New versions of the official Twitter apps for iPhone and Android were released yesterday, both of which contain a wealth of new features, including a welcome return to Tweetie-style swipe functionality, as well as addressing concerns about the Find Friends feature that stored the phone contact lists of users without warning.
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The 2011 Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) gets underway at 10am in San Francisco today and as well as promised news on Mac OS X Lion and their new streaming iCloud service, Apple is expected to unveil the next generation of their mobile operating system: iOS5.
For Twitter users who own an iPhone or iPad, this is exciting stuff, as rumours suggest that Apple is ‘building Twitter in deeply’ into iOS5. But what exactly does that mean?
Good news – the Seesmic for iPhone app is finally available (iTunes download – it’s free).
I like it.
- It’s free.
- It’s clean, runs very quickly, and the interface is intuitive and easy-to-use.
- Includes native and traditional retweet support (including via), which is a huge plus.
- Support for your own bit.ly credentials.
- It’s very Tweetie-like. This is a good thing, but the timing of this release is unfortunate given Twitter’s official successor to Tweetie, Twitter for iPhone, also came out this week. It might be a little too like Tweetie to gain a lot of market share, especially as both apps are free.
- The Seesmic app supports Twitter, Facebook and Ping.fm. I’ve never been hugely bothered about having an ‘all in one’ aggregator for my mobile or desktop social media client – if I’m using Twitter, I’d rather the client focused its attention and resources 100 per cent on that – but the Facebook implementation here is efficient and handy if all you want is a quick look at your news feed. I don’t use Ping.fm so can’t comment there.
- Supports multiple accounts, and also cross-posting (something which I don’t like to see but others disagree).
- Evernote support.
I only have a couple of immediate issues. One, when you close the app and re-open it, it doesn’t remember exactly where you were. It knows that you were in Facebook or Twitter, and puts you back there, but on the latter it always starts on the home feed, and not where you left it (i.e., replies or in a list). This is something Tweetie does very well, and it’s a small but niggling oversight.
My second concern is from a marketing perspective. When you submit a tweet using the Seesmic iPhone app, it’s labelled simply ‘Seesmic’. For me, I would expect (and prefer) to see ‘Seesmic for iPhone’, and for Seesmic, I would think they would want to do this to benefit from the marketing exposure. Maybe I’m unusual, but when I see new clients in tweet information, I always check them out. As it is now, the vast majority of users will see ‘Seesmic’ and think nothing has changed. There’s an opportunity for growth there that I think might have been overlooked.
(You can suggest improvements and tweaks through a special feedback page that Seesmic has started.)
Seesmic founder Loic Le Meur (@loic) has recorded his usual enthusiastic video:
Overall, this is recommended. It’s not quite as slick as Tweetie/Twitter for iPhone, but there are a couple of extras here that should have some appeal, notably the support for old-style retweets and the Facebook implementation.
Twitter for iPhone – aka, Tweetie 3 – was released today. You can download it here (iTunes link). It’s free.
This 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.
- 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.
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.
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.