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Tweetie 2

Tweetie 2.0 IconTweetie 2 ($2.99) has been available since October 5. We all know about Tweetie 2’s new features, so rather than do another run through I’ll just make a few points regarding what I like and what I don’t.

The Good

  • Pull down to refresh: When viewing your timeline, simply drag past the search bar and a refresh bar will appear. It’s similar to Birdfeed’s infinite scrolling, but a little bit more useful.
  • Birdhouse integration: Hitting close after composing a tweet offers you the option to save, save to Birdhouse, or to don’t save your tweet at all. Now I can write drafts in Tweetie 2 and publish them from Birdhouse. The only unfortunate part is that this feature single handedly pushed Birdhouse to my second home screen.
  • Nearby map: A beautiful way of viewing nearby Twitter users.
  • Favorite indicator: The little star in the upper right hand corner is perfectly done.
  • Trend explanations: Sometimes trends show up and I have no idea what they are, tapping the little tag icon in the bottom left corner while viewing the trend gives an explanation of the trend.

The Bad

  • Multiple accounts: It’s now impossible to disable multiple accounts in Tweetie, which means that the “Accounts” button will always sit in the upper left hand corner when viewing your timeline, it’s unnecessary clutter.
  • Settings: No longer in the Settings application, yet again, unnecessary clutter.
  • The black navigation bar: The black bar in timeline view is a little shorter than in other apps. The icons don’t have text underneath them and therefore the bar is shorter. It isn’t a big deal, but at first glance looks strange on the iPhone’s screen.
  • Single tweet view: Tweetie 2 still uses the Tweetie 1 style blue bar in single tweet view, not the new black bar. I’ve explored every bit of the application and haven’t been able to find another instance of this old style blue bar.

The Rest

Tweetie 2 is easily the best Twitter client I’ve ever used, and if nothing else, set the bar incredibly high for the competition. I’m not sure how long until other developers react to the feature set in Tweetie 2 but it will certainly make for more positive user experiences.

Loren Brichter has already detailed some of the features to look forward to. Obviously there will be bug fixes but as soon as Twitter flips the switch on new style retweets, per-tweet geotagging, and lists, Tweetie 2 will support those as well.

atebits.

Previously:
10/1/09:
Tweetie 2.0 is Coming Soon

Update 11/8/09: MG Siegler has written a piece for TechCrunch detailing the new features coming in Tweetie 2.1. Lists, new style retweeting, and geolocation are there along with a myriad of other features.

Update 11/30/09: Tweetie 2.1 has hit the App Store with new style retweets, geolocation, and lists. I’m loving lists and I’m really happy with the implementation of retweets.

Tweetie 2.0 is Coming Soon ➝

TweetieLoren Brichter has announced that Tweetie 2 will soon be released for the iPhone and then the Mac, also saying on Twitter that Tweetie 2 was submitted to the App Store Tuesday night.

Loren wrote a rather detailed announcement on the atebits blog talking about the upcoming release. Tweetie is still one of my favorite Twitter clients and although I have been using Birdfeed, I’m eagerly anticipating the release of Tweetie 2.

Loren Brichter on Tweetie 2:

It contains a metric ton of new stuff. There is full persistence – not just caching tweets for offline reading, but remembering where you are in the app. You could be viewing a conversation of a tweet of a recent mention of one of your followers, quit the app (or get a phone call), and when you come back, the entire UI stack is restored.

Persistence may be Tweetie 2’s biggest feature, it makes switching between applications feel less like quiting and reopening and more like actually switching. That’s not to say that Tweetie 2 doesn’t have other new and fantastic features, because it does. There is now a full offline mode, meaning you can favorite, follow, block, and reply while offline and when you reconnect all of those changes are pushed to Twitter.

There is also threaded conversations, full landscape support, multiple attachments manager, drafts manager, new-style retweet support, Read it Later, Instapaper, etc. Like Loren said, a metric ton. Smoking Apples has a great write up of all the new features, including a slew of screenshots.

Now comes the question of price. Tweetie 2 will cost $2.99, even if you’ve already purchased Tweetie. There have been many writers complaining about the cost. Honestly it seems like they are just too cheap to drop $3 on an app that they will likely use everyday for a year, that’s just over eight-tenths of a cent per day. If you don’t want to spend that kind of cash then just don’t buy it. Tweetie 1 will work just fine for you.

A lot of work goes into upgrades like this, the core of Tweetie has been completely rewritten. I personally believe that developers should get paid for their work, I’ll happily lay down my $3 when Tweetie 2 hits the App Store.

Update 10/19/09: Tweetie 2