best twitter app?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by heyp, Aug 7, 2008.

  1. heyp macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2008
    i decided to give twitter a shot even tho i don't really get it entirely... what's the best twitter app for the iphone?
  2. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

    Jun 20, 2007
    Skip Twitteriffic and go to Twinkle. Much more responsive.
  3. trunksu macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008
    i thought twinkle doesn't show the twitter servers. so the public timeline you're seeing isn't twitters it's twinkles. plus you have to create an additional account with Twinkle.
  4. jaseone macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2004
    Houston, USA
    Twinkle has too much eye candy for me, I much prefer Twittelator has just enough polish to look nice without distracting from its functionality. Although I'm not a real fan of how it shrinks the font size for long tweets.

    EDIT: Fixed my bad grammar. :eek: Usually I'm the one complaining about such things although your/you're is my biggest pet peeve...
  5. calvy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    Twinkle for me. The Nearby feature is the only reason I even twitter now days.
  6. Marky macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2005
    Ok, stupid question I know but what exactly are Twinkle and Twitter?

    Before anyone says it I know they're apps on the app store :)
  7. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    From the Wiki:

  8. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
  9. opticalserenity macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2007
  10. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
    Am I the only one who actually has trouble reading this? I read it "without distracting from it is fuctionality" ... I mean, it's actually difficult for me to read when people make mistakes like this.

    Am I the only one that has this difficulty? It's even harder for me when people mix up their "theres."
  11. cohenspire macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    around dc
    Obviously you're the only one that has such a big issue with it that you had to make a post about it.

    But yes it is annoying and something you will always have to deal with on the internets.
  12. yoAlex macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2008
    SoCal - The O.C.
    So it seems like it's Twitterriffic vs Twinkle ... Is this still the case with the other new tweet apps now available? Any concerns with creating yet another profile for twinkle- security issues?
  13. pcorajr macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    Twinkle is a good App but i hate the fact that i di not see the Twitter timeline. I also do not like the fact that it uses its own network and that you have to sing up.

    Sometimes you talk to somebody in Twinkle but once you start using Twitter via desktop or web browser you find out that you cannot talk to this person because they are only in Twinkle.
  14. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    They are all free, no? Or pretty much all of them at least anyway. So try them and see which one you like best, as no doubt it will be a personal thing.
    As much as I wanted to like it, the fact these apps become a mass dumping ground for brain farts by the socially inept is off putting to say the least. Still, your milage may vary!
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The nearby feature is really a great feature, and Twinkle has come a long way since it was first released. I really like it also. Although I do have to admit I haven't actually talked to anyone who shows up on Twinkle nearby.

    What amazes me is that the Twitter community is still so small. Nearby is basically considered the entire Chicagoland area, and yet there is not such an insane volume of nearby posters that it's unusable. Although, does nearby only consist of Twinkle users or perhaps only consist of users who have geotagging?
  16. Warbrain macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Twinkle uses their own server for the location aspect. If that goes down, you may not be able to tweet at all.

    Plus, Twinkle crashes with just one little error in the cache.

    I use Twitterrific. The interface and GUI is much better.
  17. yoAlex macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2008
    SoCal - The O.C.
    I did download Twinkle and Trriffic ... but I'm hesitant to dive into Twinkle as it require a separate sign up and such ... thus my post
  18. rizajj macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2008
    Twinkle sign-up is not a big deal. it's just your email addy, really. and im pretty sure you can do it all through the app itself.

    anyway, you can still 'follow' people in twitter who dont use geo tagging and they'll show up in Twinkle.

    I tried all three Twitter apps and I found Twinkle is the best, but if you don't like/don't plan to use the "nearby" aspect, then skip it.

    otherwise, it's definitely the best of the bunch.
  19. spooky2k macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2008
    So am I correct in thinking that Twitter is facebook statues updates but without the rest of what facebook offers? (except twitter makes a point of notifying you of everyone's updates).

    I decided earlier this month to dive in and see what the fuss is about but I don't get it. I'm thinking of cancelling my membership.
  20. FaustArp macrumors regular


    Jul 6, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    twitters stupid. Should just be called Stalker. Who cares what my friend ate for breakfast or what he wiped is ass with that night
  21. spooky2k macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2008
    Aha, so twitter is:
    'A web site dedicated to the facebook stalking feature'
  22. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2005
  23. sgibson macrumors regular


    Mar 24, 2008
    If that's what your friends Tweet about you need to consider some better friends. Twitter is great (and Twinkle in particular) when you're in town and tweet "anyone want to meet up for coffee" and get a couple of people to meet up with.

    Twinkle does use its own network but also posts to Twitter if you tell it to and will read your Twitter friends feed. I prefer it over Twitterific (which I use on OSX) because of the nearby feature and its colour coding is much better. Not a fan of the starry background, but it's not so bad to be distracting. Twinkle have also said they will be all over the push notification service when it launches and may be one of the only Twitter apps that can implement it because they run their own server to process your Twitter feed.

    Twinkle also has a beautifully integrated photo option so you can take a photo in the app and upload to the Twinkle servers. In the Twinkle app these then show up as an attachment to the post and in other Twitter apps show up as a link.

    I would love to see Twinkle hook up with the clever people at who have a really great grasp on interacting with the Twitter service, but don't have the time to port it from a web app to a native iPhone app which would give them the really nice geolocation features integrated.

    I spent a few days initially with Twinkle and wasn't keen, tried Twitteltor and wasn't impressed and then used Twitterific for about three weeks. With the amount of fuss people made with Twinkle I gave it another go and have since uninstalled Twitterific purely because of the nearby and photo features.

    They're all free, download them all and spend a few hours seeing which one works for you, though if you're new to Twitter it may seem fruitless until you have a decent number of people you want to follow. I've been on Twitter for well over a year and it's only the last few months it's started to become really useful and fun. Best hint, don't follow all the web 2.0 celebrities, follow 50 people that Twitter near you.
  24. kwjohns macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2007
    Don't use it then....?

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