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Tweeten Is A Twitter Desktop Client…

Tweeten appeared in a dark time, when Hootsuite and Tweetdeck weren’t delivering for me in the browser. When Tweetdeck client was behaving badly, freezing and hanging at regular intervals.

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Having a desktop or browser Twitter app that doesn’t make it easy to tweet is one more, big reason why so many users were tweeting less and less.

What’s the kicker?

Tweeten started as a wrapper for Tweetdeck. Twitter’s lackadaisical attitude to development allowed someone else to build a better Tweetdeck. After buying Tweetdeck, Twitter has killed several versions of Tweetdeck but not done any substantial development to improve the app performance or feature set.

In the several months that Tweeten has been available they have not just matched but surpassed Tweetdeck in performance, functionality and more recently going cross-platform. Currently Tweeten is available for Windows (32 or 64 bit versions), OS X, Google Chrome and Edge with expected releases for Linux and Firefox in the pipeline.

Tweeten managed to do this by building with Electron. Electron was initially designed for GitHub’s Atom Editor but since has experienced massive adoption by Slack, Microsoft, Facebook and many others:

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As this is GitHub there are also a slew of development (and testing) tools for working with Electron. (click on the iFrame above to jump to this page.).

Tweeten - Electron Dev Tools

The Warptest POV

Tweeten is an easy to use, easy on the eye Twitter app that does better than Twitter themselves. I personally don’t like using Hootsuite so I was happy to find a good alternative. The desktop app is well served by development in the fantastic Electron, supports multiple accounts and pretty much everything you’ve come to expect from a Twitter app.

I’ve repeatedly called out Twitter for their failure to invest in improvement of their apps, mobile and desktop. The new Windows Twitter (Windows 8/10) app is IMHO a lazy attempt to take the mobile app and port it to desktop. One of the strongest features Twitter has are groups / lists. Tweetdeck and subsequently Tweeten deliver this feature marvelously. I would love to see a radical improvement to this in Twitter mobile apps and an investment in improving Tweetdeck.

Wake Up Twitter!

To be fair Twitter aren’t just sitting on their hands, as The Next Web reports, we can expect photos and links to be excluded from the 140 character limit on Tweets. Big news to be sure.

For now I’m happy to get back into Twitter on my laptop using Tweeten. How about you?

Twitter Is In The News Again…

This time Kara Swisher’s Re/Code blog reports that Twitter are allegedly considering removing their everything that defines them, 140 character limit, in favor of a FREAKING 10000 characters!

The defining, core concept has always been brevity, a skill that redefined communication and sharing in real time.

If Twitter throws the very thing that defines them to the sharks, then why use them? A tweet: sounds short, sweet and to the point and should be.

Twitter You Vex Me!

10000 characters: kiss the concept of microblogging goodbye. Forget real time, do you know how long it takes most people to compose 10000 characters? By the time you tweet, you’ve missed 3 news cycles and forget the phrase “breaking news”.

Twitter Dammit Jim Meme

The Warptest POV

Until now, I’ve swallowed buying Tweetdeck, deadpooling most of their product line but leaving Tweetdeck Web as the biggest memory leak in web app history.

I’ve taken deep breaths into a paper bag over the lack of a serious Windows 8 and now Windows 10 Twitter app. Seriously, don’t you get that owning the platform means users expect you to invest in winning apps?

I’m not even going to relate to the continued failure to address dark tweets i.e. no enforcement against cyberbullying, violent or hate speak.

I’ll give it to you that Twitter Analytics are pretty damn awesome but the only time I really use Twitter from the browser is when Tweetdeck freezes on me again.

Come on Twitter are you really conceding all business Tweets to Hootsuite? It just shows no drive, no pride.

Nutshell, time to focus not on supersizing Tweets, focus on retaining your users by building a better experience that allows us to continue to engage, share and communicate in real time with BREVITY.

I’ll give Jack Dorsey this, you certainly made Twitter relevant and discussed again. Now crack the whip on your app development team.

SAVE THE BREVITY! #140Lives

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Twitter Goes All Medieval on the Tweetdeck Product Line

Last week Twitter, the owners of Tweetdeck posted on their blog about the discontinuation of several versions of Tweetdeck.

The thrust of the article is that old technology is going the way of the dinosaur and the focus is going to be on better web experience.

What Got Deadpooled?

Deadpool from Marvel Comics

In a nutshell these four things will cease functioning by May:

  • Tweetdeck Air for Desktop
  • Tweetdeck for Android
  • Tweetdeck for iPhone
  • Support for Facebook integration

Keep in mind that this still leaves us with Tweetdeck in the browser, Desktop and or the Chrome app.

When I started using Twitter seriously I got into Tweetdeck Air and other than certain bugs that seemed to regress every few versions I loved it. This was just about the only app I needed Adobe Air for but it was worth it. With a standalone Windows Client it was time for the Air version to go.

Adobe Air

Tweetdeck Desktop on Windows 7 is an awesomely good Twitter client but in Windows 8 I experienced a consistent resource leak leading to hangs / freezes / crashes.

Windows 8

Windows 8 has MetroTwit which was a great alternative to Tweetdeck but the Metro / New Windows UI version doesn’t entirely do it for me. I like having 8 or more of my Twitter lists open so Tweetdeck Web in Internet Explorer 10 was my next choice. (MetroTwit if you are reading this and I’m mistaken please comment on how to add extra columns, I couldn’t find it).

Warptest POV

It’s not all bad news.

Twitter is streamlining their product line and whilst dropping support for Facebook integration is at face value a loss of major functionality, why should they support a competitor platform for content distribution? At the end of the day fewer products to support should mean more investment in new features and better quality. Hopefully Twitter will get their act together and provide a robust and consistent user experience regardless of mobile platform.

With that in mind, Twitter finally released an updated Windows Phone App whose UI is in line with the designs of the Android and iOS Twitter Apps (the minor UI difference in iOS is the menu-bar is below not above the tweets).

 comparison of twitter cross-platform

After testing it I discovered that: –

  • The new Twitter UI on Windows Phone looks gorgeous and works nicely with slide enabled between major screens.
  • Finally, finally, finally Twitter on Windows Phone gets reply all. This was the single most frustrating missing feature. Well done.
  • There is a known issue with Twitter Live Tile; it doesn’t seem to work unless notifications are enabled and the counter only goes up to 1. Lame.
  • Twitter cannot find my location even when other apps can (including Rowi… see below). Worse still, trending topics detects my location incorrectly and so I get topics in Turkish, thanks but no thanks.
  • Twitter on Windows Phone did not get photo filters as in the Android version.

The main competitor to Twitter on Windows Phone is Rowi with a Lite (free but ad laden version) and a Pay (ad free version). Rowi has a slew of nice features and for as long as I’ve been using it has reply all and uses Aviary photo filters. Rowi has long been considered the best Twitter App on Windows Phone.

rowi twitter app

The basic functionality of Twitter on Windows Phone has caught up with Rowi and the sleek UI makes it tempting but the presence of bugs that QA should have caught and the absence of photo filters detracts from the whole package.

So come on Twitter, fix these bugs and give us some photo filter love. You still have some work to do before users get the same experience regardless of mobile platform.