A new view on Twitter with Twitterific

I’m not a huge Twitter user, but it has largely replaced reading RSS feeds in daily use for me. My primary interface for it is my phone or iPad, and I chose Tweetbot as my client a long time ago. I was pleased with it, especially once it could sync my position in my timeline. But over the last few weeks its sync began failing for me, and none of the troubleshooting I tried revived it.

After poking around a bit, Twitterific seemed like the closest competitor in terms of features and polish, so I took the plunge. Sync via Tweet Marker has worked perfectly for me so far, and there are several features that are implemented better in Twitterific than in Tweetbot, in my opinion.

For example, I love how I can set it up to save links to either Instapaper or Pinboard at the same time. It never made sense to me why Tweetbot made me choose between these two services — there isn’t much overlap in the way I use them, yet it lumped these and others into the “Read Later” services. I tend to save lots of links to Pinboard that I think I might want to access later, but Instapaper is only for long articles I know I want to read later, most likely offline. Everything I post to Instapaper I want in my Pinboard account, but I don’t want random links cluttering up my Instapaper reading list. I never found a comfortable configuration in Tweetbot, even resorting to emailing links to my Instapaper account as a workaround.

I also like the implementation of “muffling” better in Twitterific than “muting” in Tweetbot. When I muffle a user in Twitterific, the program displays a single line indicating that the muffled user has posted something, a reminder that I’m still following them and can check back in any time. In Tweetbot, if I “mute” a user, I don’t see anything in my timeline from them.

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