:08 AM

thanks buddy i have been using tweetnest for a long time now it's a great tool, i love it thanks again

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