How Is The Twitter For Android App Rubbish?

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I use the official Twitter for Android app as my preferred Twitter app on all droids that I get to use. However, I notice that there is the sentiment in certain quarters that it is rubbish. I am not sure what to make of that. I have used other 3rd party apps – Tweetcaster and Tweet Lanes being my favourites, but keep returning to Twitter for Android. Someone just recommended that I give Plume a try. Being the adventurer, I shall.

But back to the official Twitter for Android app. It handles my notifications well, lets me tweet and attach media and my location, quote tweets, retweet, follow my interaction and mentions, search, manage lists, as well as manage DMs. I can also edit my profile from there, as well as block and report SPAM. The only useful feature that I find missing is the ability to mute.

If you have used Twitter for Android, do you think that it is rubbish? If so, in what way?

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26 comments for “How Is The Twitter For Android App Rubbish?

  1. Mr Appleton
    December 22, 2012 at 16:42

    Twitter for android remains my favourite. Love the way it handles sending of tweet at the notification centre enabling me read other tweets or do something else.

  2. michael99uk
    December 22, 2012 at 20:32

    MR MO sorry to crash the android twitter party but pls can you do me a little favour and review this app. It is said to play 1080p MKV VIDEO on windows phone 8

    • December 22, 2012 at 20:46

      Michael, unfortunately, I do not have a Windows Phone 8 smartphone with me anymore. The Lumia 920 has been sent back.

  3. michael99uk
    December 22, 2012 at 21:09

    OUCH thanks for the quick reply but you can check it out for future reference

  4. Belushi
    December 22, 2012 at 22:58

    The official twitter app is cool. Nothing rubbish about it. However, I think plume and tweet lanes are better. The easy scroll feature from one column to another is to die for. The heavy customisation on plume has no rival. I also prefer the way images are displayed on the Time lines in plume to the official twitter app. The only reason why I keep them official twitter app is to use it while I will most likely be needing multi-window on my Note2.

    All in all, the official twitter is good enough but not fantastic.

  5. koweiszki
    December 23, 2012 at 04:32

    the official twitter app lacks TMI/Writelonger capabilities, meaning if the thread you are retweeting is more than 140 u either have to manually delete or use reply instead. which serious tweeps can’t swallow. then also it lacks refresh after tweet function which means after u tweet u have to manually refresh,so if u are tweting heavily from bottom to top of ur TL,at the top u see all ur new tweets which might already be 10mins ago,u click or pull to refresh,find ur first tweet of that period,this goes on over and over again. that’s where my darling plume comes in

  6. Efe
    December 23, 2012 at 08:27

    It has gotten better with newer updates but it is still frustrating when you realise it doesn’t shorten tweets that are longer than 140 characters.

  7. December 23, 2012 at 12:20

    I never tweet over 140 characters. That’s the thrill and challenge of Twitter – to express yourself briefly. I almost never click on a TMI/WriteLonger link. My position is, whatever is not within the 140 character limit is not important. Facebook is there for long stories.

    As such, the lack of TMI/WriteLonger support is not an issue to me.

    Why should we expect the official Twitter app to suppport a feature that violates the very essence of Twitter?

  8. December 23, 2012 at 13:37

    I think Afewgoodmen should say something here. He has been fuming since he got his Note 2. He wants something the equivalent of Tweetbot.

    As for me, the official app is ok but not great. Tweetcaster is good. Will try the Plume.

  9. Noni
    December 23, 2012 at 14:19

    Why I don’t like the official Twitter app:

    *Can’t change the background colour.

    * Retweets come with ” instead of RT – might be a particular quirk of mine not preferring the quotation marks With other apps I can change this another option. In the official Twitter app, I would have to manually change this every time I retweet.

    *I can see images in-line in the tweet rather than having to tap a link to open the image.

    *I can save tweets to send later, which I can’t do with the official Twitter app.

    *I don’t get annoying ads in my time line like I do with the official Twitter app.

    *I can open links in the same app (the one good thing Falcon Pro was good at doing). From here I can save to read later, unlike in the official Twitter app where I have to tap the tweet, then the link, then wait for it to go to my browser.

