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How I Use Twitter

I’ve now been blogging about Twitter for almost two years – Twittercism’s second birthday is February 18th.

I’ve been using Twitter for close to three years. And in that time, a lot has changed, both within the platform itself and the tools we use to manage it. This post will take a look at these tools – specifically, the ones that I use to make Twitter work for me.

Like nearly all users, my first experience with the website was Twitter.com itself – that’s how most of us register, after all. I still use Twitter.com a lot, and will touch on that later. But whereas new Twitter has significantly improved the functionality of Twitter.com, I still do the bulk of my Twittering in apps, both web-based and mobile.

Again like many users, the first Twitter client I used for any great length of time was TweetDeck. (The very first was Twhirl, but that was a short-lived affair.) TweetDeck lends itself to the new user, but after a while I found the software buggy and sluggish. Tweets and entire users would go missing, it would crash a lot, and as my network grew it became increasingly unreliable. I periodically re-install the latest updates of TweetDeck to see if it’s any better, but it’s just not a software experience I enjoy. If it works for you – and it clearly does for many – then great.

From TweetDeck I switched to Seesmic Desktop, and used to be a huge fan of that – right up until they made a lot of changes that I really did not like. These were significant enough for me to move on, which I did so almost immediately to HootSuite.

(Note: all the screenshots in this article are taken from my Samsung NC10 netbook.)

HootSuite

I’ve been a big fan of HootSuite for a long time, first blogging about the software back in February of last year, but I started using it in late 2009.

Initially this was exclusively at work – my social media team finds the software invaluable for the management of client profiles (of which we handle a great many). But because of problems I was having with Seesmic Desktop, I eventually started using HootSuite at home, too. Which was a very smart decision.

So when they offered the professional upgrade, I happily handed over my credit card. The software isn’t perfect – nothing is – but it’s the closest thing we have to the optimal Twitter client. It’s robust and hardy, but it also looks great, especially on a large screen. And because it’s web app it means that when I move to a new location (and often a new computer) and load it up, HootSuite is exactly where I left it. This is a plus that cannot be emphasised highly enough. It remembers.

I use a seven-column layout for my personal profile, which includes just one list. 99% of all my tweets come through HootSuite. There are improvements that could be made, but they’ll have to really drop the ball for me to look elsewhere any time soon.

Twitter.com

New Twitter hasn’t been to everybody’s taste but it was a huge improvement for me, and my time on Twitter.com was boosted accordingly. I rarely send any tweets there – it’s mostly for management of my network (follows and unfollows, as well as reading user profiles) as I still find Twitter.com the easiest and most reliable way to do this.

Twitter For iPhone

I’ve used many mobile Twitter clients on the iPhone and Blackberry platforms and find the official Twitter app (and before it, Tweetie 2) to be the best option for my needs. It’s slick and fast, and it just works. The experience is extremely positive. I know many don’t like that the only retweet option is the new kind, but as I rarely retweet when ‘on the road’ it doesn’t make any difference to me at all. Indeed, I rarely tweet at all through my iPhone – my interests when away from my desk are monitoring and reading the tweets of other people. And the official app is perfect for that.

HootSuite (iPhone)

I also use HootSuite on the iPhone for the same reasons I use HootSuite – it remembers where I left it, and all my columns and searches are right there whenever I need them. This is super-convenient for the management of client Twitter profiles. However, I don’t use the HootSuite app at all for my personal account.

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So, there you go: that’s me. You’ll have your own list of favourites, but I recommend all of these products highly. Please try them all. You might already have the perfect tools in place, but you can’t possibly know that until you’ve done a little experimentation. But always remember: what works for you, works.

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Twitter Launches Twitter For iPad

Twitter For iPhone is the best Twitter iPhone app (period), so if Twitter For iPad is anywhere near as good then it’s an essential (and free) download.

Features include panes, inline video and media and various pinch and pull gestures.

Today we are bringing Tweets to a device that really lets content shine – the iPad. Twitter for iPad takes advantage of the iPad’s fluid touch interface, letting you move lots of information around smoothly and quickly – without needing to open and close windows or click buttons. There are a few things we want to point out that make this app a really fast and fun way to read real-time content.

