Announcements

Who said RSS is dead?

Well, it wasn’t me. RSS is a great way of getting updates when you have a feed of news. There are RSS readers virtually for every device and programming language. Don’t you believe me? Then take a look at this developer working on a RSS aggregator in COBOL.

When we thought of which mechanism we should use for users to subscribe to their notifications, it’s no surprise RSS was our first choice. So let me introduce you without further ado our brand new RSS feed service for your notifications.

atom_feedJust log in into teowaki —if you were already logged in, you might have to reload the page— and you should see the notification feed links right below the menu, as you can see in the picture.

Pick your favorite format, Atom or RSS, and add it to your favourite reader. I have installed a generic RSS reader on my phone, so from now on I will never miss any updates from my developer friends, even when I am not logged in into teowaki.

If you are experiencing any difficulties using your notifications feed, get in contact via hello@teowaki.com and we’ll try our best to help you out.

RSS is dead, long live RSS!

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Announcements

Good bye noise! Receive only relevant messages

This past weekend we were at the Fosdem conference, in Brussels. It was a great event, and of course there was a lot of communication between the attendees, as you can see in the sample tweets below.

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The problem with this kind of tweets is that most of the followers of the authors were not at Fosdem, or even in Belgium. So for them, those messages were useless and just noise. And we hate noise.

We just added geolocated shouts to teowaki, so now you can send a message to one or all of your teams, but only to people who are around a physical location. Let me show you an example. Ada feels like downing a beer today, so she sends a shout inviting her friends around her location to meet later.

Diego and Javier share teams with Ada. Ada is in London, as is Javier. But Diego is in Madrid today. Javier will receive Ada’s shout as a notification, and will also see it on his timeline.

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Diego won’t be notified about this, as Ada decided only people within 5 kilometers from Old Street, London, should get her shout.

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But even if Diego won’t get any useless noise in his timeline, he can still know about this shout. If he navigates to the team’s page, or if he filter the shouts for a given team,  there it is, the message from Ada. He can be updated on what his teammates are up to, but he won’t get notified about irrelevant messages.

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I hope you will enjoy this little new feature as much as we do. As usual, feel free to contact us at hello@teowaki.com if you have any feedback. Happy shouting!

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Announcements, Uncategorized

Teowaki puts you on the map

Time flies when you are having fun. It’s been already one month since we announced our public launch and we have been busy adding a lot of small things to make teowaki even better for you.

After our Xmas break, we started the year by improving our search engine and adding individual pages for links, shouts and jesters. Then we added the “personas” feature to your profile, so you can let everybody know your different online identities. In the meantime, we got the opportunity to speak at local communities of developers in Zaragoza and London, sharing with them the technologies we are using at teowaki.

And today we are proud to announce our first geolocation features. You can now add your location to your profile, so other users can see where you are based. This is the cornerstone for the rest of our geospatial functionalities. In a few weeks you will be able to filter your search results by proximity —search for people or teams close to you— or to send shouts to users around one area.

How does it work?

When you visit your profile settings, your browser will ask for permission to use your computer’s location. Unless you allow your browser to pass your information to teowaki, we won’t be able to guess your current city and country automatically.

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A note on your privacy: We know it is technically possible to try and guess your current location using other techniques, like checking your IP against a database, but we think you as a user should have the last word in saying if you want us to geolocate you or not.  We won’t try to guess any geospatial information about you unless you allow us specifically to do so.*

Once you allow us to guess your location, teowaki will show your position on a map. In the rare cases where we can’t automatically locate you, or if our location is wrong, you can enter your city and country in the location text box and we will map it.

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Even if you want us to keep your location, so we can use it for proximity searches, you can still uncheck the option to share your location publicly. In that case, we will store your location in our servers and we will use it internally, but we will never disclose your location to other uses. You can switch this check on and off as many times as you want. You are in total control of what and when it is shared about you.

Don’t forget to use the “Update” button to save your settings.

What does it look like?

Once you enter your location and give your permission, the name of your base location and a small map will be displayed on your profile.

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Feedback

Is there any way we can make this better for you? let us know at hello@teowaki.com

* our analytics backend uses techniques for geolocating every request we get to the system by analyzing the IP address. This is done at as a separate process and we don’t associate this information to your user, just anonymously to every request that hits our servers for statistical purposes.

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Announcements

teowaki is now open

Back in November, we invited 50 of our developer friends to try the alpha version of teowaki. We have learned a lot from them (thank you all!), we have improved the tool in the last few weeks, and we are ready now for the big opening.

Our mission is to make you happier and to help you stay in contact with your friends and colleagues no matter where you are. Please start using teowaki, invite your developer friends to your teams, and let us know how we can make teowaki better for you.

You might be wondering what kind of things you can share with other developers at teowaki, and the answer is pretty much anything that makes sense for you. As an example, we at teowaki are using the site for sharing interesting links about  software developmenttools we likedistributed systemsnews, or  just for fun. We also share our  best practices  and  code snippets, and even the methodologies we use. When we publish something that doesn’t need to last for long, we just set an expiration date and forget about it.

We have also created a team for getting feedback from our users and we use private teams for talking about development issues, telling jokes, publishing mistakes we have made or keeping track of interesting events.

At the moment teowaki allows you to share links, best practices, shouts (short messages), jesters (mistakes) and, of course, your profile. You can share information privately or publicly, with just one team or with as many as you like. You can search for public contents from other users and fork them into your teams, so you don’t need to start writing from scratch.

You can join as many teams as you want, so you can communicate at the same time with your colleagues, the customers you are freelancing for, your friends from Uni, the members of your local communities, or the delegates to that conference you attended last summer. Because we don’t think it’s fair you have to stop sharing valuable information with interesting developers only because you quit a job, or you live in a different city or you can’t find the time for meeting regularly.

User profiles are another interesting feature. No matter if you change teams or companies in the future, your URL will always stay with you. You can go by different nicknames when joining different teams and if you want to keep a particular membership secret, you only need to go to your settings and mark that team as hidden. You know, sometimes your boss doesn’t need  to know you are freelancing for other people.

If you are an event organizer, teowaki gives you a free backchannel for you to use before, during and after the events. Let event participants curate link lists, have conversations, and extend the reach of your event. Have separate teams for volunteers, organizers, speakers and delegates if you want. Provide a single URL where everybody can keep up to date with the news, so you can  enjoy more free time for making your event awesome.

We are just providing the channel, but we are keen to see how you all are going to use it and we are looking forward to learning from you and making a site where developers feel at home.

teowaki is now open. Welcome aboard.

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Announcements

teowaki will be launching soon

After a very busy summer, we are excited to announce teowaki is entering the final stage of development before going live. In just a few weeks you will be able to open your account and start sharing information with your developer friends.

We thought you’d like to know what’s been keeping us so busy during the last months. Apart from writing all the code for both our API and our front end web application, we automated our deployment and monitoring systems, incorporated our company in the UK, went through endless sessions with our UX guy to get a nice an clean interface, researched different payment providers, attended dozens of seminars about starting your own business, and discovered the huge amount of small things you need to take care of when you are launching a product.

But the most interesting part was attending developer groups and conferences all over Europe to share our vision with you and get your feedback. We talked to hundreds of developers about what we are building and we listened to a bunch of great ideas to make teowaki even better than we dreamed. If you are in our mailing list, chances are we talked to you personally and you contributed to make teowaki a better tool.

We are still finishing up a few things before we can open to the public, but we should be up and ready soon and you will be the first to know. In the meantime, take a look at our next post for a preview of our interface. We hope you’ll ❤ it as much as we do.

Thanks for your support. You are awesome.

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