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Tweetie 2 Is Out – Early Impressions Are Very Positive

Tweetie 2 iPhone app

We ‘ve done a lot of talking about Tweetie 2 here over the last couple of weeks, and some debating and arguing as well.  Now the app has hit the App Store, and we can start talking about it on its merits as a Twitter app again as well.

I ‘ve been playing around with the app for a few hours now, talking to my colleagues here at JAiB about it, and watching what many others are saying on Twitter of course.  It seems like early impressions are very good ones in most cases.

Hit the jump for some screencaps, some thoughts from the guys here, and some very brief, very early impressions

Here are some of the initial reactions from some of the JAiB writers:

Brandon:

If I had to make a prediction – he’ll get another design award for this

and

Make sure you post about the coolness of the compose screen and the "near me".

I agree on both the last two points (and wouldn ‘t bet against his first one either).  The Compose screen is very slick, big, and clean “ with an ability to toggle shown/hidden a very nice set of action buttons

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Josh:

I’m liking all the little fine touches. the sound effects when swiping over something, the gentle animations. The eye candy doesn’t get in the way, but definitely makes the app feel mature.

Things like the subtle blue dot highlights on timeline / mentions / DM views to show new items (see screenshot at the top of the post) are one of those touches that I like.

It also handles cheeseburger related tweets quite well (sorry Josh) 

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Thomas:

seriously impressed so far. I wish more apps were like this

Quite a few other iPhone app junkies seem to like it as well, judging by what I ‘ve been seeing on Twitter so far

Tweetie 2 iPhone Twitter app

Some things I have noticed and like:

The scroll and pull-down to refresh in timeline and mentions views is very nice and comfortable to use. Not sure why it ‘s not working on the DMs view, but my DMs view is a little odd anyway “ it only shows two recent direct messages, whereas Tweetie on the desktop shows tons.

The ‘In Reply to ‘ button on individual tweets is a superb addition “ as it lets you see what somebody was replying to, even if you weren ‘t directly involved in the conversation “ and the conversation thread view is quite nice as well

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I like that when you hit ‘Close ‘ on the Compose screen with any characters typed in, it prompts you to save “ into the new Drafts area. 

As Brandon mentioned, the Nearby feature is implemented very well “ with not just a list of people tweeting near to you, but a map with lots of lovely blue drop-pins

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Being able to add someone ‘s Twitter account details to your iPhone Address Book straight from their profile page within the app is another good new feature

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Some folks were not so happy to see Tweetie 2 hit of course 🙂

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I saw quite a few people commenting on the fact that there ‘s no built-in push capability in Tweetie 2.  I ‘m really not fussed about that, as I ‘m not the world ‘s biggest fan of push anyway, and there are several good options to do the pushing for it.

OK “ so how about you all?  Tried out Tweetie 2 yet?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?

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  • You missed my only complaint so far … The lack of a black theme like Tweetie v. 1 had. I really liked having the dark!

    Other than that I'm really loving nearly everything about the app – Heck of a job @atebits!

    • Oops – my bad mate. I tend to hate dark themes, so I may have been blind to that comment 🙂

  • OMG OMG OMG. My face appeared on JAIB 😉
    I like the app. One thing I may have against it is that there is too much. Yes I know, we like all the great features and everything but after trying it for a few minutes I feel a little overwhelmed.
    Also, a lot of the features available already were in Echofon.

    • LOL. I think the 'overwhelmed' feeling is one you can get from most of the full-featured Twitter apps by now. They all pack loads and loads of fucncionality in.

  • Raphael

    Damn, the only thing that lacking is push notifications

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  • Re: Push Notifications: I thought I would like twitter push notifications but ever since I bought BoxCar, I've just put off setting it up. Every time I think about it, I think about email productivity tips recommending to only check email a couple times daily rather than refreshing every second. Notifications should be used for things that truly are urgent and important so as to avoid interrupting yourself all throughout the day. Otherwise, all I'll get done everyday is just read email and twitter messages.

  • Re: Push Notifications: I thought I would like twitter push notifications but ever since I bought BoxCar, I've just put off setting it up. Every time I think about it, I think about email productivity tips recommending to only check email a couple times daily rather than refreshing every second. Notifications should be used for things that truly are urgent and important so as to avoid interrupting yourself all throughout the day. Otherwise, all I'll get done everyday is just read email, rss, and twitter messages.

    • I still use push – for mentions and DMs – but I debate whether to continue with it nearly every day. I feel very similarly to you in terms of how much of a distraction this becomes. I find the more I use push via several different apps, the more I realize there are only very few that I really want push from.

      • I practically live in my email and twitter, but more and more is becoming twitter DMs and mentions. I prefer the short quick exchanges of twitter over the longer email that takes more thought and form. I have several push email accounts, all pushing instantaneously, and actually feel antsy when I have to wait a couple minutes for Gmail to auto-check every 15 minutes! LOL! I love the twitter push, facebook push, news alerts push, weather alerts push, etc. Maybe I have push overload, but I like having info pushed to me all day long. Keeps me in the loop on so many things. Very productive! 😀

  • I have been really impressed with the new version. Foremost is the way the app is constructed so that you can use it for really basic Twitter functionality, but that it also has many deeper layers for advanced or power users. Intuitive, layered and just flat out the new standard for Twitter apps on the iPhone.

    • Glad to hear it's working well for you. What ws your previous favorite Twitter app?

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