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Many social media services are surfacing and impressing us with their usefulness so it’s very hard to maintain our presence in only one service these days. Updating all of these the easy way has been possible to intelligent, time-saving and work-reducing iPhone Twitter apps like Posterous.

It not only updates your services depending on your commands of which services get updated, but it also stores all your files and links, with an email (so you can update by cell phone 5 Popular Sites That You Can Update via Email from Your Mobile 5 Popular Sites That You Can Update via Email from Your Mobile Read More with an email to post@posterous.com). So by emailing Posterous any of those videos and pictures you have stashed in, say, your phone, you can back your files up, start your personal photoblog Start Your Own Personal Photo Blog the Dead Simple Way With Posterous Start Your Own Personal Photo Blog the Dead Simple Way With Posterous Read More , or use Posterous to host your illustrated tweets.

Recently, Posterous actually tightened its Twitter integration by opening post.ly (the URL shortener for Posterous users’ blog posts) as a Twitter-updating and file-uploading web app, which brings you the best of Posterous capabilities 6 Cool Tips to Get More Out of Posterous 6 Cool Tips to Get More Out of Posterous Read More , along with a character counter, a textbox to add a post description, and the speed of uplading files through your web browser.

It’s great to see Posterous expand its services, especially to such popular ones as Twitter but are there Twitter apps that go the other way around and integrate Posterous as the picture-hosting service? Posterous has a list for apps that post images on their service, but some of them were paid apps. Let’s examine the best iPhone Twitter apps that do the same thing for free on the iPhone.

Twitterrific, version 2.1.3

The free version of Twitterrific [iTunes link, website] is incredibly popular (among other popular ones is Tweetdeck which hosts its blog at Posterous, but strangely, doesn’t post pictures to Posterous), has very complete and extraordinary search functions (search one or many words, by screen names or places) and customizable tapping shortcuts, shows trends, supports multiple accounts and posting pictures to yfrog, TwitPic/TwitVid, Twitgoo/TwitVid and Posterous.It also has a shortcut-friendly Mac desktop client The 5 Free Twitter Clients For Your Mac The 5 Free Twitter Clients For Your Mac Read More so you don’t have to double-read your friends’ updates.

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Although its minimalistic approach serves well for the everyday Twitterer, its Posterous integration is too simplistic in that it doesn’t update your Posterous blog with the tweet, just the picture.

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If you use Posterous’ Autopost feature to update across all your social networking sites, then you will see just the picture everywhere, with no caption, just the text “Untitled.”

Twizzle, version 1.6.3

Twizzle [iTunes link, website] was recently featured in-depth Twizzle - The Latest and One of the Best in iPhone Twitter Apps Twizzle - The Latest and One of the Best in iPhone Twitter Apps Read More for its power features, many of which are found in the best paid iPhone Twitter apps. Its clutter-free, ad-free interface lets you access your tweets from multiple accounts, mentions, DMs, and Favorites horizontally. Its search function lets you jump to any Twitter user’s tweets, Trending Topics and even your Saved Searches.

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Like Twitterrific, Twizzle unfortunately only updates the picture, with no actual tweet on your Posterous blog. It does notify you of which Twitter client you used to post the picture though.

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Since it’s a pretty new app, Twizzle may be just trying to get the word out there about its its truly full-featured free app, but it’d be even better if it also included the tweet on the blog post.

Twittelator, version 3.6

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This app [iTunes link, website] will impress you with its space-saving icons, ability to customize the background color, text font and size, and browser other users’ templates in case you want more than the 3 native themes. It also uploads to 9 different photo-hosting sites (Moby, Pikchur, TwitPic, Yfrog, TwitGoo, TweetPhoto, WordPress, Twitlens and you guessed it, Posterous), 2 audio-hosting sites (Moby, Posterous) and 5 video-hosting sites (Yfrog, Moby, TwitVid, Posterous, Pikchur). Most other features in the Settings tab are Twittelator Pro features only, which you don’t need to post your tweet as a title on your Posterous blog post.

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SimplyTweet Lite, version 2.5.1

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SimplyTweet Lite [iTunes link, website] is a simple app with elegant Posterous integration (that even Posterous recognized), plus additional features. It actually recommends Posterous for your longer tweets (there’s an option in Settings just for the purpose of setting or not Posterous as your blog in case 140 characters aren’t enough for you), lets you save items to your Instapaper account (just like in Twitterrific and Twittelator) and has customizable buttons for different replying functions. When you post pictures on SimplyTweet, Posterous is entirely updated (with your tweet as post title, as well as post body comment) and even tagged.

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These four powerful apps make posting all your random pictures (or videos) you take on your iPhone to Posterous while you tweet a breeze (they could be near perfection for me if they had offline capabilities iPod Touch : 10 Cool Productivity Apps For Offline Use iPod Touch : 10 Cool Productivity Apps For Offline Use Read More for me to catch up on my friends’ tweets while I commute). Which ones do you prefer and why?

  1. TvvitterBug
    February 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Nice article!

    I think the Twitter client landscape has really changed in 2010. New approaches and design strategies have yielded some remarkable new Twitter clients. One in particular is TvvitterBug. It eloquently combines simplicity with great functionality and entertaining animations to give you the most out of your Twitter experience.

    TvvitterBug 1.3 is currently in the approval process for release on the App Store this week. This release brings together the culmination of all the features, capabilities, and functionality most sought after in an iPhone/iPod Twitter App, including:

    1. All of the power you want, without the complexity you don’t.
    2. Five (TvvitterBug exclusive) user-customizable Tweet Views.
    3. Up to Five user accounts easily accessible from any view through a simple drag-down menu.
    4. Persistent Tweets between launchings so you can view your tweets anytime.
    5. Double-Tap Instant Update to easily and quickly refresh your tweet views on demand.
    6. Built-in Photo capabilities to add photos directly to your tweets.
    7. Built-in Translation support using any of the state-of-the-art web translation engines you choose, such as Google Translate, Yahoo Babelfish, or Promt Translator.
    8. Built-in Web Access to view tweet embedded pictures and other URLs.
    9. Editable User Profile, including setting a new Avatar picture.
    10. Support for both “Fixed” and “Editable” Retweets – your choice.
    11. Landscape support for both Views and Keyboard.
    12. Automatic Language detection and display – great when you’re surfing!
    13. Automatic last-state restore on subsequent launchings.
    14. It also supports Lists, Spam reporting, deleting tweets, follow/unfollow, favorite/unfavorite, search of Message, From, and/or To in any timeline, Search and Trends timelines.
    15. The same ease-of-use and lightning fast operation as the original version.

    I think your readers would be interested in learning more about TvvitterBug from one of your reviews.

    • Jessica
      February 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      TvvitterBug seems cool but it's a $2.99 app so it wouldn't fit on this list of free Twitter apps.

  2. Vince
    January 26, 2010 at 3:50 am

    I still think the way to go is the iPhone email client - it's just too easy not to use. Multiple pictures, tags, post body... the works. You write it all up, email it to post@posterous.com and you're done. I do almost all of my tweeting through Posterous, through email now.

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

      Yes, the native Mail client is easy to use and for multiple pictures, it's the best option, but the differences are that with these Twitter apps, you can read the tweets from your friends, and have that 140-character count function.

      By the way, SimplyTweet actually allows you to go over the 140 characters because it'll automatically post the rest of your tweet on Posterous (it's very well integrated with Posterous.)

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