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| April 26, 2011
First Look: TweetDeck 2.0 - The Real Twitter For iPhone Killer?
Earlier today, TweetDeck (for iPhone and iPod touch) received a huge update - something its developer called a "re-imagining." The new version (2.0) is "rebuilt from the ground up," and is undoubtedly much improved - but, is it good enough to challenge the likes of Tweetbot and the official Twitter app? Read on to find out our first impressions. First off, like the Twitter app, TweetDeck is free. This is definitely a big positive: Tweetbot is currently priced at $1.99, and - while the official Twitter application is good (and currently my favorite of the three) - the fact that the Twitter app is developed by Twitter, Inc. does have its drawbacks (such as the infamous #dickbar incident, which has its roots in Twitter's interest in advertising, and "promoted trends"). When Tweetbot came along, we were really impressed - however, I for one skulked back into the open arms of the official Twitter app after little more than a day of using Tweetbot, for a number of reasons - namely, because it felt sluggish and just "not right." Apparently, this "sluggishness" has been addressed in an update to Tweetbot (which was released today). But, for me, the sluggishness of Tweetbot drove me back to Twitter - and there I've stayed, until today. TweetDeck's update has everyone excited again - mainly at the prospect of another alternative to the official Twitter application. Change is good, right? For this reason - and in order to write this article - I downloaded TweetDeck, synced my Twitter account with the app, and gave it a test drive. Here's what you can expect: Unlike the Twitter app, TweetDeck features a dark design. By default, the white font of tweets in your timeline sits against a dark gray backdrop (see above screenshot). When composing tweets, this dark gray backdrop switches over to white. Personally, I prefer the design of both Twitter and Tweetbot over TweetDeck in this respect: If I'm continually visiting and re-vising an app, I personally want the app to look light and airy - not dark and depressive. Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be any way of changing the appearance of TweetDeck, which is annoying. Here's a comparison of Twitter, Tweetbot, and TweetDeck, each displaying my timeline. (Click to enlarge.)