I have been using Tweetie as a Twitter client on the iPhone for a couple of months now, and so far it is THE best Twitter app out there.
A couple of weeks ago, Twitter bought atebits, the company who developed Tweetie, and announced they were re-branding the app as “Twitter for iPhone”, and will be a Free app, which finally went live this evening.
Here is the lowdown from Mashable about the updated app:
This comes a little more than a month after Twitter acquired Tweetie from its creator, Loren Brichter. In addition to being free, the app now carries the distinction of being “version 3.0.”
If you were expecting a big update and iPad support alongside the new name, brace yourselves; Tweetie — er — Twitter has remained relatively unchanged from its prior release. That’s not a bad thing; as we reported in our original reviews of Tweetie 2 and Tweetie 2.1, Tweetie is one of the best Twitter experiences for any platform and, in our opinion, was the winning app on the iPhone by a wide margin.
That said, check out some of the new features and tweaks that you can find in the newly rebranded app:
- You can use Twitter without an account. Spy on your friends without having to actually use Twitter.
- You can sign up for a Twitter account within the app itself, complete with Suggested User List.
- The “More” tab has been reorganized and popular actions have been moved to the main action bar.
- Search results include Top Tweets.
In acquiring Tweetie, Twitter raised the ire of its developer community, who worried about what this means for their own applications now and in the future. Twitter has argued that it needs to have an official client to improve basic user experience. Earlier this month, Twitter for Android was released and RIM launched its own Twitter application for the BlackBerry. This means that the three hottest smartphone platforms all have official Twitter clients.
If you never used Tweetie, we highly recommend download Twitter for iPhone. It’s just a great application and now that it’s free, there’s really no excuse not to give it a try.
What is your favorite Twitter client for the iPhone? Let us know!
Have you donwnloaded the new Twitter for iPhone, and what do you think ?