Announcing “The Nest”: a partnership with Rowi

This is cross posted from the MetroTwit blog.

Since we launched MetroTwit those months ago, one of the most common feedback we’ve heard is “MetroTwit is great on Windows, do you have a Windows Phone 7 app?”. Of course, we share the same need with our users to access Twitter on a range of platforms which is why we’re proud to announce “The Nest” partnership with Rowi.

Not long ago, many of us fell in love with Rowi for Windows Phone 7. In many ways, it reminded us of MetroTwit and our own design goals. Soon after opening a dialog with Rowi’s developers, we knew it would be far more beneficial for us and our users to enjoy full-featured applications on each platform, with the synergy often found in cross-platform applications.

Over the past few days, we’ve been designing “The Nest“, a cloud-based backend that will support the syncing of configuration and state data across clients (the first of its kind we believe). In the first version we’ll be focusing on column configurations and the unread tweet state.

An additional feature of the system is that it can also work as a backup service for individual clients, saving the state if the user should use multiple installations or reinstall the software.

We hope to deliver “The Nest” support very soon with the next updates of both MetroTwit and Rowi making it easier to keep up with Twitter at the PC and on the go.

14 insightful thoughts

  1. Looks like you really really don’t want users to own MetroTwit forever. Why the freaking shit does it take so long to make an offline installer available?

    1. It’s not a trivial matter because we rely on ClickOnce systems for the in-app updater process.

      We also need to invest time in making an installable package, since VS just spits out a bunch of files. It’s something on our list, but we’re prioritizing streaming APIs and multi-accounts at the time.

    2. “Why the freaking shit does it take so long to make an offline installer available?”

      Seriously?!?! :-/ You have an Internet connection, which is required to get Twitter updates, and you’re bitching about the lack of an offline installer? Do you see the lunacy in that statement?

      I applaud the MetroTwit folks. I originally asked if you guys could partner with Beezz, but they don’t seem to be updating their client, unlike Rowi. I cannot wait to see the fruits of that labor!!! Rock on guys!

      1. > Seriously?!?! :-/ You have an Internet connection, which is required to get Twitter updates,
        > and you’re bitching about the lack of an offline installer?

        Seems you don’t work in a environment with a lot of systems where you want to distribute (not by hand) the software.

  2. Why not open like a contest to people build on top of your api, an metrotwit version for the iOS, specially targeting the Iphone since imo thw twitter client is really good on the ipad…

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