Thoughts on Tweetie 2

Tweetie 2 has hit the twittersphere to universal praise and rejoicing. I have to admit it was one of the first app upgrades I’ve been excited to install in a while. After playing with it for a little while, I can say that it’s a great upgrade, more polished, lots of great new features that most people would love, well worth the paltry $3 price tag and I prefer Tweetie 1.

I got a few “why” questions when I posted this yesterday, so I’ll try to answer.

Basically, all of my my complaints are rooted in the way I want to use Twitter. I like having a casual real-time relationship with Twitter, I don’t want it to be an obligation. I don’t want an “inbox”, or a backlog of tweets staring me in the face.

  • Notifications of replies and direct messages – that little indicator is an obligation, I don’t like it. I prefer to choose when I look for those things. I’ve heard that a double-tap is supposed to “mark all as read”, but that didn’t seem to work for me.
  • I can’t get to the bottom of my friend’s stream. Again this is a feature for most people – Tweetie 2 auto-loads the next tweets in your stream as you scroll towards the bottom. I never get to the end! Tweetie 1 would give me 20 and let me choose if I want to keep going.
  • Tweetie 2 remembers my scroll location. I haven’t used it long enough to be 100% sure on this, but on several occasions I’ve launched Tweetie 2 and found myself pretty far down my friends stream instead of up at the top. That backlog of tweets is exactly what I don’t want. In contrast, Tweetie 1 always started at the top of the stream.

I realize that for most people these are great new features. Without options to turn these things off1 Tweetie 1 fits me better. Thankfully, since Tweetie 2 is a different app, I have access to both and can choose to stick with Tweetie 1 if I want to.

  1. Tweetie for Mac allows you to choose to return to your scroll position or go to the newest tweet, for example. [back]