Twitterrific for iPhone Review

Twitterrific displays tweets from your contacts and lets you send tweets. The program includes integration with twitpic.com, so you can take a photo (or pick one from your photo library) and the program will automatically upload it and embed its URL in your tweet. An embedded Web browser lets you tap on user names or hyperlinks and view the contents without having to switch out of the program and into Safari.

The program’s interface is excellent, combining simplicity with solid functionality. A series of slide-out “hint” screens appear for new users, cleverly helping to teach you how the program works. But we found the program’s large single-tweet view to be mostly a waste of time.

OUR VERDICT

Although Twitterrific provides you with 95 percent of what Twitter is for, there’s still plenty of room for the iPhone version to grow, especially given the tough competition of several excellent iPhone-optimised Twitter web interfaces, most notably Hahlo. Twitterrific can’t display all the messages from a given friend; also, it doesn’t let you filter tweets to only see your direct messages, messages replying to your tweets, or a list of your own recent tweets. The program’s scrolling also feels sluggish. (A forthcoming update will improve the program’s scrolling speed.)

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