Goodbye Tweetie, Hello Twitter for iPhone

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?


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  1. Fred May 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Be careful when updating, however. Twitter for iPhone starts you with a clean slate. You have to set up your accounts again, and any drafts you may have saved in Tweetie will be gone.

  2. joe c May 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I’m assuming that updating it for the Mac is beyond hope now 🙁

  3. Peter May 20, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    Wonder-Full feature!

  4. Andrew June 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    The application will make it so much easier for those of us who are out and about all day

  5. Kelly February 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Anyone have problems with their profile photo not showing up in this application? I just loaded a photo into my account on my PC about an hour ago and it is still not showing up in this iphone app? Anyone know of a setting I may need to tweek? Thanks.


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