Twellow Enhanced Logins: Following Made Easy
As Twellow has progressed one of it’s most valuable features is it assists in finding folks on Twitter whom our users want to be following. Up until now however it’s been a pretty slow process once a desired contact is found. Our users have had to click through to a user’s Twitter page and then submit the follow request from there. That’s all changed now.
A simple yet powerful new feature for Twellow allows following of people directly from the Twellow interface. While this is not an overly complicated feature, it should help make Twellow a bit more convenient to use. When a Twellow user chooses the “Enhanced” feature at login time our system will enable special Follow buttons under each user’s profile image. This button allows the user to either follow or remove a following as they see fit.
In order to take advantage of the new feature, a user must select the “Enhanced” option at login. This will enable the Twellow system to act on behalf of the user while interacting with their following list on Twitter. Twellow will temporarily keep a copy of the user’s password on our server in order to authenticate and adjust the following preferences as determined by the user. Once a user is finished and logs off, their password is discarded by Twellow. It is not stored anywhere in permanent memory on Twellow servers.
A user can determine if they are logged in with enhanced mode by the notice at the top-right of each page. If it is found that enhanced mode isn’t available, a simple logout and re-login will enable the feature. Just make sure the “Enhanced Features” option is checked when logging in.
Please note that there are limits on the number of follow and un-follow requests a user can make in an hour, so please use the feature judiciously. These limits are put in place by Twitter to ease the burden on their servers.
This new enhancement of Twellow should make using the service a lot easier, and a lot more fun. Look for additional usefulness to come as we expand the options in the future.
Twellow Lead Developer
Post Update: As of March 16, 2009, and due to user feedback we’ve made the Enhanced Features the default for Twellow logins.