Top 5 Twitter apps for iPhone

TiPb checks out the best, most must-have Twitter apps (that aren't Twitter) to load up on your iPhone

Twitter for iPhone recently updated to include a rather annoying and intrusive Quick Bar that has outraged most of its users. So much so, that it has been coined as #dickbar. One solution is to jailbreak and install Twizzler, a tweek that'll remove the trending bar from the Twitter app. However, for those of us who are devout members of #TeamPure, we must look towards other Twitter apps.

Follow along for TiPb's top 5 Twitter apps (not including Twitter's official app)!


Twitterrific is the very first Twitter application to ever hit the App Store. It is full-featured, award-winning client with a beautiful and intuitive UI. Twitterrific supports link shortening and tweet translation in addition to the ability to filter your timeline for specific tweet types & trends. As an extra bonus, Twitterrific is a universal app for iPhone and iPad.

Available as an in-app purchase for $4.99, you can upgrade to Twitterrific Premium which will remove ads and grant the feature of managing multiple accounts.

Twitterrific does not support push notifications.

[Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]


If you're looking for an overload of features, look no further than Twittelator. In addition to posting to Twitter, you can post to your Facebook wall. One of the unique features of Twittelator is the ability to create and share themes.

For an in-app purchase of $4.99, you can upgrade to Twittelator Pro and unlock over 45 additional features including support for multiple accounts, more customization, Geocoding, and the ability to upload to WordPress and Posterous.

Unfortunately, one of the hundreds of features that Twittelator has to offer is not push notifications.

[Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]


Echofon is a full-featured twitter client with a very clean interface and support for push notifications. One of the unique features of Echofon is a mute option to squelch users, clients and hashtags. Additionally, Echofon previews media directly in your stream which helps you decide if it's something you're interested in. If so, a quick tap of the thumbnail will open the photo or video. Echofon is also a universal application for iPhone and iPad.

As an in-app purchase for $4.99, you can remove the ads and upgrade to Echofon Pro.

[Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]


Tweetings is an excellent Twitter app with a clutter-free UI. It let's you search who's nearby and find out what's trending at the moment or see who's around you with Augmented Reality. Tweetings also allows selective or automatic updates to Facebook as well as support for TwitLonger, Twtmore, and URL shortening.

Many of the big features, like push notifications, are stripped from the free version of Tweetings, but you can individually choose which features are important to you and purchase them for $0.99 or upgrade to the full version for $2.99.

[Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]


Tweetlist offers an excellent way to view lists and quickly switch between them. The Tweetlists tab is quick to access and you simply swipe left and right to view different lists. This client is very snappy and has excellent Voice Over accessibility support. Tweetlists also offers support for Twitlonger, Instapaper, and Read it Later. Another fantastic feature of Tweetlist is that conversations open automatically - if a tweet is part of a conversation, the entire conversation will be displayed upon tapping on the tweet.

[$2.99 - iTunes link]

Bonus: Boxcar

Unfortunately, not all Twitter applications offer push notification support. That's where Boxcar comes to the rescue. Boxcar can send you push notifications for mentions, DMs, RTs, new followers, favorites, and whenever you're added to a list and you can choose from over 35 different clients to open automatically for Twitter, including the ones mentioned above.

The goodness doesn't stop there though. Boxcar also offers push notifications for Facebook, Email, RSS, Growl, Github, Google Voice, Google Buzz, App Recommendation, and more.

[Free, with in-app purchases - iTunes link]

Your top apps?

So there you have them, our top 5 best iPhone Twitter apps to get you going. Be sure to check out our Picks of the Week and iPhone App and Games Forum for more recommendations, and if we missed any of your favorites leave them in the comments below!

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Top 5 Twitter apps for iPhone


I could only choose 5! It's not easy to narrow it down. That's why I love the comments for other to share their favorites!

i think hootsuite is the closest thing to Osfoora a free app can get. loads of options. and very easy to post to multiple accounts and for list management. everyone should definitely check it out.

also the hootsuite website was working here in egypt when all other twitter clients weren't during the revolution. so +1 for them.

You guys seriously need to check out TweetLogix.
TweetList, TweetLogix & TweetList are the best 3 twitter apps on the market.
As for Osfoora fans, the app is buggy as hell and you get ZERO support from the developer. I beta test 5 twitter apps, the 3 I mention above included because they get REGULAR new features/updates and the support from the developers is superb.

Maybe you haven't used Osfoora in a long while, but it's currently FAR from buggy. I use it everyday, as do many others I know and have no issues at all.

