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Oct252009

Twee, Tweed, Spaz, or TinyTwitter. What are you Tweeting with?

This week there were about 75 new apps released into the catalog between Monday and Friday. Two of which were paid Twitter apps. Twee and TinyTwitter are the newest of the now four Twitter apps available on WebOS which includes Spaz and Tweed as well. Here is a short run down of each of the clients incase you haven't decided to make that big decision to purchase the paid Twitter apps because you might be happy with the free choices.

Vote for your favorite choice after the break...

 

 

 

Spaz: This is one of the first Twitter apps to enter the catalog along with Tweed Beta. Spaz is a great app and has a pretty nice UI. Spaz lets you basically do everything you could want to do with a Twitter client with its newest features allowing you to do a search in a separate card and they refreshed the GUI. For me personally, my two big gripes with Spaz are its sluggishness that it has which seems to also cause all of WebOS to lag a little bit when Spaz is open, and it only allows you to have one account open in one card at a time. You can open a new card for searching with the same account but it doesn't allow multiple cards for each account. I do enjoy that tapping the top bar will bring you to the top of the timeline instantly. I think to help Spaz get a little more limelight it might need a name change that associates it with Twitter in a more obvious way as well as an icon so people know it is a Twitter app just by looking. It must be noted though that Spaz is a free app. There were rumors that it was supposed to become a paid app eventually but, we have not heard recently if this is going to be true or not.

TinyTwitter: TinyTwitter is brand new in the App Catalog and was a pleasant surprise when it was released. We all knew Twee was coming sooner or later but hadn't gotten much word on TinyTwitter. It is nice to see more Twitter choices and of course being the Catalog obsessionist I am, I purchased it immidiately without thinking twice. This Twitter app definitely needs some work but, it has one thing that no other Twitter app has mastered yet. Speed, TinyTwitter has the fastest and most smooth scrolling out of any of the apps and switching between screens and menus is fluid and quick. There is hardly any waiting at all and almost no stutter. That having been said you can only have one card open, it doesn't even let you view trending topics, (or I am lacking the know how to find them) and you can't upload photos Via Twitpic or any other way. So if you want something that is super fast and just works with a simple UI. TinyTwitter is for you at the low price of $1.99. The app description in the App Catalog says they listen to feedback and will continue to improve the app.

Tweed: This is obviously the most popular Twitter app just because it was the first one in the App Catalog with a name that shouted "I AM A TWITTER APP"! and for good reason. This app does it all; built in photo uploads, mutliple cards for multiple accounts, notifications, a great looking GUI, and it is a fairly stutter free UI. Now I say fairly stutter for a couple of reasons. Tweed has a nice notification system but it seems when notifications are on all of WebOS seems to slow down. Jumping in and out of apps takes a second or two longer and scrolling does have its occasional hiccups. However it doesn't quite slow the system down like Spaz currently does. Tweed also seems to forget notifications occassionally. I can leave notifications on for mentions, direct messages, and timeline but, still not get a notification for days. It also doesn't allow landscape viewing yet (neither do Spaz or TinyTwitter) but according to the developers for Tweed, the functionality will come in a future update. With that in mind it is the second fastest twitter client and has a free version. Right now Tweed is $1.99 for the full version which the guys at Pivotal Labs say will continue to to recieve updates and feature improvements and a Free beta version which won't be updated any longer. Definitely a great choice for your Twitter needs.

Twee: Last but certainly not least we have Twee. Twee is new to the App Catalog but, homebrew users are and have been very familiar with this app for a while. Twee takes the UI interactions on Twitter into their own by allowing you to have a side scrolling bar at the bottom and the timeline scrolling in the forefront that can scroll up and down. The bottom scroll menu allows you to move it left and right, and has all of your basic options such as the timeline, mentions, direct messages, trending topics, and search. Another benefit of using Twee over any other iteration of Twitter in the catalog is it allows you to switch to landscape. Simply turn your phone to the side and it will re-orientate the screen for you. Twee much like Spaz and Tweed suffers from performance struggles when it comes to scrolling. Twee however doesn't seem to affect any other part of WebOS while its open. I was able to keep three cards open all day without any other apps being slowed down because of it. The scrolling is noticeably laggy when shuffling through the timeline or trending topics as well as moving the side scrolling from left to right. Not a deal breaker through. Twee also has an exceptional customizable notification engine which seems to just work. It refreshes every so often but it never forgets and anytime you have new tweets or mentions you will always know after the it refreshes in the backround. The app also includes photo uploading and viewing which is something that should just be standard in any Twitter app. Twee has a free and paid option. The paid version is $2.99 and allows you to open multiple cards in multiple accounts and allows notifications. The free version is a bit more simplified with only one account at a time and no notifications.

