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ipad twitter clientsA slew of awesome iPad social networking apps are coming online that are taking great advantage of the devices great display and added space.

In this review, we’ll look at two free Twitter client for the iPad. Both of the apps are well established Twitter clients that are already available for both the Mac and the iPhone.

1- Twitterrific for the iPad

Among the social networking apps to first get an iPad update is the terrific free Twitterrific for the iPad [iTunes Store link]. I have been using it as my main Twitter app on my iPhone, so I was elated to see it come so quickly to the iPad.

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When you download Twitterrific, the first thing you notice is how well designed it is for the iPad”˜s format. It makes great use of the extra screen real estate, and nothing about the app seems wasted in terms of the user interface.

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Twitterrific contains all the features that you find in the browser version of Twitter, plus additional ones. In landscape mode, all the features of the app are upfront and accessible. In the sidebar, you can access all your tweets, Mentions, direct messages, searches, favorites, list and trends. What’s useful about this features is that these menu items are not hidden, and thus you don’t need to make several taps in order to access say your saved searches.

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You also get a couple of tweet posting options. You can add photos from you iPad photo library and you can upload to other Twitter related services like Posterous, TwitPic, and TwitVid.

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In landscape mode, the sidebar disappears but you can easily access with a single tap of your Twitter name. The menu bar items are there as well for sending new tweets and refreshing updates. The menu bar also includes a quick access to your Twitter account.

The free version of Twitterrific is of course ad-supported, but the ads are very unobtrusive; and to be honest, I’ve clicked on them more than I do on ads of most favorite websites. The only drawback to the free version of Twitterrific is that if you want to add multiple Twitter accounts to the app, you have to upgrade to the paid version of the app.

If you’re not a heavy Twitter user, Twitterrific is a great free app that you will want to have on your iPad.

2- TweetDeck for iPad

If you are a Twitter power user, I would suggest TweetDeck [iTunes Store link] for both your Mac and your iPad. As with Twitterrific, TweetDeck makes excellent use of the iPad format. And what’s unique about TweetDeck is that you can have several columns of tweet streams open at one time. So one column may consist of All Friends tweets, another of your Mentions, and few more of your favorite keyword searches.

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And just because only three columns can be viewed on the screen at one time, it doesn’t mean you can”˜t have several more open; for all you have to do is slide columns to the left to see more of the.

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Another cool feature is that when you tap and hold on a tweet, menu controls (reply, retweet, direct message, favorite) pop-up for easy access and navigation.

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In portrait mode, you of course can only view two columns at a time, and the top half of the screen gets filled with a single tweet based on a selected tweet in one of the columns. This seems sort of redundant in my view, but for some users, it could be useful for better viewing of single messages.

TweetDeck has various other features, including tagging, geotagging, map links, and adding photos from your photo library.

Some users have complained in the iTunes App Store that TweetDeck has been crashing a lot. If this occurs, you might try shutting down your iPad and restarting it to see if there’s better performance. I haven’t used the app enough to gauge the performance in this regard.

TweetDeck is totally free and the developers have written about additional features for version 2 of the application.

So what Twitter client are you using on your iPad? Let us know how it’s working.

  1. erin
    June 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Twitterific is cool but has some annoying bugs, like one that constantly tells you that the Twitter API servers are unavailable. They claimed it's a WiFi issue, but I'm not on Wifi at all.

  2. Phill Kenoyer
    May 28, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I like Twitterific, but it just seems like the iPhone version blown up. I like Tweetdeck because I can see my multiple accounts on the same screen, but it crashes a lot and is missing a lot of features. I want to try out the new Twitter client ShinyTweet. But paying money for something that I don't know if I want kinda sucks. I wish the app store had a try before you buy solution. But that wouldn't make sense to their shareholders. ;-)

  3. Alex
    May 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I was a huge fan of Tweetdeck. I had it on my Mac and my iPhone and it worked beautifull. One issue I was not happy about is the fact that there is no sync between Mac and iPhone version. But since I have my iPad I do not use it anymore. Tweetdeck for iPad has issues with the timelines. Btw I am an iPad user in Europe. For as far as I know this bug is known when you are a US-user. There is a workaround, but I just want it to work!!!!

  4. VigTheGeek
    May 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Tweetdeck for the Mac and iPhone are both amazing products. The one for the iPad is seriously lacking. I have a column on mac and iphone for personal friends. It's just a column so I can see people that I know in real life. Can't do that on the iPad. It only lets me put predefined columns. What's worse is that I did a sync of all my columns from the mac to my tweetdeck account. I entered my tweetdeck information into the iPad version and it still doesn't sync columns. It's 1:30 am and my brain is at its limit for now but I know I've had more trouble with it.

    I use Tweetdeck, twitterific, seesmic and the official Twitter app spread out across the iPad and the iPhone depending on the use case at the moment.

  5. Anonymous
    May 27, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Tweetdeck for the Mac and iPhone are both amazing products. The one for the iPad is seriously lacking. I have a column on mac and iphone for personal friends. It's just a column so I can see people that I know in real life. Can't do that on the iPad. It only lets me put predefined columns. What's worse is that I did a sync of all my columns from the mac to my tweetdeck account. I entered my tweetdeck information into the iPad version and it still doesn't sync columns. It's 1:30 am and my brain is at its limit for now but I know I've had more trouble with it.

    I use Tweetdeck, twitterific, seesmic and the official Twitter app spread out across the iPad and the iPhone depending on the use case at the moment.

  6. Doug
    May 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    The official Twitter app (f/k/a Tweetie) runs great on jailbroken iPads using the FullForce plugin from Cydia. When you click on twitpics (and other twitter picture services), the image opens up full screen on the iPad.

  7. Tris Hussey
    May 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I have to agree on your choices and that TweetDeck on the iPad crashes a lot. A lot a lot. Pretty much every time I use it. Why do I keep it? Columns. So I, in fact, bounce between Twitterific and TweetDeck. I figure there will be an update to TweetDeck soon enough.

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