Twitter For iPhone Application Now Free in Apple App Store, Replaces Tweetie

May 19, 2010, By Intermaggio

Twitter’s official iPhone app has just been approved, and is now downloadable from the app store. This is great news for the public, but not so great news for 3rd party developers.

The application’s release comes after Twitter’s decision to purchase Tweetie, one of the leading 3rd party app developers for the product. The Twitter for iPhone application will have many of the great features we know and love from Tweetie, as well as some new ones.

  • Search has been reorganized, now you can search all tweets and find users in the same spot, view Top Tweets and Browse Suggested users.
  • Search results now include Top Tweets, try it with Trends…winner combo!
  • You can now use Twitter without an account! Search, Browse uses, view trends and top tweets.
  • Sign-up is now availabile within the application as well, complete with Suggested user list.
  • More tab has been re-organized to accomplish all this. Users with one account can add a second account under the Accounts and Settings button here.
  • Actions we’ve found people use most, like Retweet have been moved to the main actions bar.
  • Minor tweaks were made to tweet rendering so they match Twitter.com tweets

Despite these great new features, the new app has had some mixed reviews- users feel that the updated version loses a lot of the aesthetic appeal and ease-of-use of Tweetie, even if it does boast some more bells and whistles.

What do you think of the Twitter app as compared to Tweetie? Is the functionality worth the loss of aesthetics?

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