It’s amazing to see what kind of app social networking app developers will release next. There’s literally hundreds of such apps, but there seems to be no shortage of ideas. Even Twitter now has made some significant changes to its own mobile clients, and as usual there’s a slew of programs that will appeal to niche audiences.
In this article, we take a look the recent Twitter updates to it’s UI, Noiselabe’s self-portrait and avatar app, Avatr* and an app called Quick Tweet, for those who need to post tweets on the fly without streaming interruptions. Each of the apps will appeal to different users, but all three may be useful to Twitter power users.
Twitter Client Updates
First, the most recent update of Twitter’s own client app includes a nearly complete re-design of its user interface that resembles its online layout more. The most significant update is the profile area where you can now see all the recent photos posted by a Twitter user. Photos can be viewed in nearly full screen in a slideshow format.
A photo posted to tweets can also be viewed within the stream instead of on a separate page, and the buttons for replying, retweeting, favoriting a tweet are also more easily accessible at the bottom of tweet, when it’s tapped on.
And another notable change is the Discover section, where Twitter showcases some recent news events, your activity page, including a list of new followers, favorites, trends, and recommendations for who to follow.
I’m not sure if this is a recent update, but you can also change your avatar photos and header within the Twitter app as well. To do so, simply tap on “Me” in the bottom menu, then tap on your present avatar photo to bring up the editor. From there you can tap “Photo” and view your photo on a larger screen, or change and update it by snapping a self-portrait, or grabbing one from your Photo Library.
These and other changes make the new updated Twitter client possibly more appealing than the long-time popular clients like Tweetbot.
Avatr* of Self-Portraits
For heavy Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr socialites, Noiselabe’s new Avatr*, for the iPhone, enables users to take self-portraits and post them to their Avatr* stream, as well update their avatar on their social network. (The latter feature would be unique, but as noted above you can make changes to your avatar in the Twitter app. The update seems to take longer in the Avatr* app.)
But Avatr* is nearly another social networking app, for it allows you to view the avatars of other users, like and make comments on their photos, and follow them as well.
You can build and share a collection of avatar photos, and view the collections of others. And of course, the app allows you to post social network comments from within the app.
And by the way, to change the avatar on your social page (it’s not spelled out in the app), tap on the photo you would like to use, then tap the “A” button in the menu bar. From there, choose the social network where you would like to change your Avatr*, and tap “Update.”
Quick Tweet for iOS 5
Quick Tweet for iOS 5 ($0.99) is an aptly named app for simply posting tweets, as well as photos and links, without the distraction of your Twitter timeline updates.
After connecting to your Twitter account, when you launch the app you choose to either post a simple word tweet (tap the middle birdy icon) or post a tweet with a new photo, or one taken from your Photo library. Or you can add a URL post.
There’s probably no end to the different types of Twitter and other social networking apps that creative developers can produce, and that’s a good thing. Because these apps will appeal to niche users of network socialites.
Let us know what you think of these apps, and which is your favorite Twitter client that you love to use. And for other Twitter related ideas, check out our directory of articles here.