TwitF ($0.99) by Eric McKinley is an app that’s designed to be used in conjunction with Twitter. The app allows you to create small, pixellated drawings that are then shared with both your followers and other TwitF users.
These drawings are not images, so only your followers who use TwitF will be able to view them unhindered. For followers who do not use the TwitF app, your tweets will look like complete gobbledygook, though clicking on the included link will allow them to view your creation.
This is what the app outputs, and what normal followers will see: w000000000000000c010600w300g1w080M040o030c01w6 00M300o1w00001000MM00go00o600s3w0Y0s3U07_M00000000 00000v
The app is nicely designed and has a fantastic drawing interface. You’re given a small canvas with a brush in three sizes and an eraser. You can choose one color for the background and one color for the foreground, but you can’t use more than two colors in each drawing because of the limitations of not displaying the drawing as an image.
Drawing is as simple as dragging your finger on the screen (as in most drawing apps) and you can zoom in and out with pinch gestures. You can pan along the screen using two fingers, and switching colors (there are 64 to choose from) is done by dragging the color selector to your preferred choice.
Finished drawings can be automatically Tweeted, and there are also buttons for undoing your last move and clearing the canvas entirely. With the timeline functionality, you can look at the drawings that your friends using TwitF have made, and with trending, you can see the popular TwitF drawings from all users.
Using TwitF is like sending secret messages to your friends. Those friends without TwitF won’t be able to decode them without clicking a link, so this app has limited functionality.
I can’t see ever using this app in a serious capacity because of the gibberish tweets that it posts to my account. You can only see the drawings within the app itself, so anyone viewing your Twitter timeline will see straight code, which I am understandably reluctant to spam my followers with.
In fact, after I test tweeted a picture from within the app, I was asked by multiple people what was wrong with my Twitter account and why I had tweeted something weird.
This app is unique because it allows you to create doodles that fit within Twitter’s 140 character specification, but it’s only practical if you can get all of your friends on board and if you don’t mind alienating your non TwitF followers.