Ah, Twitter, the so-called “SMS of the Internet”
! Being one of the most popular microblogging social networks, Twitter proves that you don't need more than 140 characters to express yourself thoroughly – all it takes is a simple tweet. Each second, roughly 7,000 tweets (!) are being tweeted between the users of the hashtag-centric social network, which means that around 500 million tweets are being created every day. If that does not impress you, then nothing will!
Around 500,000,000 tweets get tweeted each and every day
A majority of these are being tweeted by users that sport a mobile device
, and it is highly likely that a great percentage of these devices are being powered by Cupertino's mobile OS. Although an official Twitter app can be download for free from Apple's App Store, there are a ton of 3rd-party ones, which offer more features and functionalities than the regular Twitter client. While we can't cover all of them, we've made a curated selection of some of the most popular, useful, and noteworthy ones. Well, frankly said, a large portion of the apps that have comfortably made their way to our pick below look pretty similar to each other, but then again, it's the features under the hood and the on-board options that truly make a difference.
If your favorite Twitter client for iOS isn't listed below, feel free to share it with us in the comments section. Without further ado, let's go ahead and check out some of the most noteworthy Twitter clients for the iPhone and the iPad!Note: The apps below are sorted in no particular order.
Best Twitter clients for the iPhone and the iPad
Best Twitter clients for the iPhone and the iPad
Well, here it is, the official Twitter app. Chances are that you are pretty familiar with it, as it has most probably been your first client. It comes to no surprise that it's, in fact, the most popular Twitter app for iOS devices. It is usually regarded as being pretty lightweight and convenient, so if you want a hassle-free tweeting experience, it won't disappoint. Still, you can't manage your lists from within the app - a pretty important feature, if you ask us.
The pretty popular Tweetbot is the best Twitter client for powerusers. It offers a ton of customization options, some of which are lists, native push notifications, different mute filters, customizable navigation, and many, many more. Tweetbot is available for both the iPhone and the iPad, and we highly recommend that you give it a try if you are into customization.
UberSocial is arguably one of the best and most well-rounded Twitter clients out there. At the same time, it's simple and minimalistic - UberSocial doesn't come with a farrago of customization options, but the available features are spot on. This Twitter client comes with customizable bars and tabs, auto-expandable live links, direct YouTube playback, and many more. If you are looking for the perfect combination between near-stock experience and additional functionality, then UberSocial is the Twitter client for you.
Echofon is touted as the fastest and the most powerful Twitter apps for iOS. While it's downright impossible to say if this is the case, Echofon comes with a some rather unique features, such as the tweet extender, which allows you to compose tweets that are longer than 140 characters. In addition, you can access multiple Twitter accounts at the same time. All of these functionalities, plus a lot more, are nicely wrapped up in a sleek and rather eye-catching design.
Tweetcaster is another pretty popular Twitter client, which brings “clean, attractive interface” to the table. It allows you to simultaneously post to both Twitter and Facebook, as well as hide tweets from unwanted sources without unfollowing them. Tweetcaster also handles multiple Twitter accounts, comes with improved search engine, and smart filters. Neat, right?
Well, to be honest, Tweet7 is lacking a number of basic features, but it makes up for these in the design department – it's flat and simple, comes with dynamic fonts, and is pretty beautiful! Yet, Tweet7 is devoid of push notifications, doesn't allow you to edit your lists, and lacks proper support for right to left languages. Then again, if you are looking for a simple, good-looking Twitter client, definitely give Tweet7 a go.
Twiterrific, which was one of the first Twitter clients on the App Store, is also one of the most versatile and feature-rich ones. It totes background fetching of tweets, powerful gestures, customizable fonts, colors, avatars, unread indicators for tweets, pinnable sidebars (iPad), automatic translation of tweets in your native language... should we go on? Go ahead and give it a try!
8. Janetter for Twitter
What sets apart Janetter for Twitter apart from similar iOS apps is that it is downright easy to use without lacking any major features. This client allows you to cycle between bookmarked timelines by swiping, update all of the bookmarked ones at the same time, sign in with as many Twitter accounts as you have, hide tweets with certain keywords inside, and more. If you want something simple, yet functional, you might want to give Janetter for Twitter a try.
Based on the principle that “content is king”, Tweetio is a Twitter client that won't distract you with unnecessary buttons or hate-them-or love-them features. One of its key aspects is that it is a real-time client, which doesn't require you to manually refresh your timeline. Another pretty neat feature of Tweetio is its flat and streamlined design. It is touted as being pretty fluid, so give it a go if it grabs your attention, don't hesitate to try it out.
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