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There was a time in distant memory when Twitterific was my iPhone Twitter client of choice. I loved it, too. The look, the function, the icon, everything was great.
Over time, my Twitter usage changed, and Twitterific was no longer meeting my needs. So, when Tweetie came on the scene and provided a lot of the features I was missing (built-in Twitter search, follow/unfollow abilities, easy account switching), I followed Olly’s advice and jumped ship. I haven’t looked back since.
Twitterific (iTunes link) today gave me a reason to look back, since their 2.0 update has gone live in the App Store. The new version brings all kinds of great new features, like follow/unfollow, full profile view, threaded conversations displayed on their own page, integrated Twitter search and trending topics, and a nice UI overhaul. Basically, it brings everything it was missing to the table, making it a much better client for heavy/advanced Twitter users, especially if you manage multiple accounts.
Honestly, I’m a creature of habit, and I wasn’t expecting Twitterific to be able to woo me away from Tweetie at this point. After spending only a couple of minutes with the new software, however, I’m not so sure I’ll be able to resist changing horses. Twitterific is (and always has been) graphically beautiful. Tweetie is no slouch when it comes to looks either, of course, but in my opinion, it doesn’t hold a candle to the gorgeous Twitterific interface that Craig Hockenberry and the Iconfactory team have come up with.
With the 2.0 update, Twitterific no longer sacrifices any features or function in exchange for its good looks. The new “Sources” menu is a great way to organize multiple accounts, access the public timeline, perform a search, or see trending topics. You can also create and save your own custom searches, and then they’ll show up as Sources in this menu, so you don’t have to go to another page. The one-stop shopping approach is better even than Tweetie’s implementation of the same features. When I’m away from the computer, I really miss the multicolumn/window layout of programs like Tweetie for the Mac, Nambu, and TweetDeck, but Twitterific’s Sources page goes a long way to making me feel more at home with a mobile client.
They’ve also done a good job with mentions, DMs, and favorites by hiding them all in a filters menu indicated by a funnel-shaped icon. It provides quick access to everything, including their own “Marked tweets” feature which allows you to save Tweets for later without actually making them a favorite. The only complaint I have with the bottom menu is the asterisk icon for contextual actions when tweets are selected, since it doesn’t intuitively seem like the place I would look for re-posting, etc. The features offered within that menu are excellent, and include threaded conversation viewing, emailing, searching @author, and viewing the author profile.
Even though I never considered it before, I’m probably going to pay up for the full version of Twitterific Premium ($3.99, iTunes link) thanks to this update. Sure, the ads don’t really detract much from the user experience with the free version, but it’s such a polished, well put-together piece of software that I genuinely feel like rewarding the devs directly for their efforts. Cheers to Iconfactory for really taking the time to make this update an awesome contender for the iPhone Twitter crown. Pay attention, Tweetie, because the glove’s now been dropped. And when your competition offers a free, ad-supported version, that’s not something you can take lightly.