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Twitter On The iPhone: Which Data-Hogging App Costs You The Most Money? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Since its inception in 2006, Twitter has grown into something of a beast.

Just five years later, Twitter has an estimated 300 million users sending hundreds of millions of tweets per day. Pivotally, the company has seen mass-adoption around the world from users accessing the network with mobile handsets, from basic models in less-developed regions (where interacting with Twitter via SMS is their only option) to advanced smartphones in the wealthier territories.

While Android devotees might disagree, the best and biggest range of Twitter clients can be found on the iPhone, with a veritable plethora of slick and feature-rich choices available, including the official Twitter For iPhone, TweetDeck For iPhone, TweetBot, Echofon and Ubersocial.

This new infographic from Onavo, makers of a free app for the iPhone that shrinks your data usage (thus saving you money), takes a look at the most popular Twitter clients on the iPhone and rates them by how efficiently they consume data.

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New HootSuite For iPad Update: You Had Me At Two Columns (And Now You Have Three)

Long-term readers will likely be well aware of my love for web browser-based Twitter client HootSuite, which I converted to pretty much exclusively in April 2010. I’d guess probably 99% of my tweets come from HootSuite.com. Like many others, I hope, as I’d hate to see HootSuite go down because of freeloading, I also pay for the premium version.

On the iPad, HootSuite was already my client of choice, but it wasn’t perfect. A strange decision to permanently float the interface to control the streams on the left side of the screen meant that the user could only see two columns at any one time.

A couple of days ago HootSuite released a new upgrade of the app (2.1.2) which included a vast improvement to the user interface, and cemented the software’s position as the de facto iPad Twitter experience.

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TweetBot? Yeah, It’s Pretty Good, But Not Quite As Slick As Twitter For iPhone… Yet

Yesterday, most of the tech blogs (and, indeed, Twitter itself) came over all giddy at the release of TweetBot, a new, full-featured Twitter client for the iPhone that many pundits are suggesting is the first legitimate challenge to Twitter’s official app, Twitter for iPhone.

Billed as a ‘Twitter client with personality’, TweetBot is certainly nice to look at, and comes with a number of innovative features, but is it really as good as Twitter’s product?

Short answer: not quite, but assuming that they don’t fall foul of Twitter’s wrath, TweetBot could very well be the client of choice in versions to come.

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HootSuite Keeps Getting Better And Better

Tons of new features in the latest build of HootSuite, which was released earlier today, including:

  • A completely redesigned interface (which I have to say looks fantastic and gives you a lot more screen space to work with)
  • A choice of three new themes (I’ve gone for Blue Steel)
  • Google Analytics integration
  • GeoSearch
  • Drag & Drop Upload – in Chrome, Firefox and Safari, simply drag a file from the desktop to the message box and it automatically uploads and provides a shortened link
  • Enhanced Facebook integration
  • Twitter-style retweets (ON by default – I switched it off, but it’s nice to have the option, although I’d prefer it if this was offered each time you clicked the RT button)
  • Language support
  • HTML5 ensures your social streams display even faster

It all looks brilliant, and I’ve only just started playing around with the features. I particularly like the improvements they’ve made to the profile pop-ups, and everything feels really slick and modern.

What’s still missing is Bit.ly support. Maybe next time HootSuite, eh?

UPDATE: A few people have asked me how you get back the old-style retweets. Click on the Owl icon at the top-left of HootSuite, and select Settings > Preferences and uncheck the ‘use Twitter web retweets’ box.

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