Twitter Apps

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Knowlege Bomb, Mar 16, 2009.

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    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I've been hearing about this twitter thing for a while and finally gave in and signed up for an account to see what all the hype is about. TBH I don't see the difference between it and Facebook status updates. Facebook actually offers MORE features unless there's something I'm missing.

    On to the question though. When I signed up, I figured I'd go for Tweetie because it's a paid app and it has good reviews (4 stars) which are both things that would suggest it was good. After using that for a while I found Twitterfon and downloaded for free. Personally I find Twitterfon to be a more polished app. They both do about the same thing but TF just looks better.

    Am I missing something here? Does Tweetie have advantages over it's free counterpart or is it just an aesthetic preference?
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    Sep 11, 2008
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    Sep 17, 2007
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    Mar 13, 2005
    I currently use Tweetie but I also used Twitterific and Twinkle a lot. I preferred Twinkle for a long time, but heard good things about Tweetie. TO be honest the only things its better at that I have found for me is that Tweetie loads a fraction quicker and that it has the ability to see the current 'trends' on twitter, or what people are twittering and 'hashing' about the most currently.

    Tweetie and Twinkle both have location features, though they are not compatible with each other, which to me is foolish as they're both just Google Maps URLs so surely they should be able to read nearby twits from whatever client people are using.

    Tweetie needs the option to change colours/themes in a future version, I thought this current version (1.3?) had it but I can't find it!!

    I know Stephen Fry (one of THE BIGGEST users of Twitter) is a Tweetie fan.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    Just because an app cost does not mean that its better than its free counterpart. For me the difference between facebook and twitter is that facebook is for finding old friends and twitter for making new ones.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2008
    We covered Twitter apps back in our second Podcast, though things have changed a bit with some of them since then.

    I split my own time between Tweetie and LaTwit. I much prefer Tweetie's UI when it comes to reading tweets, it's in my opinion the best by far visually, but if I know I'm going to be tweeting myself I'll fire up LaTwit since it just works better for that IMO. Basically, visually I prefer Tweetie but functionally I prefer LaTwit.

    Twitterfon was our favorite of the free Twitter apps as well though- both Tweetie and LaTwit have nice features that the free ones don't- especially if you have multiple accounts to deal with, so it mainly comes down to whether you use Twitter enough to justify paying the few bucks for the extra functionality...
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    Mar 13, 2005
    Kudos. Two very good points summing this up.
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    Oct 19, 2005
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    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I prefer Twitterfon myself. I guess it depends on each person's needs.
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    Oct 5, 2008
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    Sep 22, 2007
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    Jul 23, 2008
    Twittelator Pro is now back to my #1 choice since it went v2 recently ... they rewrote it ... lot faster and cleaner now ... twitterfon is my #2
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    Aug 29, 2006
    Gotta say Tweetie has won me over, from Twitterific which I use less and less. I'll check out Twittelator Pro, but Tweetie is pretty darn good for me (and linking with Instapaper too). The ability to easily change between twitter accounts i've found a winner.
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    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I love Tweetie. It's a joy to use.

    What you're missing is the 'tool for the job' reason.

    Facebook = iPhone
    Twitter = Shuffle

    If I'm going to the gym, what am I going to take?

    Put another way, I use Twitter to quickly share random thoughts with people I know (both in the real world and not) and to see what they're thinking. There is no way to do that on Facebook without maintaining the huge infrastructure that is a Facebook page. (Yeah, I could JUST use the FB message system, but who's gonna talk to someone with no other info on their page? No one will.)

    So just like a Shuffle is better than an iPhone in some situations, so is Twitter more useful than FB in certain situations.

    EDIT: The key to Twitter...and this is VERY this one simple rule:

    TWITTER RULE: Only follow people that say things you find interesting.

    It seems obvious, but too many people fall into the trap of following celebrities just because they're famous; or following strangers just because they followed you first; or following people who you like on their blogs but who don't use Twitter for much.

    Do those things and Twitter is boring. But find people who are funny and interesting and Twitter will be funny and interesting.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I find that its that first few days that make or break your twitter life ... it can be somewhat daunting

    My advise is to hunt out people into hobbies and subjects you like and start conversations...

    I have about 3 or 4 circles of people that i follow and am followed by that cover certain subjects, coffee, tech, photography and mac.... so i can have conversations with those people as well as following a few of the technoratie
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    Mar 26, 2008
  17. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2009
    A plug for SimplyTweet (I'm the developer). If you find it hard to navigate or follow reply chains especially - multiple clicks/touches, difficult to read, etc. Then you will probably like SimplyTweet's conversation view.
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    Minus Human

    Mar 5, 2008
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    Mar 16, 2009
    Twitterfon gets the job done. It's a good interface and it's free.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    El Paso, TX
    Tweetie is what I'm using and it is, in my opinion, the best.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2009
    agreed. i use tweetie for the time being but i find the UI to be hideous compared to other free twitter apps

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