Friday, October 09, 2009

Who's Says The Sequel Is Never Better Than The Original?

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The Twitter client that redefined Twitter clients has returned and Tweetie 2.0 is even better than the original. My timeline on Twitter became a discussion board for Tweetie 2.0 as the news circulated and everyone discussed the enhanced functionality and design.

This update was made available as a complete new build as the client was rewritten from the ground up with a fast and powerful new core. As the iPhone app has been rebuilt it's available as a premium download and doesn't replace Tweetie instead operating independent. I have both version installed but I have no reason to return to the former as Tweetie 2.0 offers many features and functionality that leave us spoilt for choice.

I would have liked push notifications and the ability to create lists but I suspect that with Twitter introducing Lists soon that we may see that made available through the API. Overall I feel this is the best Twitter client available at the moment by some distance and you need this in your life -
  • Seamlessly handle multiple Twitter accounts
  • Explore all of Twitter, from your own timeline and mentions, to the favorite tweets of your followers and friends
  • Full persistence: more than just caching tweets, Tweetie 2 restores your entire UI if you quit or get a phone call
  • Fantastic new offline mode. Read, tweet, favorite, follow, save to Instapaper and more even when you don't have a connection. Your actions will be synced as soon as you go back online
  • Full landscape support (configurable of course)
  • Live-filter your tweet stream
  • Post photos and videos, even configure your own custom image host
  • Vastly improved compose screen with recent hashtags, @people picker, URL shortening and more
  • Compose screen multiple-attachments manager
  • Drafts manager ensures you never lose a tweet (and you can even send drafts to Birdhouse)
  • Link Twitter contacts to Address Book contacts
  • Follow, unfollow, block and unblock from multiple accounts simultaneously
  • Saved searches sync with and the upcoming Tweetie 2 for Mac
  • Autocomplete recent searches and Go-to-user
  • Threaded Direct Messages and improved conversation navigation
  • TextExpander integration
  • Rich integration with Follow Cost, Tweet Blocker, and more
  • Edit your own Twitter profile
  • Specify custom API roots on a per-account basis
  • Nearby map view
  • Translate tweets
  • Preview short URLs
  • Safari bookmarklet support for easily sharing links
  • In-app rich text email composition
  • Tons of little things, including improved avatar caching, auto-refresh, refresh-all, seamless Twitlonger support, hashtag definitions and more
  • This is just the beginning. Tweetie 2 is already built to take advantage of great new features coming from Twitter, so expect updates turning them on soon!

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