Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

Summary: Twitter may not have been included in Windows Phone 7 at launch, but developers were quick to provide support and now we have at least 5 apps with some great functionality.

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Another week and another 419 apps for the Windows Phone 7 platform, including another Xbox LIVE game title. You will find Parachute Panic ($2.99), which I purchased after hearing it was a great game with cool graphics. Remember, you can install this game and give them a try for free before you make the purchase. After installing it you will find it in the Games hub and not on the list of applications, but you can still pin it to the Start screen.

The number of new apps each week is staying fairly consistent at just over 400 a week with a current count up to 6,884 apps.

One of the first complaints most of us had about Windows Phone 7 at launch was the lack of Twitter support when Facebook was so well integrated. It has been a couple of months since we have had Windows Phone 7 devices and we now see at least five dedicated Twitter applications available for the platform. I found the Twitt client after I shot the included video so it isn't shown in action (it never showed up in my Marketplace search). The list below has the Twitter apps from newest to oldest with a table below giving you a quick look at some of the key features of Twitter mobile clients and how they stack up.

  1. Birdsong: This newest Twitter client just launched yesterday. Birdsong is available for $1.99, but there is a free trial that lets you check it out a bit. It has a very nice threaded conversation view, configurable timelines, integrated photo viewing, integrated location previews, and an integrated web browser. I love the conversation view and the integrated web browser that lets you follow links and stay within the application. If they can get notification support soon then this will likely become my default Twitter client.
  2. Twitt - A Twitter Client: I used the Twitt application back on my Windows Mobile 6.x devices and it appears to be a decent application. I don't like that so much of the display is taken up by headers and the Metro UI though and would like to see more usable screen real estate. The application is available for 99 cents and there is no trial version to test out. There is no conversation view or notifications, but you can use it to have your Tweets read out loud.
  3. Beezz: The client I have been using for that past few weeks is Beezz, primarily because of the Toast and Live tile notification support that makes it easy to jump back into the application. It looks similar to the original Twitter client, but does have a few less features. The main thing I see missing is conversation view. I also like clients that let you add text to Retweets, but Beezz doesn't let you do this yet. You can get Beezz for FREE in the Marketplace.
  4. Twitter: The second Twitter application available on WP7 was the official Twitter app and with the exception of toast and Live tile notifications it is one of the most full featured clients even today. It has the look and feel of other official Twitter mobile clients and I keep it on my device in case there is something I need to do that I can't with another application. Twitter is available for FREE.
  5. Seesmic: Seesmic was the first Twitter application on Windows Phone 7 and at first it did not have support for the native keyboard, but that has now been fixed. Seesmic is a full featured client that supports multiple Twitter accounts, and Facebook, while having a pretty slick interface. There are no notifications or support for conversation view so I never use it on my HD7. Seemsic is available for FREE.

Here is a table comparing some key features of Windows Phone 7 Twitter clients and as you can see there is not yet a SINGLE application that has all of the high end features power users will likely want in one client. Then again, after I put this table together it becomes pretty obvious what Twitter application I am going to put above the fold on my Start screen.

Birdsong Twitt Beezz Twitter Seesmic
Notifications None None Toast and Live tile None None
Conversation view Yes No No Yes No
Multiple accounts No No No Yes Yes, Facebook too
Photo upload Twitpic Twitpic Twitpic Multiple Two options
Retweet comment Yes Yes No Yes No
Location Tweet No No No Yes Yes
Tweet username No No No Yes No
Which application is your favorite? What are the most important mobile Twitter features for you?

UPDATE: It seems my search using the term Twitter on my HD7 didn't turn up all the prospects and a friendly reader sent me a link to Twozaic for WP7. This looks like an interesting UI and it actually appears this app may have everything, but notifications as well.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • VERIZON IPHONE!

    Who cares! Verizon has the iPhone now! I'm getting 2 when it comes out! Goodbye Android!!

