Twitter – a Mobile Way to Keep up With Your Feeds

Total Score:  28

Twitter  is a must have for frequent Twitter users.   You have most of the functionality of Twitter available on your  PC – wherever you go.   For those of you who haven’t tried Twitter, it can be a fun way to keep connected to the world.  The iPad version has the same logo.

 

Price Rating = 5    This app is free

Ease of Use Rating = 5   Easy.  When you open the app it brings you to the latest tweets.   Adding a new tweet to tell your friends what you are up to is quite easy. You only have 140 characters so brevity is required.

Readability Rating = 4   On the iPhone the font size is not large, but the presentation is clean and it is easy to read.  The iPad version is much crisper and easier to read.

Will You Use It Rating = 5    If you are a regular Twitter user you will probably find you check it more often through your iPhone or iPad.

Downsides Rating = -1   Depending on your skill at typing on a small keyboard, you will probably find that updating is easier on your PC.   That is true of all data entry on your iPhone and is barely a negative.   The keyboard on the iPad is larger and is not an issue.

It does not have the full functionality of the PC version, but again, that is barely a negative.  Of course it doesn’t – it’s a phone.  the iPad version has all the function you need – as good as, or better than the PC.

Consumer Review Rating = 5     With more than 138,000 ratings, users give it an average rating of four.   For simple Twitter needs, the iPhone version checks all the boxes.  The iPad version could be the only one you need.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     If you are a Twitter user it is almost a necessity.    Why use Twitter (the bigger question)?  It doesn’t have to be about reading that someone tied their shoes.  You can follow NASA, your favorite author or your favorite politician.  There’s more to Twitter than you might think.

How does it work? 

  1. When you open the app you are brought to your selected Twitter feed.
  2. At the top of the screen you can click the icon to add your update.
  3. You can easily retweet a message if you find it inspiring or generally worth passing on.  Limit retweets – they signal you as a new user.
  4. You can receive emails from others in the Twitter world and can click on the email icon at the bottom of the page to see this information.
  5. You can click search and look for a topic or a name.  On this screen, you will also see what is trending.  This is sometimes amusing to see depending on what is the top news at the time.
  6. Fair warning – remember, giving too much information out opens you up to identity theft.

iPad differences

The biggest difference on the iPad is that everything is bigger and easier to move from task to task.  If you click on a tweet you can get the tweet and any website it referenced – which is cool.

There is speculation that Twitter will be built into the iPhone 5.  I am not sure how this will work, but it sounds like a great idea.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  The app was developed by Twitter, Inc.

iPhone Screens

     

iPad screen

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