  10. December 23, 2012 at 15:31

    When we say the official Twitter App for Android is trash is not because it is meant for the dustbin or that others wouldn’t find it useful. It is just to show the displeasure we have for a severely poorly featured twitter application. I’d get to that in a moment. I’m yet to see an app to equal Tweetbot for iOS on Android, but Plume comes close, thanks for the astute recommendation from Belushi, who is one one of my favourite Android benders.

    I don’t blame Mr. Mobility for not seeing reasons with some of us. He follows roughly 250 Tweeps. When I was following that amount of individuals on twitter, I wasn’t really bothered about twitter clients, so far as a twitter client could do the basic as mentioned in the article. But when that number gets above 1000 Tweeps, like I currently follow, then it becomes obvious why some of us are very fastidious on the kind twitter client we use!

    My ideal twitter client by the way should be able to do the following;

    1. Regular twitter stuff; Tweet, DMs, Follow, unfollow, Retweet, Quote Tweet and Retweet with comments.
    2. Mute Tweeps.
    3. Create and add folks to self-created lists.
    4. Be able to check if one is following you or not,
    5. Multi-task. You can send a tweet while doing something else, like going through your DMs or mentions or timeline.
    6. Customisation. Customise what you want your twitter client to do or look like. Colour code for tweets, user or Tweeps. Notification types, display type and a host of other tweakable customisation stuff.

    Why I threw away Tweetcaster for Android was that it immobilises the app until a tweet is sent. In other words, you can do nothing until a tweet is sent. No Multi-tasking. That’s a #Fail for me.

    7. Should take or manage multiple twitter accounts.
    8. It should do all these intelligently and intuitively.

    You’ll agree with me from all these that the official twitter app for Android doesn’t just cut it. That’s why some of us made that assertion. It is personal, and just depicts with a hyperbole that the official app is just not versatile enough for us.

    Yes, it is not meant for the dustbin because it is still useful to many. But I’d be lost if that was the only twitter client available. I wouldn’t be able to engage with Tweeps as well as I’d like.

    Imho, It just brings sanity and peace of mind when we have the right client!

  11. December 23, 2012 at 16:42

    From Afewgoodmen’s checklist, let’s see how the official Twitter for android app squares:

    1. Regular twitter stuff; Tweet, DMs, Follow, unfollow, Retweet, Quote Tweet and Retweet with comments. CHECK

    2. Mute Tweeps. NO

    3. Create and add folks to self-created lists. CHECK

    4. Be able to check if one is following you or not. CHECK

    5. Multi-task. You can send a tweet while doing something else, like going through your DMs or mentions or timeline. CHECK

    6. Customisation. Customise what you want your twitter client to do or look like. Colour code for tweets, user or Tweeps. Notification types, display type and a host of other tweakable customisation stuff. NO

    7. Should take or manage multiple twitter accounts. CHECK

    8. It should do all these intelligently and intuitively. CHECK

    We have a score of 6/8 or 75%

    I miss the mute feature, but as I like the UI of the app minus a few quirks, I don’t particularly miss the customisation options.

  12. koweiszki
    December 23, 2012 at 16:51

    tis not about long story but about thread… retweeting is d sexiness abt twitter,not like clicking to comment,so anything without tmi is shit…. like if u read an sms thread u will get d gist & enjoy d flow.

  13. koweiszki
    December 23, 2012 at 16:52

    dis Mr mo guy is too opinionated joor. if he doesn’t do or like something that’s all. smh

    • December 24, 2012 at 05:55

      dis Mr mo guy is too opinionated joor. if he doesn’t do or like something that’s all. smh

      Rolling on the floor. Please, its a Monday morning o! LOL.

  14. Efe
    December 23, 2012 at 17:13

    @koweizski, that is true. When you need to retweet and quote a previous tweet alongside, the need for TMI feature cannot be brushed aside. There are so many times I try to retweet and comment on twitter for android and hit a roadblock, i then have to switch to ubersocial or plume.

