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Twitterlink from Mere Complexities Limited

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 from Schmap, Inc.

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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Comments

1

Nice to see my app of choice twitterfon being highly recommended by ilounge smile

Posted by Alicia Bankhofer on February 25, 2009 at 3:11 PM (PDT)

2

I disagree. wink No way does Twitterrific Pro get a D. It’s missing some advanced features and doesn’t filter replies. BUT it’s the best app for straightup reading and occasional replies - both UI and stability. Tweetie crashed on me today and also posted a tweet before I finished typing it. Never have I had that happen in Twitterrific Pro. (My top three are those two and Twitterfon.)

There are actually more apps than just these for accessing Twitter. This looks to be a list of *deicated* Twitter apps.

Posted by DaveZatz on February 25, 2009 at 5:28 PM (PDT)

3

I wish the ratings didn’t take the price tag of the apps into consideration, something they obviously do here.

Either that, or break down each app’s rating into the various criteria provided.

I’d be happy to pay up to $50 for an app whose user interface, user friendliness, and feature repertoire all score A+, than for a $1 app that has fewer features, poorer UI, and lacks in user friendliness.

Don’t rate the price. Just rate the rest, and leave it up to the individual consumer to decide whether the price tag is worth it or not.

Posted by Finnyboy on February 26, 2009 at 6:24 PM (PDT)

4

#3, we give the price the weight we feel it deserves. No one is paying $50 for iPhone apps, and we have no interest in seeing that change by ignoring the importance of price relative to the performance of apps we review. In other words, feel free to re-rate the products for yourself based on the rest of the information provided, and whatever your own criteria may be for balancing their weight.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on February 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM (PDT)

5

Tried a few mentioned here, settled on TwitterFon, more feature rich than it seems on the surface, particularly like the GeoLocation search feature.

Posted by Dave Fowler on February 27, 2009 at 3:08 AM (PDT)

6

With regards to the pricing considerations in the ratings, bear in mind that if we really did find a $10 app that did sufficiently more than a $1 app, the ratings would definitely reflect that.  However, when you have a more expensive app that does nothing more than the free options that are available, this is reflected in the rating as well.

For example, both Tweetie and Twitterfon received the same very high rating, despite Twitterfon being free, since Tweetie delivers value for its $3 price tag.

On the other hand, Twitterrific Premium received a D simply because it delivers nothing for its steep price, particularly considering the developer also offers a nearly-identical ad-supported free version. If you like Twitterrific enough that you want to buy the Premium version as a “donation” to the developer, them by all means feel free to do so, but we can’t in good faith state that the app provides good value for your money in comparison to the rest of the options out there.

To put it another way: The higher the price tag of an app, the more we expect from it. Our ratings reflect where apps fail to meet those expectations.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on February 27, 2009 at 4:41 AM (PDT)

7

I use both tweetie and twitterfon and I am curious about something.

Does twitterfon support multiple accounts?

I didn’t see it in the review and no place online says it.

does anyone know?

Posted by Mike Coogan on March 13, 2009 at 8:43 PM (PDT)

8

I have only used TwitterFon so I don’t know if the rest have this problem… but it crashes easily (especially with links to some particular sites like the Wall Street Journal tweets).  It would be great if it didn’t crash.  I guess for the price though I shouldn’t complain because otherwise it is an excellent app.  But for the crashing issue it well deserves that high rating.

Posted by Rufus on March 24, 2009 at 7:07 AM (PDT)

9

This great review is in desperate need of a refresh…Twittelator and Twitterrific are both at version 2.0…Twitterrific with a huge price drop as well.  Meanwhile, Tweetie and TwitterFon haven’t changed, while Twittelator offers more options than any other iPhone Twitter app, and Twitteriffic’s updates now make it equal or better than TwitterFon or Tweetie, in my opinion.

Let’s have a Part 2 update of this review.  It was a good one!

Posted by Doctor on May 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM (PDT)

10

Agree with #9 go for part2 of this review, not only a lot of upgrades, also new very interesting apps like Landscape Twitting!

Posted by Kigonjiro on July 22, 2009 at 1:48 PM (PDT)

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