Over the last year my use of Twitter has developed from simply geek-chic & vanity, to it being a genuinely useful tool for my work/ministry & interests. I’ve connected with a huge number of people around the country (and some further afield) who have shared resources, experiences & conversations which have been of great value. As my Twitter use has developed, I’ve had to find appropriate tools to keep up with everything.
For a long time I used Twhirl on my desktop for multiple accounts, and it served me well, but was lacking in some areas. So I moved to Tweetdeck and have been very happy with it as a desktop client. Unfortunately it is let down by some hugely frustrating issues with its sister app for the iPhone.
The biggest issue is its instability: it crashes up to four times a day with very little pattern or consistency. The only consistent crash is when I try to ‘unfavourite’ a tweet – when it dies every time.
But there are areas of functionality which drive me crazy and make it almost unusable. When returning to the app (either via the Home screen or the Multitask bar) it re-starts the app rather than returning to its previous state:
- all previously unread tweets are marked as read
- the interface scrolls to top of tweets and so losing your place in the timeline
- if you open a tweet and follow a link then open it in Safari, returning to the app loses your place (as above)
- if you scroll down the tweet list, slide across to a different column, then back, and it’s scrolled back to the top
When introducing the multitasking functions of IOS4, the Apple website says ‘Apps can remember where you left off. So when you return to the app, you can jump right back into […] whatever you were doing.‘ This seems to have completely passed by the developers of Tweetdeck.
Also, if you tap on a tweet, then the user’s profile, then the ‘recent tweets’ tab, you can’t interact with those tweets in the way you can with the main timeline (add favourites, etc)
There are a couple of areas of functionality which seriously lacking:
- there is no landscape mode when viewing tweets or webpages (pretty fundamental error)
- there is no option to schedule tweets (unlike the desktop interface)
Other than that, it’s a nice product ;o) but I’m afraid I’m no longer using the app – instead I’m trying Hootsuite for iPhone.
Do you have any Twitter app recommendations? Share them below…