Official Twitter app released for iPhone

The official Twitter application for the iPhone is now available for free on the iTunes App Store. The announcement made on Twitter's blog, the social networking site points out that unregistered users can use most of the main features on Twitter. New users to Twitter are able to sign up to the service within the app, without the need to visit the full website. 

The app is based off the previously popular 3rd party Twitter app, Tweetie, which was acquired by Twitter last month. Macworld is reporting that despite the anticipated release of the Twitter app, the iPad specific version is still unavailable.

The newly released Twitter application generally follows the same appearance as the old Tweetie. However, the search page has been redesigned with searching tweets and users being combined into one screen. The app also includes the ability to search on phrases, based on your location, to find tweets around you. Top Tweets is again located on the search page and has a side-scrollable box from which users can browse the latest featured tweets. 

Users who register from within the app can immediately start following others with the Suggested Users list provided. A number of fixes were included in the release including a Retweet button, located on the main actions bar and tweet rendering reflects the way it appears on the main Twitter website. 

The official Twitter app is available on the iTunes App Store for new users whilst current Tweetie users can upgrade via the update section. 

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I like it. It has more functionality than TweetDeck for iPhone in my opinion (pretty obvious though I guess, seeing as it is official!) and I quite like the icon!

I like Twittelator options better. Way more customizable and I Absolutely want a black background, so I'm sticking with Twittelator pro

Pink Floyd said,
Way more customizable and I Absolutely want a black background, so I'm sticking with Twittelator pro
I'm not found of the white background either. Maybe an option Twitter? Oh and add audible notifications when you have new tweets please. That's a glaring omission.

b0m8er said,
Twitterrific is better IMO )

I'm not sure it's better, just different. I prefer Twitterific because you get an audible tweet (love that sound!) and it tells you how many new tweets you have when updating. Twitter just updates with no audible or visual notification. I do like Twitter because it allows you to quickly do actions (reply, retweet, etc.) by swiping. I like Twitterific because you can tap on a link on the main list without having to go to tweet focused page (Twitter does this). Twitterific looks classy. Twitter looks like a native app (boring). As I said, they're different and both have strengths and weaknesses.

Edited by QuarterSwede, May 20 2010, 3:12pm :

As long as Twitter doesn't restrict what other iPhone developers can do with their apps, now that they have an official app, then I'm ok with this.

I don't get it. Apple pushes hard HTML5/JS in every corner, but the same time for every single internet activity on iPhone you need a single application? It's crazy...

You don't have to use these apps, in most cases you can use the full website in safari. People choose to use these apps because they are faster and more convenient.

cpu said,
I don't get it. Apple pushes hard HTML5/JS in every corner, but the same time for every single internet activity on iPhone you need a single application? It's crazy...

Using the apps means you're not using a browser which has to reload all images etc every time you change page... much faster.

cpu said,
I don't get it. Apple pushes hard HTML5/JS in every corner, but the same time for every single internet activity on iPhone you need a single application? It's crazy...
Some pages DO NOT WORK with safari on the iphone. Wiki and IMDB just to name two. Both have apps (IMDB official, Wiki official and better 3rd party ones).

Granted on my iPad I do not use these apps and just use safari because the larger screen negates the need to use the apps.

My iPad has like 1/3 the apps my phone does because of this andother apps that just are not needed or do not work on the iPad.

necrosis said,
Some pages DO NOT WORK with safari on the iphone. Wiki and IMDB just to name two.
Both of those work fine on my iPhone.

Edited by QuarterSwede, May 20 2010, 3:19pm :

cpu said,
I don't get it. Apple pushes hard HTML5/JS in every corner, but the same time for every single internet activity on iPhone you need a single application? It's crazy...

You are clearly confused. No Twitter App or Whatever Website App is not crazy or goes against Apple's recent outcry against using closed standards that depend on proprietary plugins in order to view something on the World Wide Web (i.e., Flash).

Twitter App isn't a web browser plugin. Apple's hard push for open standards has to do with where open standards belong, the world wide web. Applications on the iPhone OS have their own set of standard that are predominantly closed and proprietary.

lflashl said,
i think i will stick with twitterdeck!
I am sticking with TweetDeck for my iPad just because I was really surprised that the 3.0 version of tweetie... i mean twitter did not support it.

Yet TweetDeck has a few things, rather does not do a few things that really **** me off and has me scratching my head why it does not have some options.

I think the only feature the Android version has that this doesn't is the Contact syncing. But people tend to not put as much personal info up on Twitter than they do something like MySpace of Facebook, anyway, so I'm not sure there are too many people "missing" that particular feature.

Cupcakes said,
My only complaint: THE ICON IS UGLY :c

Literally the first thing I said when it downloaded. I miss the old one fit in perfectly and looked great.

Cupcakes said,
My only complaint: THE ICON IS UGLY :c
As a friend of mine said when he updated, "Another damned blue icon?".

Seriously, I can make a page or two of apps that all have a blueish icon.

necrosis said,
As a friend of mine said when he updated, "Another damned blue icon?".

Seriously, I can make a page or two of apps that all have a blueish icon.


Blue is the world's most popular colour.
Twitter, Facebook and even Neowin use the colour blue.
What's your point?

mrmckeb said,

Blue is the world's most popular colour.
Twitter, Facebook and even Neowin use the colour blue.
What's your point?

I thought that was a myth and that it was actually green (the eye has more green receptors than any other type).

I personally liked Tweetie's old icon but the new one is by no means "ugly."

QuarterSwede said,

I thought that was a myth and that it was actually green (the eye has more green receptors than any other type).

I personally liked Tweetie's old icon but the new one is by no means "ugly."

The icon icon is by far: ugly, hideous, atrocious, nasty, disgusting, revolting...

Given Twitter's current design and style, the icon doesn't reflect that at all. If anything, it put their design attitude years behind.

Edited by Cupcakes, May 20 2010, 6:43pm :