These days, everybody and their cat is on Twitter. (Shout out to @grandmawrinkles, the hairless feline of Real Housewives of New Jersey!) But if you follow every reality-show pet, pro athlete, and hot dog vendor you come across, your main Twitter feed quickly gets out of control. Twitter lists have been around less than a year but are still mainly the realm of power users, even though casual users could benefit from them just as much--if not more.
Twittelator's edge among the current crop of unofficial iPad Twitter apps is its large feature set. While most users will be fine with the standard array of tweets from those you follow, mentions, and direct messages, Twittelator also includes a large number of themed channels (like sports and politics), which spotlight top tweeters in several smaller categories. You can also set up your own lists of Twitter users, should you want to create your own personal channels instead of reading one big feed.
Though we may be waiting some time for an official Twitter option for iPad, fans of Twitterrific for iPhone and Mac will be pleased to hear that the iPad version leads the current pack of third-party options. Twitterrific's grey-heavy interface is simple and clean-looking, letting you clearly scroll through the tweets of those you follow and take in Twitter's trending topics all on the same page (in landscape orientation).
It's the moment we've all been anticipating for quite some time now. After this week's absence of the Tweetie 2 app in the iTunes App Store, reports are circulating that the official Twitter for iPhone app should be going live in the App Store any second now.