Developer Program

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Fans of TWiT are welcome to create their own apps to support TWiT on any platform they desire. TWiT has created the Developer Program as a way to improve communication to (and from) developers of TWiT apps. This document was also created to help convey basic branding and functionality guidelines which had never really existed prior to the creation of the Developer Program.

If you have a new app which meets the guidelines presented here, follow the instructions at the end to let us know and we'll list your app on our site. New apps that do not follow these guidelines may not be listed.

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App Naming

To reduce app confusion, please do not name your app with just "TWiT". Also, do not use the same name used by another app. Naming your app "TWiT" or using the same name as another app just causes confusion. (Existing apps that are using the name "TWiT" or have the same name as another app are considered grandfathered in.)

TWiT Brand Name

The TWiT brand name is "TWiT" with uppercase "TW", lowercase "i", and uppercase "T".

The full name of the company is "TWiT, LLC". Most people refer to us as "TWiT". "TWiT.tv" is the name of the web site and should not be used to refer to the network.

TWiT® and the TWiT logo are registered trademarks of Leo Laporte.

Our shows are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike license. That means you are allowed to take them, remix them, reuse them, share them, or re-purpose them however you like, provided you give credit to TWiT, share your version in the same way, and do not use them for commercial purposes.

Your app should clearly state that it was developed by you or your company. Do not imply that it was designed by, created by, produced by, or partnered with TWiT in any way. Do not use the word "official" in describing your app.

Do:

  • TWiT
  • TWiT LLC
  • TWiT Network
  • The TWiT Netcast Network
  • TWiT.tv (referring to the web site only)

Do Not:

  • twit
  • Twit
  • TwiT
  • TWIT
  • TWiTtv
  • TWiT Tv
  • TWiT Podcast Network

The TWiT logo is a modified "AND gate" turned on its side. This is often referred to as "the bug".

If you need the logo, we have this high-resolution copy available in Adobe Illustrator format. Please use this version of the logo. The old version of the logo with the inner ring, rounded feet on the bug, lighter blue, and "futuristic" font was discontinued in 2011 and should not be used any longer.

DO TWiT Logo.svg.png TWiT-horizontal.png TWiT-bug.png TWiT-bug-blue.png TWiT-bug-nocircle.png TWiT-bug-white.png
DO NOT DO-NOT-TWiT3.png DO-NOT-TWiT2.png DO-NOT-TWiT1.png DO-NOT-TWiT4.png DO-NOT-TWiT5.png DO-NOT-TWiT6.png DO-NOT-TWiT7.png

If using the "TWiT" text, please center the text below the bug or use the text centered to the right of the bug. You're welcome to separate the bug from the blue circle background.

You may also display it in all one single color. (If you make the bug a non-standard color other than white, do not leave the red dot as red and do not leave it on the blue circle background.)

Do not otherwise change the colors, add filters, add gradients, squish or stretch, rotate, animate, anthropomorphize, or otherwise make modifications to the logo. Do not make the logo part of a repeating pattern. When using the TWiT text next to the bug, do not change the font.

Colors

TWiT's official logo colors in RGB are:

  • Black - #231F20
  • Blue - #34AAD2
  • Red - #DD1F25

Show Art

All of the TWiT show artwork can be found on the Cover Art page.

Other than re-sizing the image, you should never modify our show artwork in any way without permission from TWiT.

When representing the show as a whole, use the "show" art without the "Audio" or "Video" text. If you are referencing a specific audio or video feed, please use the appropriate art for that feed. Never use art for a specific feed unless you are referring to that specific feed. For example, do not use the "Audio" art when referencing a video feed and do not use the "Video-HD" art when presenting the low-quality video feed.

Show artwork may change over time. Going forward, TWiT will try to keep all the show art in the same location so that anyone linking to our copies will automatically be able to get the updated version.

Show Information

Occasionally, but rarely, TWiT shows get renamed. (The Giz Wiz, The Social Hour, and TWiT Live Specials are examples.) Try to keep the show titles up to date. If you are referencing our current shows based on our OPML Feeds, this shouldn't be an issue.