This. Having used the official Twitter app and Oosfora, I found Tweetlogix to be rich with useful features.
All that's left is for them to add push notifications and i'll be more than happy.

Seesmic is the way to go. It's the only iPhone twitter app I use dice twitter screwed up their up.

I started using Osfoora today and actually really like it. Haven't experienced any crashes under iOS 4.2.1 on iPhone 4. I do wish it had push notification support, but I already use Boxcar so I can fill that gap there.
I'm still baffled how Twitter have taken a first-class client and reduced it to a POS. Fully correctable if they care to though.

It will interesting to see how they respond to the backlash, as I believe paid trends are the way they intend to make a profit. I haven't used the Twitter app since the Tweetie dev sold out. Those sliding panels on the iPad version are godawful. Twitterific is my choice, but I don't ever tweet. I just use it like an RSS feed, to follow blogs and people of interest.

i use tweetdeck on desktop and i love it. but for the iphone i think its POS, i tried various times to get to like it but i couldnt. crashed alot and the interface wasnt retina updated.

According to TweetDeck, they're currently working on a ground up rebuild of the app, much like they did with Android. This is the big reason they haven't updated in quite while. I thought I read they're looking for a Spring release.

I'm sorry, but this list is all wrong. The only apps that really deserve to be here are Boxcar and MAYBE Twitterrific.
My list:
Twitter for iPhone
Bonus: Boxcar

EDIT: It combined my multi-lined list. Lets try this: Oosfora, Twitter for iPhone, Icebird, SimplyTweet, Tweetdeck, and Boxcar as a bonus

Weet had potential but has never been updated for ages.
TweetList, TweetLogix & Tweetings, updated, supporter by their respective developers, awesome features.
The Osfoora fanclub completely baffles me, it's the complete opposite to apps like TweetList. Osfoora is buggy and support is non-existent...

It hasn't let me down yet, there was a very short time where is crashed but the dev fixed it promptly. He is also very in tune with his customers and gives updates on a regular basis, every quarter or so.

How in the world was Osfoora not in the top 5?? IMHO, it's better than all 5 of the clients mentioned. I'm just at a loss for why it's not in the top 5. SMH. :))

I'm definitely going to have to check out Osfoora now, given all these positive reviews. o.o

Is there a reader where I don't have to sign up to be a tweeter to save others I want to have bookmarked. I have no interest in starting to be a twiter.

All you have to do is sign up for Twitter and follow whom you wish. You do not have to "tweet" yourself so you won't be considered a twitter. :))

look at the vote, and the omission of Osfoora makes me really think how much thought and process went into this article. what are we going to hear next? the top 5 cellphones that are on the market and none of them are the iphone?

I think that Twitterrifc has the best UI but, my favorite app is Twittelator Pro, with it's full list of potencial features and in combination with Boxcar, you leave no features behind.
Best way to go is Twittelator! =)

I use Twitbit. It has themes, PUSH NOTIFICATIONS, landscape support, API support, multiple accounts, a lite version, multiple uploaders, mark all read, the ability to customize which tabs are at the bottom, hi-light new tweets, shake to refresh, and scroll to top. Love it.

You left out the 2 best features of Echofon: Push Notifications (for everything: replies, mentions, retweets, follows) & Unread sync between the desktop app and Firefox extension.

Osfoora, and Tweetlogix are my favorites. I have been using Tweelogix a lot more lately. A great new update and updated icon.

I was an early adapter of Twitterrific... by early I mean I paid $9.99. Then they did some upgrade but it was not free. I sent them a note and they said the upgrade is not free. I'm using Twitterrific basic now... it does the job.

Yeah... but I didn't care when it went from $9.99 down to, I think, $4.99... But I was annoyed that my $10 didn't cover the upgrade.

TwitbirdPre used to be my top choice until they screwed it up with the last few updates. Now I'm a huge Tweetings fan. It's a great app and does everything!!!

I left out Osfoora because it's been rather buggy for me lately and it's a complaint from many others as well.
There are MANY good Twitter clients out there and narrowing it down to 5 wasn't easy.

I look for a full featured client and one that supports sync with the iPad. That way I can go back and forth on the 2 and not lose my spot. The only 2 apps I know do this are Tweetings and Echofon. Before the iPad, I was a huge Tweetings fan and still am. I got into the Osfoora hype and never saw the attraction. Crashed alot and never really had the feature I look for such as timeline thumbnail pics, active links, good conversation following, etc. I find most folks that like Osfoora probably are just used to the official Twitter app and its lack of features.

