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How to use Twitter lists to replace Google Reader

Twitter is not only a great place to converse with others that have the same interests as you, but to stay current on all kinds of news. Since Google Reader is getting canned this summer, lots of folks are left to find other ways of keeping up with news feeds. If you don't fancy learning a new app or finding another RSS service to take its place, you can use the Twitter account you already have to stay up to date on news via the lists feature.

Here's how.

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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, Furbo.org. Hockenberry talks about the process, and the reason they chose to leave certain features out, like push notifications, trends, and streaming:

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Quick Review: Twitteriffic on iPad

Twitteriffic on the iPad is straight-up elegant and clean. Although it's not quite the powerhouse of Twitter mania that is Tweetdeck on iPad, it makes up for it by having a nicer and more intuitive layout.

In portrait mode, you get a large list of tweets, but the real excitement comes in landscape. Twitteriffic uses the now-familiar setup of a list of options on the left, the main window on the right. Your options are simple and straightfoward - viewing recent tweet, messages, direct messages, favorites, a search bar, and so on. I'm especially happy to see lists on the sidebar - that's a feature that's been lacking on many other Twitter clients. The app offers a $4.99 in-app purchase to enable multiple accounts and eliminating ads. Twitteriffic also does a great job with links - photos appear in a small pop-up and web-links appear in a large pop-up browser that's very usable. Tapping a profile brings up an iPhone-style pop-up that lets you browse that user's tweets.

I do sort of wish the lefthand bar was customizable - I'd rather see multiple accounts listed there rather than Twitter trends. You also can't change accounts on an active tweet you're writing - instead you have to back out of one account and into another.

Video and gallery after the break!

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