If you want to provide access to retired shows as part of an archive, that's absolutely fine as long as you make it clear that those shows are retired and do not mix them in with active shows. (If you mix them together, it could easily confuse users who may think your app or TWiT's feeds are "broken" since they're not getting new episodes.)

Do not create new abbreviations for TWiT shows. For example, even though we may use a "tn2n" slug for Tech News 2Night's feed, the show should always be referred to as "Tech News 2Night" or "TN2". Never list it as "TN2N" or "Tech News Tonight". Also, if you're using the full show name, there is no need to use the abbreviation too. (For example, the show is called "Tech News Today", not "TNT: Tech News Today".)

Similarly, capitalization matters. We no longer capitalize show titles by capitalizing alternating words (such as "this WEEK in SHOWTITLES"), so use the current capitalization and any punctuation (like "..." or "!") included in the show names.

Also, pay attention to spacing. "MacBreak Weekly" is two words (with 3 capital letters) and "Ham Nation" is two words. "OMGcraft" is only one word.

Official show names are used in the feeds and on the twit.tv site. Occasionally, non-standard spellings, capitalization, or spacing may show up in the TWiT schedule; just ignore those oddities. (If you re-print them when showing the schedule, that's okay. We won't hold it against you for passing on our scheduling typos.)

Do:

Do Not:

  • Floss Weekly
  • Tech News 2night
  • Know How
  • OmgCraft
  • Mac Break Weekly
  • Reddit Up

Show Feeds

Stream URLs

Schedule

You can access the TWiT schedule via Google Calendar:

We recommend using the short URLs. They will be automatically updated if the calendar URL ever changes again.

Rerun Schedule

A rerun schedule (in ics format) is currently in the works. Since the rerun playlist is not created until it's time to go to reruns and varies daily, it will only be available while reruns are actually playing. It will reflect the current rerun playlist in VLC and display accurate start and end times for each episode in the playlist. Once this development is complete, more information will be posted here and shared with TWiT app developers.

App Updates

You are expected to keep your app up-to-date. If there has not been any update within a year, it will be dropped from our featured app list. If it does not reflect the creation of a new show (or major change to the show's name, description, or album art) within one month, we will consider dropping it from our featured app list.

Monetization

If you release an app that uses our content, you are welcome to charge for it. You worked hard to create it and deserve to get paid for your time.

There is no fee to become a registered TWiT app developer. TWiT will not pay you to develop an app.

Application Process

  1. Once your app is public, fill out our App Developer Application Form.
  2. If your app is new...
    1. Patrick Delahanty will review it with other TWiT staff and determine if it meets our guidelines.
    2. If you charge for your app and want to provide a free promo code, that'd be much appreciated!
    3. If your app meets our guidelines, it will be added to our list of apps on our How to Watch TWiT page on twit.tv.
    4. If you want feedback before your app is public, we'd love to check it out...but we won't link to it on our site until you tell us it's live.
  3. If your app existed prior to the creation of the Developer Program...
    1. Your app is grandfathered in with regard to our guidelines. (We hope you'll still check them out and keep them in mind when making updates to your app.)
    2. As long as your app has been updated within the last year, we'll add it to our How to Watch TWiT page on twit.tv within one business day.
  4. We will only list your app after you've completed the form.
    1. Every TWiT app developer currently listed on our "How to Watch TWiT" page has completed this form.
    2. We have also listed some non-TWiT apps like iTunes, YouTube, Pocket Casts, and DoggCatcher. These have been added as viable alternatives for the benefit of TWiT fans.
  5. Your e-mail address will be added to a private e-mail distribution list of TWiT app developers.
    1. Through this distribution list, TWiT can keep you informed of changes you may need to be aware of like new shows, modified album art, or changes to our live streams.
    2. You can always opt out of these e-mail notices if you'd rather not hear about changes that may impact your app. (Why you wouldn't want these notices is a mystery.)

The application form is NOT a legal binding agreement, it's just to let us know who you are, what your app does, and how you would like us to link to you from our site. It also gets you on our mailing list.

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