I’m always a twitterfon (now echofon) fan for its ease-of-use, a good twitter application for tech dodo like me. Also, compared to other iPhone/iPod touch twitter application, twitterfon/echofon seems to load the fastest. I guess due to its minimalist design, just built with the basic and most used features, it loads faster. But I find Twitterfon/echofon too limited.
* There is no way for me save ‘searches.’ Though, it has a ‘History’ feature which saves the past keywords you searched.
* There is no way for me to group the people I follow. With the number of people I follow increases, I somehow need to organize them into groups. This way, I can read tweet updates by group of people.
So my perfect iPhone/iPod Touch twitter application is something that has all the features of twitterfon/echofon plus the above 2 features I mentioned. I tried downloading other most known twitter applications but it seems almost all twitter application do not have the ability to group people I follow except for Tweetdeck and Twittelator. The problem with Tweetdeck is that I always experience ‘crashing.’ Twittelator is full packed with features which becomes more of a disadvantage for me because I find it already too complicated to use. Plus, I always find twittelator’s touch sensitivity a bit weird — I cannot seem to find the perfect touch timing to make it do what I want it to do.
Then, I found the TwitBird. It has a free and a Pro or paid version. I just downloaded the free version because I felt I bought too many twitter applications which I was tad disappointed. But then they had a promo giving out the TwitBird Pro for a limited time so I grabbed the chance and downloaded it. You know how I am a sucker for any thing free. I think the only obvious difference between the paid and the free version is that you can only have 1 twitter account, though there are little things which are only in the paid version.
Following are the main features that I love most about this application which I think you cannot find them all in other twitter applications. Other might have just one of the following but not all.
The people you follow are arranged alphabetically which makes grouping as easier task to do.
I like how you can preview the pictures without opening a new browser for it, more or less similar to how you can preview picture in Gravity. The picture shows up in the same window with the tweet. This greatly saves time of having to open it on another viewer.
I really find it handy that I can edit my Location, Web, and Bio straight from the application. I do not usually find this capability in most twitter applications.
Translate and Email Tweet
I do not really have much use of ‘Translate’ feature, but ‘Email Tweet’ has some use to me — like I find an interesting tweet which I might like to create a post about.
I also like the way the tweet a user replied to is displayed at the bottom of the reply. It gives you a preview of what their conversation is about.
These are just few of the features of TwitBird that strike me most. There are still a lot features which you can check by trying their free version. It is moderately priced at $2.99 (which is around Php 150.00). With all the scandals and negative news that were thrown at Made-in-China products — from milks with melamine, toys with lead, and the scare of piracy — the TwitBird twitter application is certainly here to redeem the Made-in-China reputation. I can say that the TwitBird twitter application has done it right — it has all the features and more that I had been badly looking for.