Why I like the Twitter App

Why II used to hate the Twitter app. It was the last resort for me to use it for anything. It sat on my devices for years before I started to use it. During this time I used Hootsuite, TweetBot and a few others. Each of them seemed to work way better than the official Twitter app.

Flash forward to about a year ago. Twitter has limited third party developers. They were allowing them a certain number of users and limited what features they could use. One of those features involved pictures. If you posted a picture in the Twitter stream it would show up as a link. Twitter changed that so you can see it in the stream. At that time only the official Twitter app would show this way.

This was the time I made the switch to the official app. I wasn’t happy but after a few week using the app I really liked it. I could see who retweeted, favorite and follow conversations better. I was surprised how well I liked the app. Now it’s my main choice for managing Twitter. Twitter had made massive improvements to the app from the last time I used it.

The main thing I love is the conversations. In the stream there are blue lines that will show conversations. You can read an entire conversation between two users. No more scrolling down to try to piece together a conversation. To follow your own conversations. Just go under notifications and click the Tweet and then pull down on the text to see what was said. For me this is way easier than other apps on the market.


The app is not perfect. It takes you a while to learn how to switch between accounts on iOS. It could be way easier. They need a drop menu like Android app where you can easily switch between accounts.

The analytics aren’t very good on the app. If you go to the web version, you can see individual Tweet stats. I wish they would make this available on the app. On the go analytics can be helpful when you are away from your computer.

Overall I like the Twitter app a lot. There is room for improvement for sure in a few areas. Try the app and let me know what you think. Also, let me know what you use to manage your Twitter.

Tim is the founder of Element33. A social media agency specializing in education, management and strategy for small businesses. He comes from a traditional marketing agency but has embraced all things digital. He considers himself a marketing nerd and believes that all marketing is tied together. This means no matter what silo you are in, social, email, seach, etc, changes in one will affect the other!

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