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Twitter acquires Tweetie, to become official Twitter app

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, April 9, 2010
News Categories: Apps + Games, Other

Twitter CEO Evan Williams announced earlier tonight that Twitter has “entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie.” Williams noted that the decision was made to enable people to easily access Twitter from their iPhone and that “careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes App Store revealed massive room for improvement.” Twitter plans to rename the app “Twitter for iPhone” and offer it for free as the official Twitter application for the iPhone platform. Loren Brichter, developer of Tweetie, will join Twitter’s mobile team to support the continuing development of Twitter for iPhone and a future Twitter for iPad application. In his own blog, Brichter describes his work on Tweetie as having been “an amazing ride” and mentions that he is really looking forward to working with Twitter to simplify the Twitter experience and create the next generation of mobile clients. [via TUAW]

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1

As someone who’s wanted to try Tweetie but didn’t because of a free version like Echofon or Twitteriffic, this move makes me rather happy. Now I can see what all the hooplah about Tweetie was! And this is coming from someone who gave the developers their monetary due for Twitteriffic and Echofon both.

Posted by Daniel S. on April 10, 2010 at 10:09 AM (PDT)

2

You got me Daniel - I use Echofon because it was free.  So what makes Tweetie so exciting?

Posted by John Mc on April 10, 2010 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

3

I purchased Tweetie 2 and used it for a few weeks.  While it seems to have every feature under the sun, I returned to Twitterrific Premium.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on April 11, 2010 at 8:01 AM (PDT)

4

I’ve used every free and a few paid twitter clients, but I kept returning to Tweetie. I found it to be the best overall app in terms of design and features. There were a few things it didn’t have that others did (notably a dark theme and push notifications), but overall, the app is intuitive and seems to place everything right where they need to go without cluttering up the screen.

I’m a little nervous about what might change under Twitter’s umbrella, but since Loren was hired to oversee its continued development, I have hope that it will be properly cared for.

Posted by jasonact on April 11, 2010 at 3:53 PM (PDT)

5

Seriously guys, look into Twittelator Pro…best app hands down. There’s nothing it cannot do!
@TwistyMcFisty

Posted by Twisty on April 12, 2010 at 5:16 AM (PDT)

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