The best Twitter apps for iPhone that not only look great on iOS 7, but keep you connected better than ever!
Twitter has changed. It's no longer the domain of nerds and conferences but now serves the mainstream, not to mention pop stars with tens of millions of followers. Twitter's official app has changed with it, altering the way everything from the timeline to direct messages work and are surfaced. It's not what it once was, and its certainly not for everyone. While Twitter is no longer supportive of third party apps, and is actively trying to strangle them out of existence, many really good Twitter app alternatives still call the App Store home. And that's a very good thing, because many people use Twitter very differently. For some, it's just a way to follow celebrities or keep up with news. For others, its a virtual water cooler to chat around during work breaks. For yet others, it's a network to expand their social connections and market their wares. Different apps suit different use-cases. But which one is best, and for whom? Here are some of my favorites!
Tweetbot by Tapbots has been completely rebuilt and relaunched for iOS 7. The look is completely new, but the feeling is still very Tapbots. The same great features are there including support for lists, push notifications, profiles (and the ability to edit them), and more. A recent update to Tweetbot 3 also brought some new swipe gestures which are intuitive and easy to use. the media timeline view in Tweetbot is unique in its own right and gives you an easy way to browse images without being interrupted by text. The media timeline feature is also great.
If feature-set is important to you, get Tweetbot.
The Iconfactory's Twitterrific was the first Twitter client on the iPhone, and Twitterrific 5 remains among the best. It's got gestures, push notifications, transparent menus, and pretty much everything you'd want for an iOS 7 app (though it was, presciently, released before iOS 7!) You'll find all the basic Twitter features you'd expect such as conversation view, list support, built-in translations, and more, though not as many power-user features like profile and list editing. They've also still got the unified timeline, which includes posts, mentions, and direct messages all merged together, they made famous.
If you want a gorgeous, effortless way to read and enjoy Twitter, you want Twitterrific 5.
Echofon has also been completely redesigned with iOS 7, but if you've used Echofon Pro in the past, you can still jump into the new app and use it just as you did before. Timeline view and live streaming are lightning quick on Echofon Pro, as are push notifications. It also retains the ability to tweet over 140 characters thanks to built-in tweet extender support.
If speed is important to you, Echofon Pro will impress.
Twittelator Neue got redesigned ahead of iOS 7 but still looks great on it. The interface is card-style, with a floating menu bar along the bottom. Swiping left and right takes you between different sections of the app while tapping on a tweet expands details and shows conversation views. Twittelator Neue's overall layout takes a different approach than most others and if you're still getting used to iOS 7, it's a happy medium between textured and too flat. Twittelator Neue also supports push notifications that are fast as easy to turn on and off within the app itself.
If you want something different, you want to give Twittelator Neue a try.
What Tweet7 lacks in power-user features, it makes up for in design and experience. There are no menus to toggle and tap, just you and your Twitter stream. To the right you have three blue bars. The top is your mentions, middle is messages, and bottom is profile. Swipe to the left to expand any of them, swipe them back to return to your main feed. It's an incredibly unique design that's refreshing and a joy to use. Lack of push notifications currently will be a deal breaker for many, but simplicity can also be a feature.
If you want a calm yet beautiful Twitter experience, check out Tweet7.
The original Twitter app for iPhone was based on Loren Brichter's classic Tweetie 2. That's gone now and in its place is something that changes and evolves based on the latest direction and feature sets of Twitter itself. That includes interactions, like your follower count and how many people favorited or retweeted something you posted. It also links conversations with blue lines, and does other things to make the experience more... mainstream. The iOS 7 redesign is good, and the past few iterations of the official Twitter app have not only made is usable, but quite pleasant.
If you want a Twitter app that's totally aligned with Twitter itself, and gets all the latest features first (and sometimes only!0 you want the official Twitter app.
These are our favorite Twitter apps for iPhone that keep us connected to our readers and followers each and every day. We know many of you are on Twitter as well. Let us know what Twitter client you're using in the comments below!