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Using Twitter on your iPhone/iPod Touch

Using Twitter on your iPhone/iPod Touch

This is the third of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch.

As Twitter has received so much publicity recently, I thought it may be useful to write about Twitter applications you can use on your iPhone/iPod Touch. For anyone who isn’t sure what Twitter is, you may find my earlier posts on Twitter – what is it and how can it be used? and Finding people to follow on Twitter useful as an introduction. Please feel free to follow me, I am joeyanne on Twitter.

iPhone/iPod Touch applications for Twitter

Twitter applications are probably of most use to iPhone users as you can “tweet” to your hearts content wherever you are, whereas iPod Touch owners need to be within range of a wireless network to use the applications.

I’ve tried a few iPhone applications for use with Twitter, but the one I use most is Tweetie. Tweetie displays tweets in a similar way to the iPhone’s SMS interface as you can see in the screenshot below:

Tweetie screenshot

Tweetie screenshot

I have to admit I do really like the interface of Tweetie and it’s one thing that keeps me going back to Tweetie in favour of other applications. Another thing I really like about Tweetie is the ease with which you can link through to view people’s profiles and can add people to follow from the iPhone interface.

Favouriting or replying to a tweet is also easy – you just swipe across the tweet and the following options appear:

Tweetie options (reply, view profile, favourite)

Tweetie options (reply, view profile, favourite)

Tapping once on the tweet gives further options such as retweeting, posting a link to a tweet, mailing a link to a tweet and deleting your own tweets (I’m still hoping for the addition to edit tweets in future updates to Twitter!). You can also search Twitter from the Tweetie application, find people to follow and see the current trends.

Tweetie is currently £1.79 in the App Store, and I think it is worth it – it’s certianly my preferred Twitter app for my iPod at the moment.

Another good application for the iPhone/iPod Touch which is great feature wise is Twitterfon. Twitterfon is a free application and does everything that Tweetie does, it’s also quite easy to use, just not quite so pretty in my opinion.

I also tried the free version of Twitteriffic but I have to confess I didn’t like it much, the controls weren’t as intuitive as Tweetie or Twitterfon and the screen was too dark (there may be a setting to change this but I didn’t keep it long enough to find out).

There may well be other Twitter application for the iPhone/iPod Touch which are as good as if not better, do you have any recommendations (or reasons I should give Twitterfon/Twitteriffic another go)?

  • Mikayla
    Posted at 00:15h, 14 April Reply

    Umm Ok So Im Getting A Ipod Touch In 3 Weeks And I Was Wondering So Yoo HAve To Be In A Wireless Range To Get Online?? Or Can You Just Get Online??

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 10:32h, 15 April Reply

      Yes, you need to be in range of wireless internet to get online on the iPod Touch.

  • ashley
    Posted at 05:04h, 11 August Reply

    hello, I was wondering how do you get wireless internet from a ipod touch? another question is there a limit of tweeting?

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 13:01h, 15 August Reply

      Hi ashley, iPod Touch has wireless as standard so you just connect in the same way you would a laptop. You can use wireless hotspots (e.g. in towns), or you can use it to connect at home if you have a wireless router.

      I don’t think there is a limit to how many tweets you can send, there are a number of different Twitter applications for the iPhone/iPod Touch so you’d just need to download one of them and start tweeting (I still recommend Tweetie although sometimes also use Tweetdeck).

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