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iPhone Gems: The Complete Guide to All 33 Twitter Apps

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Twittervision from Popvox LLC

Twittervision (free) is a unique Twitter aggregator app capable of displaying tweets from around the world in near-realtime. Based on the concept that a new tweets are posted very frequently by Twitter’s worldwide community, Twittervision simply watches the public Twitter timeline and displays selected tweets on a world map near their originating locations. Twittervision is far from comprehensive in terms of the tweets which it displays—to keep things interesting it seems to select a relatively small number of tweets based on diverse geographic locations rather than simply choosing the most recent tweets in the general public timeline. Further, it only picks up tweets which specifically include location information, rather than simply relying on a user’s location from their Twitter profile.

Tapping on the Twittervision screen will switch to a list view where additional options are provided, including viewing local tweets, viewing the selected global tweets in a list view, searching Twitter, viewing favorite tweets and posting your own Twitter updates. You can view the details of an individual tweet by tapping on it, open links in a tweet in the built-in browser, and follow or stop following users.


In keeping with its global nature, Twittervision also provides the ability to translate tweets into English. This is accomplished by double-tapping a tweet that appears in a foreign language.


Twittervision is an interesting concept, and has some value mostly for entertainment purposes, but does not seem to have a practical application as a general Twitter client; you cannot view your normal Twitter timeline, and cannot send or receive direct messages; tweet posting is similarly minimalist at best, with no ability to post links or photos within your tweets. Further, the “local” page did not seem to show any tweets during our testing, and other users seem to be experiencing similar problems. Ultimately, Twittervision is worth a look considering its free price tag, but it doesn’t strike us as much more than a novelty item at this point. iLounge Rating: C+.

Ziibii from The Zumobi Network

Ziibii is a free aggregator application that acts as a client to collect information from not only Twitter but also other services such as Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and web-based RSS feeds. It presents aggregated information from all of these sources as a “river” of information.

Ziibii doesn’t really provide any other Twitter integration beyond displaying content from your Twitter timeline. Tapping on a Twitter entry will simply take you to the mobile web page for that tweet using Ziibii’s own built-in browser. Like Twittervision, Ziibii is an interesting novelty app that is worth a look, but shouldn’t be confused with a real Twitter client. Note that our rating reflects Ziibii’s usefulness specifically as a Twitter client rather than as a general information feed aggregator. iLounge Rating: C.

Summizer Free / Summizer Pro from Mustache

Summizer is designed primarily as a client for searching Twitter. It is available in two versions: Summizer Free and Summizer Pro ($3). Both versions are fully functional, however the free version limits you to only two saved searches/trends. Summizer opens with a search screen where you can enter your own search criteria, access a list of trending topics from Twitter, or review any previously saved searches.

Entering search criteria or selecting a search will display a timeline of the tweets meeting that search criteria. From here you can tap on a tweet to either reply to it, retweet it, or view a list of tweets from that specific user. You can save the currently-displayed timeline as a search by tapping the Save button in the top-right corner.


Replying provides a simple text entry field with no options for attaching any kind of links or photos. Selecting the retweet option immediately reposts the selected tweet—you are not given any option to edit it before posting or confirm that you want to repost it.


Note that Summizer does not provide any method for posting new tweets, nor for displaying your own timeline, viewing your direct messages, or viewing user profiles; again, it exists simply as a client for searching Twitter. Although Summizer is focused on being fast and easy to use, it’s important to consider that many of the other Twitter clients that we’ve looked at provide similar or better search functionality combined with a wide selection of other features. Summizer’s single-purpose approach may be of some mild interest to users who are primarily focused on researching Twitter, but ultimately we’re not sure that we see the point, particularly in the case of the $3 Pro version; there are more fully featured clients with better search functionality. iLounge Rating (Summizer Free): C. iLounge Rating (Summmizer Pro): D.

Twitter Trend from Wizag LLC

Twitter Trend is a free ad-supported app that is similar to Summizer in that it is primarily designed to search Twitter. However, instead of providing general search capabilities, it is entirely focused on following trends on Twitter. The application itself is divided into three screens that organize Twitter trends by categories of Hot, Rising and Emerging, based on the number of posts which reference each topic.

Twitter Trend’s “More” button provides additional information on what these categories are indicative of, as well as providing the ability to set up a Twitter Trend account to provide more personalized information such as tracking trends among your Twitter friends and being notified of new trends via SMS or e-mail. The personalized Twitter Trends account is a beta service, and requesting an account simply opens a web form built in Google Spreadsheets where you can apply to be considered for a Twitter Trend account when the service is launched.


Twitter Trend is an interesting app for following what is going on in the Twitterverse, and may be worth downloading for those who are curious about such things, but it is a particularly specialized app that will likely not be of interest for most Twitter users. iLounge Rating: C.

Earlier iPhone Gems columns are available here.

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

Posted by Alicia Bankhofer on February 25, 2009 at 5:11 PM (CST)


I disagree. ;) 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 7:28 PM (CST)


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 8:24 PM (CST)


#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 9:50 PM (CST)


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 5:08 AM (CST)


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 6:41 AM (CST)


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 11:43 PM (CDT)


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 10:07 AM (CDT)


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 11:22 PM (CDT)


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 4:48 PM (CDT)

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