The Iconfactory, the maker of a well-liked third-party Twitter shopper, Twitterrific, which was amongst these killed by Elon Musk-led Twitter, is hoping to get well from its losses with a brand new app that gives you social media, information feeds and alerts in an expertise. The app, referred to as “Challenge Tapestry” because it launches on Kickstarter, will help Twitter/X options like Bluesky, Mastodon, and Tumblr, and presumably Instagram Threads when the developer API turns into obtainable. Nonetheless, it doesn’t help X itself because of the firm’s ban on third-party apps.
A working prototype of Challenge Tapestry has already been developed, and if The Iconfactory is ready to elevate $100,000 in funding via Kickstarter, it is going to additional develop the app so it may be launched to the general public.
As described, Challenge Tapestry goals to prepare at the moment’s fragmented on-line media right into a single interface, by permitting customers to observe a wide range of sources in a single place. For instance, you’ll be able to comply with your favourite blogs, information websites, social networks and webcomics, in addition to vital updates that used to come back through Twitter, akin to climate alerts or earthquake warnings.
This implies you will should work with any website that provides an RSS feed, which most blogs and information websites (with out paywalls) already do. It will additionally combine with the startups providing Twitter options akin to Bluesky, powered by the brand new AT Protocol, and Mastodon, which shall be powered by one other rising internet customary, ActivityPub. (The corporate would not plan to supply Threads help at launch, however would contemplate including it as properly if an API had been to grow to be obtainable, we’re informed).
Different deliberate sources embrace Tumblr, Micro.weblog, USGS Earthquakes, NOAA Satellite tv for pc, and GO Comics. Nonetheless, Fb and Instagram is not going to be obtainable.
As soon as arrange, Tapestry organizes all of your updates into one feed, displayed in chronological order. Moreover, the app can take away duplicates to scale back muddle, akin to when somebody posts a hyperlink to a number of social networks directly. Within the new app, these entries may very well be mixed, so that you just solely see the message as soon as.
Different notable options embrace the flexibility to mark objects as learn, bear in mind your studying place within the timeline, help for mild and darkish themes, and some extra copied from the corporate’s Twitterrific days like mute and ‘unmute’ . The latter was a well-liked choice for individuals who needed to know what was being mentioned by minimizing the tweets and as a substitute offering a quick description of what was hidden.
If the corporate’s purpose of $150,000 on Kickstarter is reached, the staff may also work on a extra superior search characteristic that may allow you to search the sources and social networking posts you already comply with as a substitute of the broader web. That side sounds significantly promising at a time when the standard of Google Search is declining as a consequence of search engine optimisation spam and AI-written pages.
This is not the primary time Iconfactory has turned to Kickstarter. It additionally used the location to fund the event of Twitterrific for Mac in 2017, which was funded in 20 days.
Though Iconfactory at the moment makes a number of apps for creativity, leisure, and gaming, the closure of Twitterrific was troublesome for the corporate and its staff.
Laments The Iconfactory’s director/designer Gedeon Maheux, the brand new undertaking took place as a result of the staff had “invested a lot time and power in Twitter,” however then Twitter “walled off”[ed] their backyard destroyed and folks like us had been pressured to go away,” he says. “Now you’ve got pals utilizing totally different providers, somewhere else, and it is exhausting to maintain monitor of them.”
The necessity for crowdsourced funds was additionally necessitated by the lack of Twitterrific.
“The loss of life of Twitterrific actually harm… The killing of third-party Twitter apps actually made a dent [our revenue] as a result of Twitterrific was certainly one of our bread-and-butter apps. It actually stimulated improvement and allowed us to do the issues we liked,” Maheux notes. Since Twitterrific’s closure, he mentioned, the corporate has not but managed to “shut the hole.”
“Hopefully Tapestry will assist with that,” he provides.
Twitterrific is probably not a family identify like Twitter as soon as was, however the app had a major affect on Twitter tradition.
The Twitter shopper was one of many first available on the market to start out utilizing a fowl brand, which was then adopted by different purchasers. Later, Twitter began utilizing a fowl as its official brand in 2010. The Iconfactory additionally contributed the phrase ‘tweet’ to the vocabulary surrounding using Twitter, and created an answer to Twitter’s lack of an ‘Edit’ button in 2014 by making a characteristic that will delete and repost a tweet , giving the looks of edits.
With its perception into how one can faucet into the social app market, Tapestry has the potential to resolve new ache factors for customers leaving Twitter/X – a method to comply with the information, folks and data that matter to them , no, it would not matter the place they go.
With the Kickstarter purpose of $100,000, The Iconfactory can get the primary app prepared and make it public through the App Retailer. Since launching the crowdsourced funding plea this morning, they’ve raised greater than $46,000.
The corporate has historically been averse to the thought of taking up enterprise capital as a result of it needs to stay unbiased. But when Tapestry turns into a hit after going public, Maheux admits it is “by no means say by no means” on the subject of elevating outdoors funds. Nonetheless, within the meantime, if you wish to use an app like Tapestry, you will have to make a donation in direction of its creation.