Tweetbot Is the Word

I’ve been a Tweetbot user for a long time. (I’m an OG beta tester, yo.) I’ve seen Tweetbot when it lacked most of the features it has now, and I’ve seen it grow into the best Twitter client out there. Not just for iOS, but for all platforms. Tweetbot gets called “heavy” sometimes, and while the description isn’t all that descriptive, I get what people mean when they use that term. All Tapbots’ apps have non-standard UIs. That’s their thing. Most of the time, I hate non-standard iPhone UIs. Tapbots is one of the few developers that does non-standard right.

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Tweetbot for iPhone 2.0

Tweetbot 2.0 for iPhone isn’t an earth-shaking update. It just refines what was already the best Twitter app. The colors in the app have been softened a bit, which makes it a little more readable, and Tweetbot got Readability added to its mobilizer options (and Readability’s display is way better than Instapaper’s.) There is also a new DM view that looks more like the Messages app and it’s much easier to read and reply to people. Tweetbot 2.0 also got image thumbnails in the timeline. (It does a good job parsing things like Instagram images even!)

Buy Tweetbot for iPhone here.


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Tweetbot for iPad

Then there’s the new app: Tweetbot for iPad. In design conscious circles, people have been clamoring for a version of Tweetbot to use on their iPads. I knew in the back of my mind that it was an inevitability, but I was still surprised when the beta download link landed in my inbox. And Tweetbot for iPad looks like the iPhone app, not blown up, but expanded. The UI concept is roughly the same. The account selector and panels (tweets, replies, etc.) have moved over to the left side of the screen. It’s got all of the little features that the iPhone app has like mobilizers and image and link services.

Buy Tweetbot for iPad here.

Pour One Out For The Old Bird

R.I.P. Tweetie

Gruber had a nice post about Tweetie for iPhone and its death. I stopped using what became of Tweetie a while ago, in favor of Tweetbot, but for a long time I was a huge fan of Tweetie’s simplicity and power. Brichter’s no longer at Twitter, and the death of his baby and the new design coincide nicely.

Interesting Links: August 16, 2011

I have been using Tweetbot’s mute feature to mute MacStories’ Chris Herbert from time to time and it works great.

I gotta wonder how many people will pay for the convenience of installing entirely off of a USB drive versus the convenience of procuring the OS in an hour over the Internet

I’m glad to see the 3DS get a shot in the arm sales-wise, but until the system gets a better software lineup, all the price cuts in the world aren’t going to help it.

Interesting Links: July 28, 2011

A primer for converting Markdown files into Microsoft Office-readable files.

I’d rather not see hashtags take off on G+.

The hashtag was invented by Chris Messina only three years ago. So far, its power has been limited to Twitter. But I see an opportunity to expand its use and its empowerment the more it is supported on other platforms. When Google+ finally gets search and when it releases its API, it would be wonderful to see it enable users to easily enter tags and cluster conversations around them. There’s an opportunity to use tag data to learn more about the topicality of conversations and content all around the net, on Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, blogs, Flickr, YouTube, maybe Facebook. There’s our chance to limit the power of these silos.

I’m right there with you guys.

This is why console games are easier and more widely played compared to PC games.

Well, that’s pretty nice of Nintendo.

Life Goes On

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It felt a little like 9/11 on Friday.

Don’t get your American flags in a bunch. I know a terrorist attack and a natural disaster aren’t the same thing. But the “what’s gonna happen next” feeling that I had on 9/11 was a lot like the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on Friday afternoon. The aftershocks went on forever and the tsunami washed away thousands of homes. Trains stopped, the Sendai airport was submerged in sea water and all the while, the birds were chirping outside my window. It was the same way with 9/11. You turn on the TV, and ten hours away people were trapped under debris and dying, but in my neck of the woods, the sun was shining and everything was peachy keen.

Aichi (where I live) got just a small 3.0 earthquake that caused no damage, no power outages and the tsunami was only half my height and had no chance of coming in far enough inland to reach my apartment. Now it’s Monday morning and life goes on. There’s no residual affect here. People commuted like always. The teacher in my first period class only briefly talked about the earthquake with the students. The kids have no idea (or don’t care) about the magnitude of the destruction in Tohoku.

What strikes me as damn weird is that foreigners that haven’t been affected by this tsunami (in and out of Japan) are reacting way more strongly than Japanese people who haven’t been affected. My Japanese friends and co-workers don’t seem to need to talk about it constantly. They aren’t letting what happened in Tohoku affect their activities. I went shopping and on a date on Saturday (how awful and insensitive, I know) and guess what? So was everyone else! The feeling I get from non-Japanese I talked to is that we should all be huddled up at home praying for everyone or drinking ourselves into oblivion as a way to escape the sadness. What shocked me was that the people in affected areas bought up everything at the convenience stores except the beer. I figured that at a time like this, you’d wanna be hammered and just ride your way through it.

I caught slack for a comment I made on Twitter last night and I don’t think I was being insensitive to anyone. If anything, I was pointing out that the compassion the Internet likes to show at the time of disaster is superficial and short-lived. I was told that I don’t understand people and that everyone is showing “overwhelming support”. If you’re not lending a helping hand (literally or financially), you’re not helping anyone. Praying for displaced people in Tohoku isn’t gonna help them find their lost loved ones or get their houses back. The coastal areas have been wiped out in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures. There’s radiation leakage in Fukushima and more than a handful of people have been exposed to it. Tweeting #prayforjapan isn’t showing support. It’s jumping on the sympathy bandwagon. It’s a bandwagon that makes frequent stops and people only ride it for as long as they think other people are paying attention to the fact that they’re riding it.

I’m a Dick. I Know.

I went and pissed off Twitter again last night. Albeit on a much smaller scale than last time. I really need to pick my battles better. When I wrote my jokey “anti-Buzz” piece last year, Twitter erupted like I had never seen before. Everyone hated me, a future guest of Kernel Panic called me the poster child for the App Store entitlement generation and my mother disowned me. Okay, she didn’t even read it. But the point is, Twitter, not anyone I actually know or cared about, hated me. For a day. Then I took it upon myself to make fun of Mike Rundle, because he, out of all the Twitter haters, seem to hate me the most, and went so far as to unfollow my buddy Milind because Milind had the nerve to remain my Twitter buddy even after I seemingly brought down the world with my Buzz post. Surprisingly, no one hated me for making Mike Rundle jokes. Hell, a couple dozen people even started following my joke Rike Mundle Twitter account.

So last night, Shawn Blanc of Shawnblanc.net fame, announced he was quitting his job and was going to make his blog his full-time job. Good. Great. I hope you succeed. I took it upon myself (because Twitter for Mac continues to show me retweets I disabled and I can’t stop myself from commenting on retweets for some reason) to make a couple of jokes. I wasn’t commenting on Shawn Blanc making his website a full-time job. I think that’s great. I wish I could do it. I made a joke about charging money not for the same kind of content that he normally put out, but because he was going to give members of his site access to a podcast about his “ideas” (whatever they may be) and what kind of coffee he was brewing. Also, paying members now get the “ability to ask questions”. I thought these sounded silly. I think where I lost Twitter was when I said that I had finally found someone more annoying than Mike Rundle. After that a guy who follows me (who also has a blog I like) sent me a “disappointment tweet”. He unfollowed me and tried to make me feel bad. I don’t appreciate this. What it really highlighted though, was not that I was a dick, but that I care too much about what people I shouldn’t care about think. Also, that I can’t keep my mouth shut about things I shouldn’t care about. Also, Twitter is stupid.