Twitter is definitely one of the things that the iPhone has helped to increase the usage of, not just because of the mobile internet access, but moreover the wide range of options that have appeared in terms of Twitter apps available through Apple’s App Store.
As such I’ve tried various Twitter apps, both free and paid, but always seem to come back to Tweetie as my default Twitter app of choice — in fact it was the first paid app that I bought, I’d read good things from other people and so I took the plunge!
Here are my thoughts on what’s good and bad when it comes to the Tweetie iPhone app:
- It uses the good, clean, crisp “black text on white background” design of the iPhone unlike many of the more annoying Twitter apps that force white text on a black background onto you — personally, that’s a real pet hate of mine.
- It’s stable and doesn’t crash all the time (I’m looking at you Tweetdeck on this one!)
- It has some great searching facilities including saved searches and local searches based on your current location.
- Refresh up to 100 tweets at once — good for when the network signal is rather patchy.
- A good “load more” (refresh) feature to work your way through your Twitter-stream without having to load up huge numbers of tweets to begin with.
- Re-loading the app will take you to the earliest new tweet in your Twitter-stream assuming the last time you loaded it is still cached — ie. It’s not too long since you last checked.
- Replies/mentions are not displayed that well in the stream (for instance in Twitterfon, they are coloured bright green so they stand out.
- Your list of mentions are only refreshed when you press to view that list — (in Twitterfon, with each load, it checks for new mentions and displays a number indicator when there are new mentions to view.
- Slightly annoying is the retweeting functionality, instead of the more usual “RT @simonbarker…….”, it uses “…….(via @simonbarker)” — which can easily lead to misunderstandings over who said what in my opinion.
Overall, I’d definitely say that I’ve got my money’s worth from Tweetie, it’s the best all-around Twitter app for the iPhone in my experience, it must be as I keep on coming back to it, despite the slight bad points I’ve highlighted above (which aren’t deal breakers for me) – I’d love to see covered as options in future updates, but until then I can certainly live with them.
Which Twitter iPhone app do you use? Have you tried Tweetie? How do you think it compares?
Simon Barker is the founder and editor of Zath and has over 25 years’ worth of experience of using computers and technology in general. He can normally be found researching or testing the latest in technology products.
He has provided IT consultancy services to both home and small business users for over 15 years, building PCs, fixing hardware/software problems and providing comprehensive training.
Simon always likes to get the best out of the technology products he is using, by both making informed purchasing decisions and also optimising how they are used to get the most benefits possible.