To say that the third party application market for Twitter is huge would be a gross understatement. Every credible platform in the world has numerous Twitter applications, and with iOS having a catalogue of applications larger than anyone else, it isn’t any different.
Despite the absolute plethora of apps for Twitter on the iPhone, there isn’t as much support for the iPad tablet device as of yet, but we do now have Twitter for iPad, the official application from Twitter. How does it stack up? We’ll soon find out!
At first glance, the user interface of Twitter’s iPad application looks deceivingly simple and easy to find your way around. On the far left hand side of the screen, you’ll see all of your user options. From here, you can view your Timeline, Mentions, Twitter Lists, Messages, Profile, and even perform a search, just like you can on the Twitter website.
At the bottom of the screen, there is a quick link to posting a new tweet as well as viewing your preferences. This is where the user interface tends to become a little more tricky however.
Tap the button to compose a new tweet, and instead of having a nice simple box for input, the whole contents of the screen slide down to reveal a little notepad on which you compose your tweet. There are another three buttons to contend with too, although these are simply for attaching a photo to your tweet, turning location services on, and shrinking URL’s.
Admittedly a little unorthodox, but useful nonetheless, and not too hard to use – you can’t say that the developers at Twitter aren’t taking advantage of all this screen estate.
I was expecting a similar implementation to that used by IM+ for iPad, where the whole screen changes to the web browser when you want to take a look at something, but the Twitter developers had something a little… different in mind.
If you tap on a link in a post, rather than a web browser simply overlaying your current feed, the feed slides over to the left, pushed by the incoming web browser that slides in from the right hand side.
When you’ve read your content in the browser, you can slide it back across to the right, but not all the way, so it’s still visible until you quit Twitter, which is slightly annoying. It also makes the interface suddenly feel a lot more cramped than it did before, with a lot more going on and more to interact with.
There’s no doubt that this app has promise, and it’s still early days, so hopefully with a few updates, a few kinks can be worked out, and maybe some slight changes to the way the interface works can be made as well. Overall though, Twitter iPad app is a good start, and you can download it for free from the iTunes store.