Archive for February, 2011


Birdsong v1.2 Released!

by Cain Ullah

Birdsong v1.2 is now available in the marketplace!

v1.2 is all about filling the functionality gap and preparing for copy/paste. So what’s new?

  • Multiple accounts – via accounts.
  • Geo-tagging – you can attach your location, exact location or a nearby place to tweets.
    • Via settings you can control whether to always auto geo-tag all you tweets and whether you want to share your exact location by default.  These settings are account specific.
  • Configurable timeline font size – via settings.
  • Favourite/Unfavourite a tweet.
  • Share tweet/DM via Email or SMS
  • Delete Tweet
  • Delete Direct Message
  • Profile page now shows whether a user is following  you.
  • Threaded conversations automatically scroll to the bottom.
  • When viewing an individual tweet or DM, you can select enable copy from the application bar menu which switches the text of the message into copy mode.  This is in preparation for the March update that will introduce copy/paste.
  • About page (in settings) now links to the @redbadgerteam profile, our support portal (directly within the app) and a direct link to our announcements forum to see what’s new in the release.

What got fixed?

  • Certain lists didn’t allow you to tap the header to jump back to the top of the list (like favourites).  They  do now.
  • Retweets now propagate across all timelines not just the one you retweeted from.
  • Opening some links in Internet Explorer caused an unhandled exception.
  • Some minor translations have been fixed.
  • We’ve upgraded to the latest version of Rx (Reactive Extensions).  The previous version had a serious bug in that would throw random NullReferenceExceptions.  With the new version Microsoft have fixed this.

If you experience any problems or have any feedback we want to know about it – let us know via or you can email:

We hope you enjoy Birdsong v1.2. If you haven’t already got it you can get it in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

We’re already working on push notifications (live tile / toast) to be shipped with v1.3 so watch out for that!


Birdsong v1.1 Released

by Cain Ullah

LogoWe are happy to announce v1.1 of Birdsong is now available.

This release is primarily about stability and performance.  We’ve tried to address all known issues and done a ton of performance work which should mean the whole app is a bit faster and updates are far quicker.

Along with greater speed and stability v1.1 also brings:

  • Runs under lock screen.
  • Landscape mode is now supported throughout the application (bar a couple of places).
  • Multi-lingual support: English (United States), English (United Kingdom), German, French, Spanish and Italian.

The following major issues should now be resolved:

  • Tweeting certain special characters sometimes resulted in failure to send a tweet.
  • Retweeting a mention resulted in message entities no longer being highlighted.
  • Using Birdsong on some form of “guest wireless” which required sign-in via a web-form, caused an unexpected error.
  • Unable to scroll beyond the first few favourites.

We have implemented a migration strategy so that v1.1 will make some changes in the background without effecting your current data or settings. The data store will now work very differently to provide you with enhanced performance.

With v1.1 we’re also changing how we deal with support issues and feedback.  All support issues will now be serviced via our new support portal; which offers ticket management, user forums and feature requests all in one place.  The support portal can be found at:

If you experience any problems or have any feedback we want to know about it – let us know via the support forums or you can email:

If you do not already have Birdsong for Windows Phone 7 it is available in the Windows Phone Marketplace.


Birdsong Feedback Is Moving

by David Wynne

One of the changes we’re making with the upcoming release of v1.1 of Birdsong is how we deal with support and feedback.  As of today we have moved support, feedback, user forums and feature requests all under one happy roof at our brand new support portal at

Naturally you’ve got questions as to why we’re moving everything and what’s going to happen to the feedback you’ve already provided; hopefully we can answer those questions here.

Why the change?
We want to offer the best support, respond to all feedback and hear your feature requests.  We couldn’t do that all in one place under our old feedback site.  With the new one we can.

What happens to requests I’ve already made?
Worry not, if you head over to the new Feature Requests forum you’ll find them all there.  We’ve moved over all the feedback, all the comments and kept a record of the number of votes each request had.

How do I vote for something on the new site?
The new forum has a similar voting concept that will allow the most popular features to bubble to the top.  Instead of assigning a limited number of votes, you can simply choose to “like” an idea.

What happened to my votes?
Unfortunately we can’t alter the number of votes an idea has on the new site, so it will appear everything has started back at 0.  Fear not however, we’ve recorded the number of votes each idea had in the description on the new site and we promise we’ll take them into account when prioritising features.

What else do I get?
Announcements on upcoming releases, a Community Help forum so the Birdsong community can start helping each other out, and an integrated experience with our new support ticketing system.


We’d like to thank everyone who’s provided feedback and feature requests to date – your feedback genuinely has an impact on what we choose to work on next – so don’t stop!

The new home of support and feedback for Birdsong is