Behind the bits of Twitterrific 5

Behind the bits of Twitterrific 5

The bits of Twitterrific 5 were programed by Sean Heber and Craig Hockenberry, and Hockenberry has now shared the details of that work, and a behind-the-scenes look at the project in general, on his blog, Hockenberry talks about the process, and the reason they chose to leave certain features out, like push notifications, trends, and streaming:

We believe in building opinionated software.

The product you have in your hands is what we wanted and needed it to be. As the tagline on the website says, “A simply beautiful way to tweet.” We achieved that goal.

I like opinionated software. There are different ways to use Twitter and different apps better suit those different use cases. Twitterrific has and does serve Twitter as a reading experience, and the closer they keep to that, the better it seems to get. I also like DVD extras and director's commentaries, and I like reading about the choices and processes involved in creating great apps every bit as much. Hockenberry's are a great read.


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Behind the bits of Twitterrific 5


The app is certainly a work of art. I bought it for the sole reason of waiting for updates. I do hope that the community expresses the need for push notifications (yeah, some people DO want it), streaming API (really useful on a tablet), and mute filters that sync over iCloud.

Definitely over-hyped. I just bought it and am not impressed. Also, why do they also choose such ugly colors for stuff in Twitterrific? Now we have gaudy greens, we use to have crappy browns. They say they make opinionated software, but I would categorize this app as ugly, not opinionated. I also dislike the toolbar buttons up top on iPhone, is a terrible idea - especially in a Twitter app, where the new Tweets are right there at the top, so you've go these buttons up there only serving to distract you.

I'm not always this negative, believe me. This is genuinely how I feel. God, I miss you Tweetie. /sheds tear