An application programs user interface– or API– is not really something everyday tech individuals need to consider. At least not until Twitter revealed the variation 1.1 of its API in late 2012, that included a host of limitations that basically decimated advancement of new third-party Twitter apps. Already released third-party apps, such as Tweetbot, fortunately were given a stay of execution, however developers were required to make changes to their apps based on the new API.
When that news favorite, I downloaded and toyed around with the official Twitter app for iOS and I was far from amazed. The general functionality was fair, however nowhere as excellent as the various other third-party Twitter apps that I’d come to understand and enjoy. However, being of a curious mind I kept Twitter on my phone so that I could’ve a look at future updates. Recently, the app was upgraded to variation 5.7 and I decided to provide it a trial run as my default Twitter app. Has it altered for the better?
Browsing the Timeline
Instead of covering every facet of Twitter, which would be a bit much for anyone to check out, this review will focus on the functions that are engaged frequently by the average Twitter user– starting with searching the Timeline. Twitterrific 5, an additional popular third-party Twitter app, gets a great deal of credit for have an extremely minimal design. However, I find that Twitter does an excellent task of providing people tweets in a way that’s not just basic, but does an exceptional task of keeping everything in symmetry– though Tweetbot’s subtle gradient background permits your eyes to reset when checking out individual tweets.
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Using an official Twitter app suggests you’ll need to neglect advertisements, which are quickly recognizable.
Swiping a tweet exposes options to reply, retweet, preferred and share, and tapping the tweet changes you to the Information view. From this view you can access the exact same choices formerly pointed out, but also see the variety of times the tweet has been retweeted or favorited by other individuals (tap these options to see the individuals that retweeted/favorited the tweet).
Quickly interact with tweets by either swiping or tapping on it.
The Details view is likewise where you’ll access my favorite feature in Twitter– discussions. Unlike third-party apps that can only show replies to tweets, Conversation programs every tweet related to the initial tweet. Even if the tweet you select is not the original tweet, you can scroll to the top to review the entire chat from starting to end. This feature isn’t offered in variation 1.1 of Twitter’s API, and of the attributes to keep for themselves, chats is an excellent one for Twitter to have selected.
Viewing an entire chat is a great experience that’s distinct to Twitter.
Tapping the compose icon in the upper-right starts the procedure of producing a brand-new tweet. The compose view will change from all-time low and you are propelled to report “Exactly what’s happening” by the app. Typically utilized devices are spread out around the page in a little an odd plan. The menu bar above the keyboard offers choices to turn on/off your area, capture a brand-new photo or upload a photo. The @ and # signs are available in the lower-right, replacing an enter/return button, which felt a bit unusual in my use.
The position of the @ and # symbols takes some getting utilized to.
While not a brand name brand-new feature, having been introduced last December, you can improve and crop images, along with add a filter– the huge trend nowadays. The filters are serviceable, but I’ll end up sticking with using Instragram’s post to Twitter capability when I am jonesing for an image filter. Once you are finished including your text and images, you exist with a sneak peek of your fully crafted tweet. Tap the Tweet button in the upper-right as soon as you are done.
Filters are an obvious addition, though I have only found a couple of to be helpful.
Overall, I such as the compose view in Twitter and find that it’s really fluid, save for the position of the @ and # symbols, which takes some adjustment. However, when you do use @ or #, feasible matches will auto-populate below your inputted text making it really hassle-free for finding the right individual or hashtag. By contrast, Tweetbot one-ups the tweet composing experience by enabling you to access any drafts you’ve actually produced. You’ll need to check out the Me see to access your drafts in Twitter.
Auto-populated users and hashtags speeds up making up tweets.
Connect and Discover
A big part of using Twitter, like all social networks, is engaging with others and discovering new info– the latter of which is a staple of Twitter. It’s something for a Twitter app to be proficient at browsing timelines and composing Tweets, but if the app does not enable individuals to engage with various other individuals or allow you to look outside your present boundaries it’s not a full featured Twitter customer. Twitter knows this, and it shows in this app.
The Connect view is where you’ll find all the updates related to your task, consisting of mentions, brand-new fans and your tweets that have been favorited and/or retweeted. The Discover view, on the other hand, is where you’ll visit browse activity by other users, trends and following pointers.
Connect and Discovery are examples of fantastic functions special to Twitter.
If you are a Facebook individual, I am sure you recognize with how the News Feed displays statuses, images and pages that have actually been liked by your pals– all adding up to a rather spammy and completely annoying ordeal. Rather of filling out your timeline with similar tasks, Activity permits you to view tweets that have been favorited by the people you follow or individuals they’ve actually just recently started following. Trends, on the various other hand, is where you can find the topics that are currently abuzz on Twitter.
Activity and Trends provide information you may enjoy without requiring it on you.
Where Twitter Falls Short
While attributes like chats and the extensive discovery options create a fantastic experience, there are a variety of attributes in Tweetbot and Twitterific 5 that put Twitter to shame. If you like utilizing multiple gadgets, you’ll need to seek out your timeline position when you switch since there’s no syncing offered. I wish to see this provided in the future, and if Twitter wished to make this a killer function they’d actually set it so that timeline position syncs throughout all apps and the Twitter site.
Another function that I definitely adore in Tweetbot is muting– described as muffling in Twitterrific 5. You can mute users, hashtags, clients (e.g. Instagram, Vine) and keywords for various periods of time. Twitter does allow you to disable retweets from specific users, which is the muting function I used most often in Tweetbot, eventually making the change fairly smooth in terms of keeping those retweet spammers at bay.
The Bottom Line
After making use of Twitter as my default app for nearly two weeks, I have become quite keen on the experience it provides. When you pick a Twitter app you’ll have to make a few concessions, and you eventually need to choose exactly what’s more crucial to your day-to-day Twitter experience. Personally, I am willing to give up the timeline syncing for the capacity to check out whole conversations in a practical style– though the spectacular in-app noise impacts in Tweetbot will be missed out on a lot.
With that being said, I strongly motivate every Twitter individual to explore third-party options due to the fact that you may find that one of them provides a Twitter experience that’s more geared towards your tastes. For now, I plan on continuing to utilize Twitter in favor of Tweetbot for as long as it meets my demands. A minimum of till Tweetbot, or another third-party app, releases the next great attribute that I can’t do without.