By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm
A little over a month ago, Twitter acquired Tweetie. Which was not only the best Twitter client for iPhones, but maybe the best way to use Twitter, period–and an exceptionally impressive piece of software, period. The company said that Tweetie would be relaunched as Twitter for iPhone–and the first (free) version under that name is now available in Apple’s App Store. It’s not just a moniker switcheroo: Tweetie’s last version was Tweetie 2.0, and this is Twitter for iPhone 3.0.
Twitter cofounder Biz Stone’s blog post on the news made me slightly antsy. He doesn’t even mention Tweetie–as if this were a brand-new app–and spends most of his wordage emphasizing that you don’t even need to have a Twitter account to use Twitter for iPhone, and can sign up for one within the app. I was concerned that the wonderfully powerful Tweetie might have gotten dumbed down.
Based on a few minutes with the new version, it doesn’t look like there was anything to worry about. Tweetie for iPhone does indeed try to welcome Twitter newbies–which I can’t complain about, since one of Twitter’s major problems from the get go has been how difficult it is to figure out. But it feels like the Tweetie I love, with some tweaks. (One I noticed: There’s one search field for tweets and users.)
Next question: When will Twitter announce and ship Twitter for iPad?