When it comes to Twitter, there’s no shortage of computer, mobile, and web clients. And thankfully there aren’t. The simple timeline interface of Twitter invites developers to create all sorts of creative user interfaces and approaches to viewing and interacting with Twitter content.
While the official Twitter client is enough for average users, Twitter power users will want to try other programs. Two fairly new Twitter apps for the iPad—Quip and Thirst—take very different approaches to Twitter, but both are worth downloading and checking out.
If your Twitter contacts are among the few users who actually carry on conversations on Twitter, instead of simply posting copious links, then Quip ($0.99 cents) could be a very useful Twitter iPad app. With Quip, tweet exchanges are grouped together and can be expanded and viewed as part of the timeline rather than on a separate page.
However, what you may first notice most about Quip is how large the profile icons and tweets are. They pop out at you when you launch the app. Some users may find their size a little disconcerting. On the other hand, the larger size means you don’t have to tap to a second page to retweet, reply, or favorite a tweet. Icons for these actions are part of each tweet.
You can also tap and view profile information without going to a separate page. I find this extremely useful and a huge time saver, especially when I quickly want to follow or block a user. You can also get a pictorial display of the users your contacts are following. In addition, tapping a user’s icon displays his/her profile in a single window; no tapping two or three times to see that information.
Also, if you view a lot of photos in your Twitter stream, Quip has a devoted timeline of your the most recent photos. All of them are displayed on a separate page, and tapping on one reveals the tweet it is attached to.
The only thing I find a little annoying about Thirst is that links to web pages in Quip open up in an entirely separate window. I don’t want to leave the timeline entirely to view webpages. Nonetheless, if you’re looking to try a new Twitter client for your iPad, Quip may well be worth the download.
Thirst (Free) is a Twitter client that tries to deliver a newspaper style presentation of your timeline. You can of course view your timeline in the traditional way, but Thirst also has a Newspaper view that condenses and categorizes tweets in a display of photos, topics and contacts.
When you tap on a topic, say Apple, you get all the related tweets, headlines, and links for viewing. The app reminds me more of the magazine RSS feed app, Flipboard.
Unfortunately, however, Thirst can be slow, and in my test, it often crashes—perhaps because it’s trying to load too much material at once. Scrolling in Thirst is not as smooth as in other similar apps. And it can sometimes take a while to fetch web pages.
These problems don’t mean you shouldn’t download Thirst and give it try. You might find the Newspaper feature useful for browsing lots of information about topics. If you follow Twitter Trends a lot, you also get a nice visual display of topics in that area as well.
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