Thirst for Twitter is a new iPad app that takes your Twitter account for a trip at the digital printing press and brings it back out in a nifty newspaper format. You might ask, “Isn’t that what Flipboard or some other similar app already does in part?” True, but Thirst for Twitter goes the extra byte. It processes the tweets in your timeline, digests them into separate topics, and presents these topics in a block-filled style inspired by print media.
A lot of the people I follow on Twitter talk about Apple all the time, while some are currently busy discussing “The Avengers.” Unsurprisingly, these two topics appear in the Newspaper tab on my Thirst for Twitter app. Clicking on either topic, as well as on any of the others, takes me to a new panel showing tweets and articles related to my chosen topic. In the case of “The Avengers,” clicking on that topic at the time of this writing treats me to a hilarious critique of the film by @fart.
The app bears a layout similar to Twitter for iPad, with a sidebar on the left and browsing panels appearing on the right. The sidebar contains, apart from the app-defining Newspaper tab, the Timeline, Mentions, Trends, and Search tabs.
Thirst for Twitter performs impressively for a brand new app, but it does lack a few features deemed standard for a Twitter client. The most notable omissions are basic favoriting, read-later app integration, and native iOS 5 Twitter authorization. These, and perhaps other useful features, ought to be in the app’s next version.
Thirst for Twitter is available now in the App Store for free. It is compatible with iPad only at the moment, but an iPhone counterpart of the app is already at the presses. Are you thirsty for this new way of consuming Twitter yet?