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Not quite twittelating enough

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Oh how times change in the fast paced world of social media. Last year, after finally getting my hands on my, now much loved, iPhone, I wrote a post based on a thorough test of the iPhone Twitter apps on the market. Looking back on my posts for 2009 I found my handset now tells a different story.

The Twitter apps on offer have evolved dramatically in the past few months but to me there’s still no one stop shop that meets all our tweeting needs. For anyone feeling unfulfilled by their current app, I recommend a combination of three to fully quench your thirst for 140 characters.

My all time favourite has to be Twittelator Pro, for the ease and scope of posting. No other app I’ve found allows you to post images, video, audio, geo tagging and even emoticons in one tweet. There are other nifty functionalities which ease use such as the ability to reply all and save messages to tweet later. The app also supports Twitter lists – useful for those who follow big numbers but like to monitor a select few more closely.

It may be damn clever but Twittelator Pro is still missing a few elements, for which I use two other apps in tandem.

Hootsuite, my all time favourite Twitter app on the desktop offers the ability to schedule tweets in advance – a must have for those managing multiple accounts.

Boxcar completes the package with push notifications – it’s mindboggling that Twittelator Pro has not caught on to this.

So months later yet still no complete offering. The market may be awash with products but there could still be a gap for an app that truly understands the extent of a Twitter addicts needs.

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January 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Are we over the iPhone

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Writing this post from my iPhone feels a little hypocritical. Being an iPhone junkie myself, I always assume others feel the same. The release of Twitter’s top trending topics for 2009 tells a different story.

Turn to the tech category and you will see a gaping hole in the list. The number one slot holds no surprises, with Google Wave stealing the show. But the shocker for me is the iPhone’s absence:

1. Google Wave
2. Snow Leopard
3. Tweetdeck
4. Windows 7
5. CES
6. Palm Pre
7. Google Latitude
8. #E3
9. #amazonfail
10. Macworld

With Palm Pre climbing to an impressive sixth place, the only conclusion I could draw is the light under the iPhone’s fire is beginning to dwindle.

The results may be a refection of the demographic of Twitter’s most prolific users. These early adopters will have been posting from their coveted Apple handsets for over a year and interest may have switched to newer models.

With Google’s Nexus One set to grace our palms in 2010, Apple may have some serious work to do to maintain its growth in iPhone sales.

Are you ready for a change of handset or will you remain loyal to the iPhone?

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December 16, 2009 at 8:13 am

Diagnosis: iphone app insecurity

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When you buy a box of chocolates you expect the chocolates to accompany the box as standard. The problem with buying the chocolates yourself, is you can’t help but feel everyone else has the caramel special you haven’t found yet.

Obviously, this analogy is about iPhone apps. I’ve scanned the Internet for the best reviews, asked for recommendations on Twitter and tested everything I can get my grubby hands on but can’t shift the nagging feeling that I might be missing out.

I wonder if this is a wide spread disorder. Do a quick scan of Twitter and you will find others looking for the same advice. There are also endless blogs promoting the latest must have apps. Heck, there are even apps to help you find new apps.

From the anxiety sweats and aching fingers I can tell I’ve come down with a case of iPhone app insecurity. Please feel free to use this as a forum/ support group to share your woes.

My current smorgasbord of apps:

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December 1, 2009 at 6:54 pm

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Still waiting for the ultimate twitter iphone app

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This week I joined the wonderful club of iPhone owners. It’s enhanced my tube journey by watching others salivate in technologic jealousy but has also revolutionalised my Twitter profile.

Being a bit of a geek, for months I have been researching the ultimate Twitter iPhone app and sneekily having a quick test on my boyfriends handset.

Tweetdeck was straight out because, well it’s pants. Twifferiffic was all a bit too funky for me and a lot of the free apps were out as they frustratingly don’t allow for multiple accounts.

When the iPhone arrived, I was down to a shortlist of three; the highly respected Tweetie 2, the nifty free Echofon and the unexpectedly useful outsider, Twitbird.

A week later and the truth is I’m still using all three. Tweetie 2 is a must if I want to keep up with client profiles on the go but I’m just not willing to give up the quick access that Twitbird brings or the funky features of Echofon, such as fast photo uploading.

It seems, whilst there are some sexy options on offer, they all seem to be missing a trick. I don’t mind flicking between apps but look forward to a truly consolidated offering.

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November 21, 2009 at 10:36 am