There are many Twitter clients for Android. Whether you use the official Twitter app, or third-party clients such as Twicca, UberSocial, , or Plume, you probably have your own way of keeping track with your timeline and mentions, retweeting and replying to important tweets, and making sure you don’t miss the really important news of the day.
But as Twitter grows, so does the amount of information you can find on it. Unless you follow precious few users, or organize everything in meticulously managed lists, you may find yourself drowning in tweets, missing important ones, forgetting to reply to mentions, or simply abandoning of the account whenever you’re busy or on the go.
One way to solve this is to filter your Twitter account and get rid of tweets you’re not really interested in. There are several ways to do this, and these Twitter filter tools will help you on your way. But when you’re on the go, browsing Twitter through your phone, you may want something different. Something like a simple app that only deals with the tweets you really care about. Does such a thing exist?
TweetsPie [Android 2.2+]
TweetsPie is a ridiculously simply Twitter client that helps you keep track only of the top tweets in your timeline. At any given time, TweetsPie show you only the top 21 tweets from your timeline, determined by the number of retweets they received.
Want to write tweets, reply to tweets, or favorite tweets? Get yourself a Twitter client. With TweetsPie, there are only two actions you can perform: retweet, and hide user. If you find a tweet you like among your top tweets, tap on it to open more options. You can then retweet it (only new retweet is supported), or choose to hide this user from your top tweets list in future. Also displayed is the number of retweets this tweet has received.
One of the most fun aspects about TweetsPie is its interface. Simple yet slick, the interface is very scarce on options, but you can access some by tapping the pie icon on the top left. This will open a new pane featuring a list of users you’ve hidden (tap users to remove them from the list), a “Show RTs from friends” button, which will cause TweetsPie to show you popular tweets your friends have retweeted, and the awesome “Useless Button”.
The useless button is not as useless as it sounds. Tap it to change the app’s interface color until you find something that suits you. Don’t get too attached to it, though, the color is randomized every time you exit the app. From here you can also enable or disable background updates, and log out of the app.
It doesn’t end here, though. TweetsPie also features a nifty homescreen widget, giving you access to all those top tweets without opening the app. The widget presents one tweet at a time, and you can scroll through it by swiping your finger on it. Tapping the widget will launch the app.
TweetsPie is a fun little app that’s bound to make you feel happier about Twitter. It’s not a full Twitter client — not by a long shot — but if you’re tired of the hustle and bustle of your Twitter timeline, this is a great and beautiful way to take a break without losing sight of the most important news.
fastTwit [Android 2.1+]
If you thought TweetsPie was simple, you haven’t seen nothing yet. Unlike TweetsPie, there’s nothing beautiful about fastTwit, yet it’s the simplest, fastest way to interact on Twitter you’ve ever seen. It’s also quite apparent that no extra thought was put into it, as seen from the original menu entry you see below (don’t you just love singing out?).
So what does fastTwit have going for it? Well, as you’ve probably guessed, it’s fast. The super simple interface is quite distraction free, and displays only your mentions and nothing else. Below these, you’ll find a bare-bones tweet composer, which you can use to reply to any tweet, or compose very simple tweets.
There’s no way to browse your Twitter timeline, this is only about mentions, and the app does its best to make interaction with users who mentioned you as easy as possible. Found a tweet you need to reply to? Tap it to automatically fill in that user’s username in the compose box, and type your reply. Long-tap any tweet for retweet (new method only) and favorite options.
The app’s settings are similarly simple, including four rudimentary themes to choose from, three text sizes, the number of mentions you wish to view at a time, and a keyboard on start toggle.
It doesn’t get any simpler than this, or, to be honest, much uglier, but beauty is not everything when it comes to apps, and fastTwit definitely serves its purpose when you need a quick run through your mentions to make sure everyone’s received their reply.
The app is ad supported, but there doesn’t seem to be a paid, ad-less version, so you’re stuck with them. They’re pretty unobtrusive, though.
How Do You Deal With Twitter Overflow?
These two apps are just one way to make sure you keep up with what’s important to you on Twitter. How do you do it? Do you have cool apps that help you? Are there other methods you’d like to recommend? Add your comments below.