Interesting new app experiment by betaworks: #Homescreen gets the latest screenshot from your library and, assuming that's a Home screen image, it shares it at a public URL and even recognizes apps in it. You can then tap on app icons to view their description, or you can go to the website's homepage to view other people's Home screens and view the Top Apps found in #Homescreen screenshots.
Home Screens are the most popular section of our MacStories Weekly newsletter, and I'm constantly asked by readers to share my Home screen and show them which apps I'm using. People love to look at Home screens to discover apps, and it makes sense for betaworks – a company that's highly invested in analytics to improve their products – to come up with something like this.
Twitter related apps are on 85.5 percent of homescreens. Given that the sample was based on Twitter users there’s sample bias to the Twitter number, but despite that there are some interesting conclusions to draw out of the data. Seventy-nine percent have one Twitter app on their homescreen, 6.5 percent have 2 or more and 14 percent have none — presumably these users use Twitter via the browser or an app not on the homescreen. Vine is on 12 percent of people’s homescreens, which is impressive. But Twitter’s client app is only on 37% of homescreens and third-party clients are on a whopping 55 percent of devices, with one client, Tweetbot, making up a full 49.5 percent of the sampled homescreens. It’s remarkable that a non-Twitter owned client has more market share than Twitter’s client. It’s a byproduct of the early adopter sample bias, but I think it points to the fact these users — myself included — prefer using a different, and more advanced, workflow for Twitter.