I have a confession to make – I don’t really use Twitter. It’s not that I don’t have an account, it’s that I can’t seem to find it in me to sit and sift through all those tweets and actually read them. Don’t get me wrong, Twitter is an important tool, but when I actually have the time to spend, I’d rather spend it in Google Reader reading my feeds.
Do you ever wish you could read your tweets no matter where you are or what you’re doing? Or maybe you’re just so addicted to Twitter that you need to get your hit even while driving or folding your laundry? If one of these is true, you should give Tweet Speaker ($1.99 for a limited time, usually $2.99) a spin. Tweet Speaker for iOS turns your Twitter timeline into your own, personal news podcast. All you have to do is choose between your whole timeline, your mentions, or any other list you have on Twitter, and enjoy the ride.
You Don’t Need A Twitter Account To Enjoy
On the off chance that you don’t actually have a Twitter account, you can still use Tweet Speaker to get some interesting news. When you launch the app, you’ll get the usual options to sign in or sign up to Twitter, but you can also Read the News.
This option gathers tweets from multiple news sources such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, BBC World and more. Simply hit play and enjoy the latest news, Twitter style.
Your Own Personal Twitter Radio
But chances are that you do have a Twitter account (or two). Tap the Sign In button and enter your credentials, and you’re ready to start. If you don’t have lists, you can choose between your timeline and your mentions.
When you choose a list, you’ll reach this beautiful interface which shows all your tweets on a radio-like timeline. For each tweet, you can reply right from the app, mark as favorite, load the whole conversation (if there is one), and re-tweet.
Now simply hit play, sit back, and enjoy your timeline. You can pause the reading at any time, and restart it from the beginning of the last tweet you listened to.
You can see that the app’s developers put some thought into it. The voice is Twitter-adjusted and knows all the abbreviations – RT turns to “re-tweet”, links are read as their respective titles, not as incomprehensible gibberish and it’s not confused by hash tags or mentions.
The user interface is really slick as well. Scroll to the right to find your newer tweets and downwards to read conversations. If you scroll all the way to the end on either side, you’ll get the option to refresh your tweets.
If you need to stop and exit the app, the last tweet you were on is automatically bookmarked, so next time you load the app and wish to continue, it knows exactly the last tweet you were listening to.
Tapping a user’s picture will give you the options to unfollow or open in Safari.
You can add multiple clients to Tweet Speaker, so if you have a long drive ahead of you, for example, simply sign into all your accounts and spend the time catching up on all the latest news, hands free and eyes free.
You can’t control the reading voice just yet, but the developers promise that more is coming soon. As it is, you can control the reading speed and what happens when you tap links inside tweets (which you shouldn’t do while driving, of course).
Tweet Speaker also integrates with Tweet Marker, so you can keep track of the tweets you listened to even if you use other clients.
Tweet Speak is more than just a tweet reader, it’s actually a Tweeter client all by itself, but a very cool and well-made one. The interface is beautiful, and the reading functionality is surprisingly useful. If you’re a true Twitter fan, or trying to become one, it’s worth the $2. Tweet Speaker’s unique capabilities are sure to come in handy next time you walk to work and forget to bring music.
What do you think of Tweet Speaker and the general idea of listening to your tweets everywhere? Share in the comments!