    • December 24, 2012 at 05:57

      Efe,

      When you need to retweet and quote a previous tweet alongside, the need for TMI feature cannot be brushed aside.

      I retweet and quote prolifically and yet NEVER go beyond the 140 character limit while at it :-)

      Ahhh, the challenge of brevity in Twitter.

  15. December 23, 2012 at 23:32

    I use twitter for android as it is the only twitter app that gives me notifications instantaneously, I have tried almost all the twitter apps for android and none could handle that properly, I prefer plume in terms of ease of use (swipe to switch), but it doesn’t handle notifications properly, and unlike plume that hangs while trying to download the last 50 tweets (which I wouldn’t read) twitter for android just does the last 15 minutes for me.
    sha if anyone has a setup for plume that solves these issues please help a brother out. my twitter handle is @martinkem

  16. December 24, 2012 at 03:02

    For months, Twitter for Android was always present while I experimented with Tweetcaster, Plume, Boid beta, Tweet Lanes, and etc. I kept coming back to T4Android because of the instantaneous delivery of mentions and DMs. I used Tweet lanes as a companion for all the other functionality I desired.

    Then a few weeks ago, @khouryrt recommended a new app, Falcon Pro. It wasn’t free, but I trusted her and bought it. I have never regretted it. Now, I use it so much that I no longer use Tweet Lanes and I’ve disabled notifications from Twitter4Android.

    In the 2 or 3 weeks since I began using Falcon Pro on both my android phone and tablet, it has received over 10 updates, rich with improvements. The developer is doing some great work. It now receives instantaneous notifications (note that this is heavily dependent on your network) and has all the functions that I need. The only other Twitter client I use now is Ubersocial on my blackberry, and Hootsuite on my computer.

  17. koweiszki
    December 24, 2012 at 09:08

    dat means u edit peeps tweet which dey myth find offensive.

  18. Noni
    December 24, 2012 at 09:17

    @Spacyzuma,Falcon Pro is ok but it’s no Plume or Tweetcaster. The free Falcon for Twitter widget is far more flexible in my opinion. And to change something as simple as the default background I have to pay for another app?

    One of the main problems I had with it was that, like the official Twitter app, it took up space on my phone – it was only in a recent update it could be transferred to Micro SD.

  19. koweiszki
    December 24, 2012 at 09:27

    u paid for an app? wow… jes downloaded it (d pro version) free (??? )

  20. December 24, 2012 at 12:01

    @Koweiszki – Yes, I paid for an app. And that’s why the world didn’t end on the 21st.

    @Noni – I didn’t know the default background is fixed. But I like it that way, because it reminds me of Gravity, my best-ever twitter app that I sorely miss.

  21. koweiszki
    December 24, 2012 at 12:49

    tried d falcon… and I’m back… nothing beats plume,NOTHING….
    ain’t dissing on paying for an app,jes surprised with all d free downloads a Google page away. u know dats a reason y I rili like android sha.
    still for a twitter addict,tw4droid falls short

  22. December 24, 2012 at 13:30

    It now receives instantaneous notifications (note that this is heavily dependent on your network) and has all the functions that I need.

    I tried out falcon pro & my SGS2 almost caught fire. just isn’t optimized for my phone I had to delete the app, instantaneous notifications that’s not really true, work a few times just after refreshing the timeline as I tweeted but after that no notifications until I forced it to.

    until a twitter app uses less data like twitter for android and gives me instant notifications. am going to stick to the official app. plume is very very good but like other twitter it doesn’t handle notifications speedily and properly. I can live without Tweetlonger or TMi integration

  23. Noni
    December 24, 2012 at 16:02

    Martinnkem – I’ve had both Tweetcaster and Twitter installed on two devices at the same time. Never did the official Twitter app notify me of updates before Tweetcaster. Falcon Pro was by far the worse, like you I had to manually refresh.

    I enjoyed sing the official Twitter app, might take it seriously if it didn’t hog so much memory space on my phone.

    @Spacyzuma – lol at the 21st. Some people like lots of free :-)

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