iPhone Gems: The Complete Guide to All 33 Twitter Apps
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Twitterlink is another client that exists solely for posting to Twitter, but in this case was conceptualized as a means for posting links from Safari using a bookmarklet. In this case, you create a bookmarklet in Safari that passes your link on to Twitterlink; then you enter some additional text and then post the resulting tweet with your link. Once again, URLs are shortened using the “is.gd” URL shortening service to save character space.
While this may have been a useful companion app in the early days of Twitter iPhone apps, the reality is that all of the mainstream Twitter clients we’ve looked at now offer much the same functionality. In fact, we found it rather odd that the store page for this app describes it as “complimentary ... to Twitter clients like Twitterrific” considering that Twitterrific has supported the Safari bookmarklet feature since the very beginning. iLounge Rating: C-.
GeoTweeter is a free special-purpose Twitter client for sending out tweets with location-based information. You can send out a tweet with your current location using the iPhone’s GPS or iPod touch location services, or you can choose a different location with Google Maps. For each location you enter, you can add a description, icon, and star rating, as well as information such as the address and phone number.
Once you have finished entering the location information, you can add it to a list of saved places and optionally post a tweet with the information. Your saved places are stored on the schmap.me service automatically, and any tweets you post or e-mails you send will include the schmap.me link to the location.
Note that the schmap.me location page is tied to your saved entry in GeoTweeter, meaning that this page is updated if you edit an existing entry, and more importantly it exists only as long as you retain the saved entry in GeoTweeter itself—delete the entry from GeoTweeter, the schmap.me page disappears as well.
GeoTweeter works reasonably well for posting information on your current location, but when attempting to choose other locations manually, we were repeatedly presented with a Google Maps API error. Whether this was a problem with the developer’s code or the Google Maps API itself is unclear, but this error did recur consistently over five days of testing, suggesting that this is a problem that the developer needs to address in some form.
GeoTweeter is an app with a very specific purpose, and may appeal to users who are primarily interested in sharing information about locations that they’ve visited with accompanying reviews. Its level of sophistication goes a bit beyond an “I am here” application for notifying your friends of your current whereabouts; it will likely only be of interest to users who move around a lot and want to post information about various venues. A bug fix would make it more useful. iLounge Rating: B-.
GPStwit is another location-focused Twitter client, but takes an approach more like Twitfire and Tweeter in that it’s designed for the sole purpose of posting a tweet with your present location information. Opening the application displays a single text entry window for typing in your tweet and including location information. You can also tap on the camera icon to attach a photo from your iPhone’s camera. Attaching photos from the saved photo library is not supported.
Note that no character counter is available, so you will need to be careful not to go over Twitter’s 140 character limit yourself. More importantly, each tweet includes a link to your present location, however this link will be omitted if you enter too much text, since Twitter truncates any posted tweets at 140 characters regardless of what the application tries to submit.
Rather than simply posting a Google Maps link, this application uses its own web service, gpstwit.com, to place your tweet on a map. This is an interesting feature in that you can view the tweets from both yourself and other GPStwit users on a map in your web browser, however we found it slightly concerning that there is no way to actually delete your tweets from the map—once you’ve posted something with GPStwit, it appears to remain on gpstwit.com, even if you have deleted the tweet from your Twitter profile.
It should be noted as well that GPStwit, while free, appears to be ad-supported in a similar manner to Twitterrific. Although GPStwit is an interesting concept for location-based tweeting, it’s otherwise a pretty basic posting-only Twitter client, and the permanent nature of your tweets on GPStwit.com causes us some concern. iLounge Rating: C-.
GeoTwitt (Free) is another geo-location based Twitter app. However, in the case of GeoTwitt, rather than allowing you to enter specific updates to your Twitter feed, it is simply focused on posting tweets with information on your present location, the weather conditions where you are, or both.
Note that the Geo, Weather or Full information fields can be edited by tapping on them, so you can add more detailed information before posting. A list of your nearest Twitter friends also appears at the bottom of the screen, ordered by proximity. While the ability to grab weather information and send it out via Twitter is a unique feature of GeoTwitt, it lacks any other meaningful Twitter-related features. iLounge rating: C+
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