Twitter plays a huge part in my daily agenda. I find myself checking twitter, following more people, rejoicing on the followers I receive, checking trending topics, and just about anything else you can do involving Twitter. One of my favorite things to do is try out new Twitter clients. I have tried many many Twitter clients, and to be honest I don’t really have a favorite. I go back and forth between many different clients, but one of my favorites is definitely Twicca.
Twicca is still in “Beta”. Or at least it says so. But let me tell you, Twicca is not by any means less of an app because of it. In fact, Twicca is one of, if not THE, smoothest Twitter clients on the market. I feel that sometimes maybe this app doesn’t get the attention it deserves because of its beta tag, so I will point out some of its key features in this week’s App of the Week.
I will start out with the UI of Twicca. This app is either a very dark Twitter client, or a very light one. This is your choice because the app comes loaded with two different themes—can you guess?—light and dark. They are both fantastic looking. The app has four icons in a row on the bottom of the app: compose tweet, mentions, messages, and refresh. The app works a little different than others in this way. When you launch the app you are on the “home” screen. If you click mentions or messages it take you to that page and only two icons remain: compose tweet and refresh. Unlike many other popular clients, this app doesn’t use “tabs” for the different columns of things to look at. If you enter a different column, like mentions, you must hit back to return to the “home” screen. This isn’t a problem at all and works very nicely. A cool little UI feature is that the icons on the bottom sort of “float” over your column, as opposed to a dedicated bottom bar to hold them. This gives sort of a nice 3D feel, no Optimus. When you click on a specific tweet it pops up a large menu with basically every way you could react to it. Overall, the UI is very smooth and pretty.
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Twicca has A LOT of features. You can customize the entire thing to do whatever your heart desires. You can change basic things like notification intervals, auto-complete names, and other simple settings. This app does save your scroll position, but to avoid having to load extra times I would set the number of tweets allowed to be loaded to something high like 250.
You can also set colors to people’s accounts, so there tweets become easily recognizable because of a designated color. Another awesome feature is when you refresh your tweets all of your previously read tweets’ font color turns to a light gray, which contrast the black text color of unread tweets, making your unread tweets easily distinguishable. Just take some time to look through Twicca’s setting and you will see how much you can actually alter in this app.
Performance is a huge thing in apps, and Twicca doesn’t disappoint. This app doesn’t lag, and is easy to use. Depending on how many tweets you have to load, it refreshed fairly quickly, and saves your scroll position, one feature that Twitter for Android desperately needs. Performance is a must, and this app delivers.
Twicca is an awesome app, and if you haven’t tried it, it is definitely a must. Simple to use if you like it that way, but extremely customizable if that’s your thing. The beta tag is not something to be worried about because this app is much more than stable. Twicca is an outstanding Twitter app, and that is why it is this week’s App of the Week.
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe