My Take on iPhone TweetDeck 2.0

TweetDeck logoThe long awaited new TweetDeck 2.0 for iOS is finally here. After my initial comment on TweetDeck iOS’s teaser blog post, I have received multiple email notifications every other day for every published new comments. The tone wasn’t friendly at least to say, most people are complaining about the lack of update of a supposedly “will be submitting the app to Apple in the next few days”.

50 odd days later, the app is finally available in the App Store — for free of course. To summarize my take on it, it’s significantly better than the previous version, but falls short of my expectation.

Pros:

  • Highly customizable columns, the very reason why I love TweetDeck
  • Column swiping
  • Conversation view when viewing individual tweet
  • Beautiful interface, especially when viewing profile
  • Tweets are highly readable
  • Landscape browser
  • Able to return to where you left off after minimizing the app (not possible in the old iOS TweetDeck). Won’t work though if you exit the app completely.
  • Tweet from different/multiple accounts (tap on the avatar while in the compose window)

Cons:

  • App crashes every time the built-in photo viewer is launched. Every singe time.
  • No individual time stamp on tweets while in column view
  • No RT/Reply/Favorite/etc buttons in column view. You’d have to view a tweet individually to have access to the said buttons (deal breaker)
  • Unable to return to the first column in a single swipe from the last column. Very tedious to swipe all the way back, especially when you have gazillion columns around
  • Poor integration with Instapaper

I was using TweetBot for the past week, and my very first response after launching the new TweetDeck is, “why is it silent?“. Yes, I’m spoiled by TweetBot’s sound effects.

For now, I’ll stick to TweetBot, at least until it’s possible to RT/Reply in column view.

The above observations are done in under an hour playing with the app, so take it with a pinch of salt. I will revisit iOSDeck again after a revised version is out.

[TweetDeck in App Store]

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Comments

  1. Delena - April 28, 2011 @ 5:51 am

    Hmm. I still wasn’t a fan of TweetDeck or HootSuite. They’re great for what they do, but they’re just not what I’m looking for. It was actually *more* effort for me to use them than it was to just go to Twitter.

    And after the birth of Buffer, that’s all she wrote. For my needs, Buffer does everything I need it to!

    Delena

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  2. Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com - April 29, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    I’d still prefer the default Twitter for my needs. The new TweetDeck is quite cool but I find that the spacing/tweets are too large and occupies too many spaces on the screen

    Using TweetDeck on my Windows machine tho

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    Vincent replied:

    @Michael Aulia: You can tweak the font size. Go to Settings on your iPhone and look for TweetDeck.

    Have you try TweetBot? The attention to details make it worth every penny of the $2 it cost. Still not perfect, but enough to ditch the official Twitter app.

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    Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com replied:

    @Vincent, I haven’t tried TweetBot although I’ve read reviews and all the recommendations on the web. I don’t use Twitter heavily (especially on my iPhone) so I don’t really feel the need of paying for such an app just yet 🙂

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  3. Kavya Hari - May 3, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Initially, it could be individual readable one 🙂 thanks a lot for sharing your post on here 🙂

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  4. nazimwarriach - May 9, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    I have just downloaded and installed TweetDeck App on my iPhone and feels that this app requires some more updates to become usable.

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  5. Sugel - October 18, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Tweetdeck is about the most popular third-party Twitter client and it can arguably be better than even Twitters official website and apps. The Tweetdeck team has definitely done an outstanding job with the way their client is set up and functions while also being consistent from platform to platform.

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  6. ipad apps - October 25, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    Thanks for this information. I personally haven’t used TweetDeck2.0 before, but after reading your post, I don’t think I’ll be using it in the near future. Seems to me that the cons you listed outweigh the pros. I’d agree with you and wait to see what the next version will have to offer.

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