View Full Version : Best Free Twitter App? 3.0 Compatible?

Jun 12, 2009, 03:17 PM
I don't usually make posts, just read people I'm following...

Any know of any apps that will be 3.0 compatible with Push notifications?


Jun 12, 2009, 03:20 PM
I like Tweetie; no word on whether that will get Push or not, but I know you can sign up on Twitter to get SMS alerts when your "followees" (??) update. If none have push anytime soon (and if you have unlimited texting), that may be an option for you.

Jun 12, 2009, 03:22 PM
I would imagine all of the big players will be supporting PUSH: tweetie, twitterrific, twitterfon.

Jun 12, 2009, 03:33 PM
TwitterFon just released an update today saying it has been tested with 3.0 in general.

No mention of notifications though.

Jun 12, 2009, 03:38 PM
Twitteriffic works fine on 3.0, twitterfon was giving me errors even though the last version I tried said 3.0 compatible. Didn't try the one released today yet.

Jun 12, 2009, 03:43 PM
Love Tweetie - imagine they'll get push notifications as they're one of the bigger Twitter apps.

Small White Car
Jun 12, 2009, 03:52 PM
First off, I love Tweetie. Worth the money.

But secondly, what use is push for a Twitter app? You're constantly getting updates! I mean, I guess you could set it for DMs only, or just for a single person, but the idea of Twitter Push Notifications seems a bit odd. When you read Twitter, you know what's going on right now. When you don't read it, you miss what people are saying.

Just like a real conversation.

So I'm having a hard time seeing the point. You'd ALWAYS have a badge with something like "25" on the app's icon!

Jun 12, 2009, 03:53 PM
Yea, but I don't follow that many people... So I wouldn't have that many... Maybe a few a day...

Jun 12, 2009, 04:05 PM
anyone know if this is possible? i check my twitter on both my pc and iphone (using tweetie), is there anyway to make either app auto scroll to the place where the other app last read to? its annoying reading 20 tweets say on my desktop, go onto my iphone saying 30 new tweets and having to scroll through them all even though ive read them on my desktop.

Jun 12, 2009, 04:07 PM
Tweetie is a great app that just won an Apple Design Award at WWDC.

Jun 12, 2009, 04:37 PM
I read that Tweetie won't be supporting Push Notifications because it's not supported by Twitter. These are just push notifications, it doesn't allow the application to fetch the data every once and a while. Currently, Twitter doesn't allow in its API to push tweets to different Applications, it only pushes them as SMS.


While that appears to be a viable workaround, I assume it would not only require more or less the same amount of work, but also would be harder to implement, since most users have different hardware / software / network configurations at their end. Apart from that, there would be the unnecessary need for the user's computer to be in Always On mode.

Wait, what am I saying? The above is not even an option. The way Push Notifications work, the server is first connected directly to Apple's own Push notification cloud that then pushes notifications via the API to the app. Of course there's more technicality to this, I need to read through the 3.0 documentation, but from what I understand, the app, when being used, interacts directly with the source data, in this case, twitter. Now, when you quit the app, the direct link breaks but Apple maintains a persistent link with their notification cloud and the phone. Hence, unless the source data (twitter), sends data to Apple, you won't receive any notifications.

From Atebits, creator of Tweetie:
^^ has it right. Long story short, Twitter has to do the heavy lifting for Push.

If you want to see this feature, I strongly recommend letting them know: