Last summer, we saw the launch of Tweet Lanes – a beautiful, functional Twitter app that – due to Twitter's reformed API – ceased active development just a few months ago. Today, Chris Lacy has issued a "further update" on the status of development, writing in a post to Google+ "just because I am no longer actively developing Tweet Lanes doesn't mean that development of the app has to stop."
Yes, after "countless requests" to do so (and an offer to sell), Lacy has taken the project open source – opening up the TL client itself, its SocialNetLib library, and its associated AppEngine project.
Though Lacy has committed to certain responsibilities with the project, he emphasizes that this move does not mean he personally will resumed development. For developers interested in helping out, he outlines what duties he will and will not execute:
What I can commit to:
* Releasing the source code publicly (job done).
* Syncing with the master branch and releasing a signed version of the app to the Play Store a few times a week.
What I can't commit to:
* Implementing new features, fixing bugs, or contributing further code to the project.
* Handling Pull Requests.
* Leading the project going forward.
* Testing or distributing Release Candidate builds.
* Responding to feedback, emails, bug reports, etc.
To that end, Lacy has issued a call to action, stating that Tweet Lanes will need Dev leads and a community manager, the former being responsible for pull requests, building and distributing release candidates, and possibly contributing code, with the latter taking over control of the @TweetLanes Twitter account. Lacy encourages those interested to email him at [email protected].
If you've ever wanted to see more/new/specific features in Tweet Lanes, now's your chance. Check out Lacy's original post linked below.