webOS apps for Twitter
If you were to ask any of the webOS faithful what they used their devices for the most you would more than likely hear Twitter from a fistful of them. Outside of our forums here at webOS Nation, Twitter is how most of us keep in touch with one another. We debate, give virtual high fives, discover cool new apps, and keep track of news with Twitter. To say that is important to us would be understating just how much we depend on the popular micro-blogging service.
Once upon a time the webOS landscape was full of third party Twitter clients. We never let a little thing like not having an official app stop us because at any given moment we had a multitude of choices to keep us tweeting 'till our hearts content. Over time interest in webOS dwindled and many developers either pulled their apps or abandoned them altogether. The most recent loss was developing house dots and lines pulling their powerhouse Twitter clients Carbon and Graphite.
After the initial shock of losing two of the greatest Twitter apps to ever grace our platform we composed ourselves and ventured off to the App Catalog to see what we could find. This journey turned out to be quite an eye opener for us as it was brought to our attention that good Twitter apps are hard to come by on webOS these days. A quick search of the App Catalog will bring you a fistful of results however with a little research we discovered many of these apps have been rendered useless by Twitter's various API changes over the years.
So in the spirit of saving our readers time and money we decided to put together a quick roundup of great Twitter apps. It should be noted that this list contains apps that work as advertised and can be found in the App Catalog. This article is also not intended to compare these apps as we just want to give our readers a quick heads up on what options they have available.
$2.99 (available free open source), by David Strack (webOS smartphones)
Free ($1.99 Special Edition), by Funkatron Productions (webOS smartphones and TouchPad)
“FREE FOREVER! Always open source & no ads!” is the motto here folks! Brainchild of open source coding guru Ed Finkler, Spaz has become one of the most well respected apps available for webOS. This app has damn near been around since the birth of webOS and is still alive and kicking. Despite being free Spaz always delivers an experience that can usually only be had via a paid app. It also has a couple unique features like a unified timeline and identi.ca integration. Last but certainly not least, Spaz is available for both your webOS smartphone and TouchPad. As always with most things open source it’s best to donate to the cause and the developers have made it easy with a special edition of the app for $1.99. With Spaz Special Edition you will get four extra themes and support both Spaz development and our homebrew hero's WebOS Internals.
$2.49, by Pocket Imagination (webOS smartphones)
Surprisingly, this app has managed to fly under the radar of most of the webOS faithful. Don’t let this app’s “plain Jane” look fool you because it is stuffed to the hilt with awesome features. You can expect features like pull to refresh (a rarity among Mojo apps), inline image viewing, threaded direct messages, and username autocompletion with Tachyon. So if a simple UI with lots of features is what you are looking for we would highly recommend giving this app a try!
$2.99, by Arthur Thornton (TouchPad)
Next up we have Sparrow from our very own Arthur Thornton. Sparrow gives TouchPad users the familiar three panel design that we have all grown to love in webOS 3.0. Arthur managed to pack some unique features into his app to ensure that it is the go to app for TouchPad Twitter lovers. Features like push notifications, awesome in app You Tube playback, and scrolling indicator make this app a must have! Top it all off with a beautiful design and you have yourself one heck of a way to slam out tweets on your favorite webOS tablet.
Free with $2.99 Pro upgrade option, by Couch Labs (TouchPad)
Simple, straightforward, and to the point TweetPad is a no frills approach to third party Twitter clients for the TouchPad. All the basic Twitter functions like photo uploading, conversation view, and support for multiple accounts can be found here. TweetPad uses the great three panel design that most great webOS 3.0 apps use which nobody could fault the developer for using. If you want to quench your Twitter thirst with an app that is simple, smooth, and quick then this is the app for you.
Twitter and Beyond
There are several apps we figured deserve an honorable mention but aren’t necessarily dedicated Twitter apps. If you hate to use multiple apps to consume all of your social media then incredible! by Zhephree is what you need. The developer of this wonderful app describes it as “Synergy for your social life” and we would have to agree with that description 100%. Next up we had to mention Glimpse by webOS developer extraordinaire Inglorious Apps. This cool app lets you multitask all of your needs at once with its cool widgets system. In a nutshell you can do things like check the weather, browse the web, and use Twitter all on one screen at the same time. Last but certainly not least would be the new kid on the block Taurus. Taurus by OMA Studios is an app that lets you multitask your social streams. With it’s unique dashboard-and column system you can view feeds from multiple networks like Facebook and Twitter at the same time. Just in case you haven't heard of this app before you may want to check out our recent review of this app to see how we liked it. All in all, we wholeheartedly recommend all of these apps if you want to attack social media on multiple fronts at once.