I’m not fortunate enough (yet) to own an iPad, but if you do and have downloaded the Twitter app, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

In the meantime, you can read more on the official Twitter blog.

Twitter For iPhone Updated With Multitasking, Oauth And iPhone 4 Retina Display Support

Good times.

Download the  update directly on your iPhone or via iTunes.

(Hat tip: Mashable.)

Review: Twitter For iPhone

Twitter for iPhone – aka, Tweetie 3 – was released today. You can download it here (iTunes link). It’s free.

Twitter for iPhoneThis review will be brief, essentially because Twitter for iPhone isn’t enormously different to Tweetie 2. Sure, they’ve moved a few things around and done a couple of minor adjustments to search, but for the seasoned Tweetie user the overall difference is very marginal indeed.

These include:

  • An ability to use the app without actually having a Twitter account. (Which seems both utterly pointless and actually self-destructive from Twitter’s point of view.)
  • On the off chance you think that Twitter looks fun, you can now sign up within the app
  • Search results have been “improved”, which means you’ll now be able to see ads

So, not much different for veterans. Be warned – if you install Twitter for iPhone, it overwrites Tweetie. It’s one or t’other.

For new users to Tweetie, however, this is an essential download. For the full list of reasons why, check out my review of Tweetie 2. Don’t let my indifference put you off – it was already spectacularly good. I just expected this upgrade to offer a little bit more.

Twitter For iPhone

Twitter Buys Tweetie, Renames It, Makes It Available For Free

Following the launch of the official Twitter app for Blackberry, this is absolutely huge.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help.

From Loren:

I’m happy to say that as of today Twitter is the proud owner of Tweetie – and I’m joining their mobile team and starting work on turning Tweetie.app into Twitter.app, for iPhone and iPad.

In my opinion, Tweetie is far and away the best Twitter app (my review is here). This is fantastic news for Twitter, and more evidence that they’re looking to take control of the external use of their platform, certainly in the enormous mobile area, but we’ll have to wait and see if any of this is good news for users.

Or, for that matter, developers. The jury’s very much out on what this means for mobile alternatives to Tweetie Twitter For iPhone, such as Echofon and TweetDeck. And is this an early warning that Twitter is likely to go after the desktop-based clients, too, radically improving the lacking Twitter.com to compete there?

Perhaps of more concern, Twitter hasn’t been exactly a leader in innovation for their own product. Virtually everything that matters on the platform has been initiated or improved by users (@s, retweets) and developers (practically everything else). Tweetie is so user-friendly and so slick – I hate to think that any of that will suddenly be stifled by committee-thinking.

The weeks and months to come should be very interesting. In the meantime, learn more about this news at the Twitter blog, or directly from Loren himself here.

iPhone Review: Tweetie 2

UPDATE: Tweetie has been bought by Twitter and replaced with Twitter For iPhone, which as of the current update is essentially the same. The main difference is that it is now completely free. Read my review here. Tweetie is no longer available on the app store. However, the review below remains valid simply because Twitter For iPhone is for all intents and purposes the exact same application.

I know, I know. I’ve come very late to the highly-regarded Tweetie, and that’s because I’ve also come very late to the iPhone, having owned a 3GS for just a little over one month.

Hence, I have no experience of the original Tweetie, which was released for the iPhone way back in November 2008, and therefore have not had the opportunity to become as passionate about the client as many others.

Please forgive me. I will try to make up for this oversight with enthusiasm and detail.

iPhone Review: Tweetie 2

Honestly? I give Buzz about a week
before it drops off the front page.

So, this is essentially a first look for me, which should provide some comfort that this is an open and honest review.

A Little History

Prior to getting Tweetie, I was using TweetDeck on my iPhone. The TweetDeck app is free, and because I was familiar with TweetDeck on my PC it seemed logical to install this first. Indeed, I was quite happy with this decision, as for the first three weeks of iPhone-related Twitter usage TweetDeck seemed to hit all of my buttons. It was fast, it was easy to use, and it basically just worked.

(I’ll be reviewing TweetDeck for the iPhone at a later date.)

But all the overwhelming positive mentions of Tweetie kept eating away at me. Could something this loved be anything less than excellent? All of a sudden I was very keen to find out.

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