Windows Phone - 25 January 2011
Author: David K

imageThere are so many Twitter apps for WP7 that we tend to ignore new contenders…unless they really do something impressive and Birdsong seems to be pretty damn fancy on paper. Check out this feature list:

Configure your home screen timelines – add up to 5 timelines, in any order (including lists and search results).
High performance, infinite scrolling (no "load more" buttons).
Integrated picture viewing with all major picture sharing services (twitpic, yfrog, flickr, plixi and moby).
Threaded conversations for replies and direct messages.
Direct messages threaded and organized like an email inbox.
Intelligent local cache enabling offline viewing.
Map previews and Bing Maps integration for geo-tagged tweets.
Share photos with TwitPic integration.
Integrated web browser – no need to leave the application to follow links.
Status Bar – showing unread message counts for each timeline.
At-a-glance icons in your timeline let you see enhanced information for each tweet such as photos, location and conversations.
Explore your friends’ profiles, timelines and connections.
Fully integrated with your phone’s theme and accent color.

The offline caching without additional ‘load more’ is worth the price alone for me. Man I hate getting into a subway just to find out I have about 20 Tweets and the rest aren’t available. But check out their site for more images. This looks like the real deal. It’s $2 but there is a free trial.

And they’re already working on features for v1.1 (I’m guessing live tile support and toast notifications for messages).









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(13) Readers Comments

  1. Not buying until it gets a live tile, same goes for other applications like it. Seems too many devs are releasing unfinished products, promising features in an update that may never come. Had enough of that BS from Microsoft themselves.

  2. Downloaded the trial. Not bad. On my device opens to timeline in about 6 seconds and completes sync in about 9. First sync (198 messages) took a bit longer. Closes in about 2 seconds without any issues. Photos display as advertised. Just downloaded Tweet yesterday, because while i really like the Beezz live tile, it is just so damn slow to open and close. Tweet does have a textbox style view, so it should work with copy/paste and the text to voice thing is sweet. But Birdsong has some nice metro navigation and embedded photos (only links in Tweet). Not sure what kind of restriction the trial has but I have opened/closed a dozen times without any issues, popup, etc.

  3. I love the feature list. Right now I don’t mind not having a live tile but it would be Awesome if they did add it.

    The cacheing is super big for me as I detest the “load more” buttons I have to push.

  4. Very nice so far. Thanks for the heads-up. While we’d all like to have all programs to have live tiles, I can live with this for now.

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  10. Live tiles is in the pipeline. We have a new release that will come out imminently with some very important performance and feature updates and then push notifications with live tile and toast is next. You shouldn’t have to wait long at all. We know it is a much requested feature so it is very high on our priority list. Just got to get the basics perfect first!

    If you have any further feedback or feature requests feel free to let us know or post them here for others to vote on: http://feedback.red-badger.com/forums/97895-birdsong-for-windows-phone

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  13. Hi,

    v1.1 of Birdsong has just released. This delivers major performance and stability as well as a few new features such as run under lock screen, multi-language support and landscape mode.

    Now we have a really stable platform we are working on delivering more advanced features such as multiple accounts, push notifications etc..

    Check out v1.1 here: http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=ac61a1bc-9325-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

    With v1.1 we’ve also taken steps to improve our support offering by opening a brand new Support Portal on which you can make (and vote on) feature requests, discuss ideas and issues with the Birdsong Community, and contact us for support. The new Support Portal is http://support.red-badger.com or you can email us here: support@red-badger.com

    Thanks
    Cain
    @redbadgerteam