Tweetlogic I found out just by reading the comments and I did like it. Very sweet. Osfoora is nice but I dont like it lots of bugs. Tweetings has features up the yang but man it really is a sloppy UI I dont like it same goes for echofon

Osfoora is the clear favorite here. Should have been a poll for the top favorite and not one individuals top favorite.

Tweetlogix simply the best...then Osfoora
I tries Twitter and both of them in 3nd place for me...

I've tried most of te others and SimplyTweet beats them all in terms of features and having
push notifications. Plus the dev is super-responsive and looks to continuously impove and update his app.

Yep. SimplyTweet is where it's at. For posting to FB and twitter I go to Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. For posting to a FB page I use Seesmic. None of these made the list. Ha.

I meant to add-- Great article though. It wasn't written by anyone but you. And you managed to create a great discussion.

Echofon has been the best for me since day one. tried twitterific , tried twitter for iphone ... nothing beats them.

Heres an interesting tidbit: Senile old John McCain thinks iPhones and iPads are made in America (He just said that on ABC).

Here's an interesting tidbit. Walk out on the street, and ask where Iphones are made. Bet ya 95% of the people out there, even educated people will say the US. It has the Apple logo, and in TINY letters often only I can see because I have above 20/20 vision, "assembled in China".
I live in Japan. Most people HERE think it's made in the US.
Then again, most people here think most Sony devices are made in Japan. Hint: they're not.

You forgot to mention that Echofon also syncs your read tweets between your pc, iphone and iPad. So you never have to see a tweet you've already read. It works pretty well, with some occasional hangups. So if you are a multi-platform twitter user, and hate having to find where you left off when you pick up a different device, Echofon is your solution.
Also, where is the love for Oosfoora? By far the best Twitter client out there. The only reason I use echofon instead is because Oosfoora doesn't sync.

I use echofon for MacOS and iOS, the sync option is great... But i agree, Osfoora its such a great client with a beautiful interface...
Where is the official Twitter Client with the last update has a great potential!!!

I would never support twitterific again after they screwed over their customers last year. For those who don't know they created a second twitterific and removed the original from the app store and disabled it. So those of us who paid for their pro version just weeks before were screwed. I can't imagine what people would say if adobe decided to remotely disable all their older versions of photoshop

They didn't "remotely disable" it. Twitter shut off support for all apps that used basic authorization in favor of their new oAuth. Twitterrific 2 used basic auth. Twitterrific 3 used oAuth.

Don't get all the osfoora love. It looks great at first and lots of features. But it crashes constantly and tweets to the developer don't get answered. Tweetlist FTW.

A tiny bit of pride makes me want to correct one thing in this article: Twittelator was also available day one of The App Store!

+1 for Twittelator. The free version is perfectly good and for me, the embedded pics are a great feature

This post seems to be missing two really good options, Weet (as mentioned above) which was created to mimic Tweetie (which became Twitter for iPhone) and Osfoora (my client of choice) which has a really nice UI, some extra features and a developer who is working on a Mac client.

+1 for SimplyTweet - best functionality, including push, Read It Later support and link to iPhone contacts. Echofon for speed and sync with Firefox.

Ever since the Twitter Quickbar fiasco, I have switched to Echofon.
I have to say, I'm glad Twitter screwed over their app! I love Echofon! They even have a Mac app that syncs with the iPhone app. Love it. :-)

I have paid and tried alot of twitter apps. Hands down best is twitter then twitterific
Up and coming with promise. Tweetlogic

I've used Twitterific dating back to its days of being free and having a Pro version. I purchased the Pro a long time ago, and I'm NOT happy about having to re-purchase the Premium version (I haven't yet).
One Epic Fail award to Twitterific.

I am a big fan of Echofon as it has push notifications that work. I also use HootSuite for tracking trending and other things I want to follow.

For the jailbreakers out there, check out qTweeter. It's the best and simplest way to post quick Tweets and Facebook update. Does images, video, location updates and it's only an activator button push away.

Twitbird is the best twitter app out there. You het a lot of features standard for what you would pay for in the pro version of other apps.

I use Tweetbot and love it :) i,m a twitter newbie and tried some twitter apps before I finally tried tweetbot.It is very easy to learn for us who are new to the twitter community.

TWEETBOT Since the new update FTW! All it needs is instream photo viewing and able to support twitlonger

What I'm looking for, is a twitter app with just the text, no pics. One that I can use and trust not to eat away my data when roaming

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