Sep 5, 2010 0
Twitter released their free app for both the iPhone and iPad and it’s my favourite client by a long shot. As a matter of fact I haven’t had so much fun going through my Twitter feed since Tweetie on my Mac.
Well no wonder! They’ve both been written by Loren Birtcher, formerly of apebits the company which he formed to write Tweetie, amongst other software. Twitter bought Tweetie from apebits in April and Loren has been working with the team on an official app since then.
There have been lots of grumbles about the fact that it doesn’t have a unified timeline but that’s one of the reasons I prefer it over Twitteriffic. I like having my follows, mentions and DMs as separate timelines and the app keeps my position within those different views whenever I switch. The UI itself is fluid and very responsive. Tapping on a tweet with a link slides the web viewer over from the right and stacks it over the feed like so.
If a tweet contains a link to a video the app doesn’t lock the timeline and you can still scroll up and down the feed as it loads. The app has some other nifty gestures as well. Pinching any tweet will show the author’s profile and dragging an entry down will display the conversation associated with it.
Twitter for iPad and iPhone is free in the App Store.