I’ve just finished designing a website, and I used a ton of CSS: everything from laying out my content, to styling elements like the headings. Then, Twitter released Bootstrap, and I’m pretty disappointed I didn’t delay starting to design it.
Say you’re a web designer new to the scene and don’t know all the ropes. Bootstrap from Twitter is aimed at providing a bunch of really useful CSS classes and IDs in a single library that’s simple to use, removing a lot of the load of designing a website from scratch. Bootstrap is a package, and includes a ton of user interface elements styled to be usable in any web app, or site.
Google+ may have gotten all of the publicity this past month, but for most of us, Twitter has continued to be the social network we check most. That’s good news for the Twitter team, which just raised another mammoth amount of funding, but it’s also good for the hundreds of other teams working on products that rely on the Twitter ecosystem.
Today we’ve got an exclusive interview with the guys behind Buffer, a popular tool to schedule your Tweets for the time they’ll be most effective. Keep reading to hear their thoughts on web app development, the Twitter ecosystem, and their new HQ-in-progress in San Francisco.
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting Clicktotweet.me. The developer describes Clicktotweet.me as a tool that allows individuals and businesses to gain insight on their own Twitter campaigns. Using Clicktotweet.me, one can enter a message they want others to tweet out, generate a Clicktotweet.me link, and share it anywhere. Stats are provided for the link such as demographics, click count, and the number of people that actually tweeted the message. It’s a great marketing tool for Twitter users.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
Whether you use web apps by default or prefer traditional installed apps, it’d be hard to get by today without using at least a few web apps. Computers, tablets, and even smartphones could be used without an internet connection once you’ve installed some apps, but increasingly, it seems odd to be without internet connection for even a few minutes. Even our traditional apps such as Mail and Calendar tools are generally powered by an online service.
While most of us use Google Apps, as well as social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, there’s so many other apps that it’s be impossible to make a poll that would include all of the web apps most of us use. So, instead of a normal poll, this week we’d love it if you could comment and let us know what web app you couldn’t live without. Google Apps and social networks would be high on anyone’s list, so to make it more interesting, why not tell us your favorite Email/Calendar solution, social network, and then the other web app you couldn’t live without.
I’m still trying to decide what my other app would be. I’d have to put down WordPress or Simplenote, or perhaps CloudApp … I’m still not sure. What would you pick?
Twitter is a fun place to hang out. The official web app might be bland, but there are a whole bunch of third party apps out there to make Twitter special. I have always maintained that if it weren’t for third party apps, Twitter would never have been the cultural and social phenomenon that it is today.
We use Twitter for a variety of personal and professional reasons and the platform by itself isn’t flexible enough for our needs. So after the break, we have compiled a list of 20 apps that fill a dozen holes in the Twitter platform. Come check it out!
Twitter bought TweetDeck a couple of weeks back for a hefty $50 million (figure is based on reports and has not been confirmed by Twitter or Tweetdeck). This is an interesting development, especially as Twitter is almost completely against third-party clients that replicate the core functionality of what Twitter does in it’s official family of apps.
Both TweetDeck and Twitter have native applications for Macs, with TweetDeck having one for PC too. You can find both apps on your smartphone too, whether it be Android or iOS. However, they both compete for web app love since Twitter has it’s official website, and TweetDeck has it’s Chrome web app. Today, we’re going to compare the two and see whether, from a web app-only perspective, the deal is worth it for the web apps. (more…)