Twitter made a big announcement this afternoon from its west coast offices. The microblogging service has announced a new Twitter.com. The new site will feature a new user interface with a much bigger sidebar that will take up half of the screen real estate on your monitor (or, if you prefer, your mobile device). The right pane will also have mini profiles of users with their recent tweets. Twitter calls it a, "richer, faster experience"
Wednesday was an exciting day to be an Apple fan, but not so much for iPad users (save for that brief iOS 4.2 preview). All of that changed when the clock struck midnight and Twitter released an update to their official app, bringing universal compatibility.
While Twitter is a great tool for keeping up with breaking news, product updates and celebrity chatter, the more people you add, the more “noise” that you wind up trying to filter through to get to the stuff you want. Enter Hibari, the new Mac client for Twitter that lets you easily keep your tweet stream clutter-free.
If you're already using Seesmic to keep simultaneous tabs on all of your social networks, you'll be thrilled to hear that the latest rendition of the popular desktop application is now available as a beta download. If you're not already using Seesmic, you're still going to want to pay attention.
Seesmic, for the uninitiated, is a one stop shop application for all of your social networking needs that allows for simultaneous aggregation of Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, and a ton of other social networks. In essence, it's a swiss army knife of social networks for your Mac.
If you’re a Facebook and/or Twitter junkie who hasn’t quite found the best reading experience on the iPad just yet, you might want to take a look at a new free option called Flipboard, which turns your social content into a magazine-style experience.
The folks over at TechCrunch have noticed a new entry into the Twiitersphere: Apple's senior vice-president of iOS software Scott Forstall. The account is verified, meaning that it is indeed the real Forstall that helms it. Why is this news? To be honest, we're not sure just yet.
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).