There’s a definite visual streak happening all around us, with services like Pinterest and Instagram blowing up and becoming immensely popular. The visual trend is a welcome one, and we are slowly seeing people share more and more images using more and more websites, apps and other image-oriented services.
Into this mix, enters Twizgrid, an iOS app with the goal of turning one of the most popular text-oriented services, Twitter, into an entirely visual experience, and a stunning one at that. Twitter is slowly becoming a popular sharing route for images, including images taken on Instagram and other photo-sharing services. Twizgrid brings all of these together into one comprehensive image browser for Twitter, which you’re not going to want to put down.
Note that the screenshots below were taken on an iPad, the interface might look slightly different on an iPhone or iPod Touch.
Twizgrid As An Image Browser
If you want, you can connect Twizgrid with your Twitter account and use it like any other Twitter client. You don’t have to do this, however, to enjoy Twizgrid, and I will start by going over Twizgrid’s capabilities solely as a Twitter image browser.
Upon loading the app, you will meet Twizgrid’s own gird. These are images retweeted by the @Twizgrid account, and feature all kinds of beautiful images from many different users.
Swipe right and left to browse through the grid and discover more interesting photos. If you find a specific photo interesting, tap on it to find out more and to see a larger version.
An individual image page includes the image on the left, which you can pinch to zoom to its full size, and the tweet that included it on the right. In this case, since we’re browsing the main Twizgrid grid, all images are tweeted by @Twizgrid, as you can see from the small avatar on the right. There are many things that can dome with this information, and I will get to all that a bit later.
Image wise, you can swipe left and right to continue browsing photos in this form, or swipe down to go back to the grid. Tapping on an image will allow you to copy the image, e-mail it, or save it to your photo album.
Twizgrid also comes with sophisticated search capabilities, which let you filter images by keywords, locations, people and more. For example, I can easily search only for images that have to do with food. With general searches such as this, the results are highly relevant. Tap the magnifying glass icon at the top to start searching.
The search menu includes three tabs: Albums, People and Search. The Albums options lets you look at pre-configured Twizgrid albums such as pets, nature, fashion & design and more. The People tab lets you look at images uploaded by people you follow or who are following you (more on connecting your Twitter account later in this post). The Search tab is where it gets really interesting.
To start, you can search for any keyword, expression, hashtag, mention and more. The Search tab features a full list of syntaxes you can use in your search.
Now you can make this even more interesting by using locations. You can grant the app access to your current location, or enter any location in the world that comes to mind, and then search for images only near that location.
So, for example, I can search for the keyword “waterfall”, in a 200-mile radius from Hamilton, Ontario (waterfall capital of the world!), and see what images people uploaded to their Twitter accounts. Here, the results are not always spot on, but accuracy is still pretty good.
Twizgrid As An Awesome Twitter Client
As mentioned earlier, you can connect your Twitter account with Twizgrid and use it as your main Twitter client, or as an alternative for when you’re browsing images through it. Twizgrid uses the Twitter account which is configured in your device’s settings. Tap the cogwheel on the top right to connect the app to your Twitter account. Now you can really start having fun.
While browsing an image, tap the share button to retweet, favorite, or copy this specific tweet with its image.
Tap the pen icon to tweet a photo or text. You can pick a photo from your library, or use the device’s camera to take a photo and attach to your tweet. You can then compose your tweet as you would on any other client and send it to the world. You can also add a location to your tweet.
Here is one of my favorite features on Twizgrid: While browsing tweets, you can tap on any hashtag or Twitter username, and immediately view a photo grid for that hashtag or user.
These grids are composed of tweets from all over Twitter, not just those curated by Twizgrid. If you’re curious about a user, either tap a username or the avatar thumbnail, and Twizgrid will open a full profile page for that user, complete with info, latest tweets, a follow button and the option to view this user’s grid.
Twizgrid is, hands down, one of the best iOS apps I’ve reviewed this year. The interface is gorgeous and intuitive, and it really seems like the developers have thought of everything. While reading my Twitter feed becomes boring sometimes, using Twizgrid brings new life into Twitter, and creates an experience that is frankly better than Instagram and Pinterest combined. Even the price is sweet.
What do you think of Twizgrid? Should Twitter be viewed in such a visual way, or does this compromise the whole point of Twitter? Do you know of similar services that visualize Twitter? Let us know in the comments!
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