    WP7? Enjoy your giant icons! lol
    Hasam1991
    • Enjoy your sea of apps

      To each their own.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @Hasam1991 And this has what to do with this article?? You're just inviting me to poke fun at the iPhone's ugly little grid of icons, aren't you? :-)
      Tiggster
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @Hasam1991

      That's a live tile rather than a static collection of pixels leading to a siloed app. I really don't have the patience to put up with a retro UI - obviously, you do ;-)
      tonymcs@...
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @Hasam1991 Enjoy your screens of static icons and apps with no integration, tool. iOS is yesterday's leader.
      Lamerz
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  • Facebook and Twitter are all I need

    Excellent list. Can wait to see what comes along for WP7 this year.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @Cylon Centurion 0005 The Facebook app could use a bit of work, but I generally only use the "People" tile anyway which is great!
      Tiggster
  • WP7 is Fantastic

    Great news on the Twitter clients for WP7. So far, I am loving my WP7 (Dell Venue Pro) and do not miss Android one bit. It is nice to MS finally innovating in the smartphone area, as WinMo 6.5 was just painful. <br><br>I believe long term there is room for 3 to 4 Smartphone OS types - iPhone, Android, Windows, and probably Blackberry. Not sure I see MeeGo or WebOS really doing much. Nokia would be smarter to align around WP7 and design a couple of killer phones (ala how Motorola saved itself by doing this with Android).<br><br>You are going to see companies like Dell really push WP7 as business class devices as well. That will help the platform gain some steam.
    cashcar1979
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @cashcar1979
      Yes exactly. Once the Office Hub gets Mango update, this becomes top notch. Already Exchange integration and other email integration is really awesome. Once enterprise class social sites like Yammer and tibbr gets their apps up and running, I think this becomes a real device that enterprise is looking for. If Microsoft can make WP7 runtime and Metro UI available for Windows 7 Tablets, then running these two devices for enterprise needs would be a killer.
      Ram U
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

    I've been using the Twitter app on my Windows Phone 7 since it came out and find if very user friendly and fully functional. Great app on a great phone.
    Digger_z
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

    Write the truth and get reported as spam, nice; the fact is if you don't actually have an XBOX or any desire to buy one it's be hard to get excited about Xbox LIVE game titles for the phone. Every week a new article comes out talking about all the great new apps, and it's like half of them are just shameless pay-for-play plugs for XBOX live. It's not spam, it's the truth.
    Socratesfoot
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @Socratesfoot Wow! Where are you getting your "facts"? Only a small fraction of apps for WP7 are XBox Live titles, so what are you talking about? Did you read that on some anti-MS Droid fanboy site? LOL
      Tiggster
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

        @Tiggster You show me a site that says otherwise. According to ZDNET as of November 2010 the MS app store only had 1658 apps. Now let's say they've even put out 500 apps a month since then, it's still no where near 4000 apps yet. So you count all the social networking tools, office integration apps, and email tools combined and you get what? maybe 100? I may not be able to find you a list, but I can look at the XBOX/WP7 featured apps sections and get you more XBOX live titles than that. So how do you see the remaining 2000-3000 apps being distributed? It's Microsoft, if it isn't integrated with something Microsoft profits from, it isn't going to be there.
        Socratesfoot
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

        @Socratesfoot Are you kidding? WP7 already has nearly 7,000 apps available in the marketplace. Check this out: http://www.marketplacebrowser.com

        BTW: I published a silly app I threw together in one evening, Police Lights 7, into the marketplace last weekend and it already has several thousand downloads. That's quite a bit for a platform that "nobody uses". :-)
        Tiggster
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

        @Socratesfoot - You just proved yourself clueless. It's not hard to find out how many apps are available. How about 7000 already? You obviously have no idea what is actually IN the marketplace and no idea what the app approval process consists. Nice fanboy rant you got going there.
        Lamerz
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

    Very nice reviews asusal. Yes, really good apps. I like birdsong and its unique presentation of each twit like SMS Thread. I stopped using my EVO 4g to read tweets, I started using Birdsong on WP7.
    Ram U
  • Twitter: WAKE UP!

    I'm stunned that even after all this time, Twitter hasn't updated their WP7 client to make use of live tiles--which is one of WP7's great differentiating features.

    I've been using Beezz because of this, but as this piece mentions it lacks some other features that would be useful.

    So come on, Twitter... Wake up and get with the program!
    ParrotHead_FL
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

      @ParrotHead_FL <br>Beezz is a good client and I like it especially for toast notifications. Too bad, Twitter hasn't used the full power of WP7. They could have implmented live and Toast Notifications easily.
      Ram U
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 Wednesday; Twitter apps are here

    Birdsong is awesome! Loving the configurable timelines and threaded conversations, all in all a very well designed app...
    bigronnie