So these are your current choices and I am sure there will be more options later down the road as the App Catalog develops and unfolds its hidden secrets in the next few months. I personally am torn between every single one of them. I use all of them throughout the day because I am so indecisive but what about you? Which Twitter apps are you using?

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Reader Comments (14)

No "none of the above" option? Not everyone thinks Twitter is the bees knees you know.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdahamsta

Way to be positive! Don't vote if you don't use twitter. Personally I like Spaz because it looks the best.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSilly Sam

Twee is the best, Tweed is 'meh', Spaz is 'mreh..." and I haven't tried TinyTwitter.

I've been a beta user of Twee for months. I like it way better than everything else. Tweed is to plain, Spaz is too dark and complicated.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSam

hopefully soon there will also be parafoil, which is for brightkite really, but i have brightkite post over to twitter, so works for me :-)

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercbellevie

Twee is the sexy sister that you fantasize about but you stick it out with Tweed because she is your first love. Right now I'm going back & forth ... I like Tweed because (for me) it's cleaner and uses more screen space.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMr.TramueLâ„¢

I like Tweed. Just feels faster to me.

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStillwell

Tweed for life!

October 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Taylor

I LOVE TWEE!!! As soon as I seen it in the App Catalog, I downloaded it without questions being asked. I love it. Its the best!! I don't like Spaz nor Tweed very much and TinyTwitter isn't even worth my time. =) I love it!!! Follow me: @Prince_Basil

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlexis

Twee needs to improve it's scrolling, it's worse than tweed in my experience. But the navigation/UI is better, and inline thumbnails is awesome.

The notification system needs a lot of work tho, namely, working while the app is closed like tweed. It also doesn't vibrate and ring, even when both are selected for me, ring takes priority. And it doesn't light up the notification LED hack for some reason.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinh

I purchased and use both Twee and Tweed. I like Twee very much but can't rely on its notifications.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlexic

love tweed, but mostly because it's the first one so I have the most experience with it. I tried a beta build of twee but then tweed introduced image uploading (the email-based upload at the time), improved notifications, and with the pay version has really reached full stride, with a rich feature set, good UI, etc.

My only tweed complaint is that I still want the text area at the top when you launch the app to be where you write a tweet, generally I open the app because I want to tweet and then read the tweets of my contacts --I don't do a lot of searching on twitter to be honest, but maybe I'm in the minority here.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKansei

Hey Daniel,

Spaz will eventually charge in the US, probably in the next few weeks. However, a couple things to keep in mind:

- Spaz will always be open-source. That means 1. anyone can use our code in their own apps (Twitter or otherwise), and 2. people can build the app themselves for free if they choose.

- The charge will only apply in the App Catalog, within markets that support paid apps. We will not make crippled versions. Spaz will continue to be free in other markets where payments aren't yet supported.

We're definitely aware of some of the performance issues. We've made big improvements since release, and will continue to work on it. That and direct file uploads will be in our next major release. We may do a bug fix release before then, though.

Sorry, no name change. I like it, and it's used for all our versions on multiple platforms. I know it affects how many downloads we get, but it's not about popularity for us. You might find our Statement of Purpose interesting.

If you ever want to talk in more detail, just drop me a line.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd Finkler

I love Tweed cause of the option to DM, @ or RT from one page with the click of the button, I like the look of Spaz. If Spaz changes the layout somewhat and gets faster, it would be my app of choice. I like the colors of Spaz. Twee is used almost as much as Twee, I like it; it's quick and I get my updates on time.

October 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertemeka

Various people in the world take the home loans from different banks, just because that is simple and comfortable.

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterOconnorAILEEN

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