Twitterrific: Initial Impressions

I’ve been using Twitter for a long time now. Some time during my usage, I became totally addicted. It all started while sitting at a beach-side bar in Huntington Beach, CA with a friend. We were eavesdropping on a date next to us because the beach itself wasn’t very interesting that day. When the date got dull (and it was an interesting date as a whole, if I recall), we needed more entertainment, so we signed up for Twitter. Sweet!

Twitterific

Twitterrific

Flash forward a year-or-so, add a new MacBook, and my Twitter addiction hasn’t abated. I had to upgrade to unlimited text messages to handle the pure madness of chat-type micro-blogging. But constant text messages just isn’t enough! I had to download an app for Mac OS X. Enter Twitterrific.

Today, I was looking for an application to make my life even more Twitter-centric and came across Twitterrific. I was a bit confused by the $14.95 price since it’s also available for free. Apparently it’s ad supported. It’s been installed for about an hour now and I haven’t seen an ad. Maybe they come later.

When it’s run for the first time it asks you for your Twitter name and password. Simple enough. It downloaded my timeline, all my direct tweets, and all @replies it could find. I wasn’t to happy about the barage of past tweets suddenly popping up on my screen. I had a lot, and they all appeared at once!

Once I got my screen back, I was left with a clean interface (though black and different than the other applications–way to be different). It seems to work well so far! A Growl-like popup appears when it downloads new tweets, which it does about every 3 minutes. There’s a customization under the preferences that let me choose how often it downloads, and it doesn’t let me choose anything faster than 3 minutes, but that probably has more to do with Twitter’s API limits than Twitterrific.

I can tweet right from the Twitterrific main window! It counts off my remaining characters (just like twitter.com) and posts when I hit enter. Simple enough. Overall, I’m initially impressed. That impression might change as I use it more often, but I’ll post something if they do.

Update: Ironically, the three minute wait seems to have less latency between updates than the text messages! Go figure. It would be nice if I could turn off device updates when it’s open.

Update: Well, I started seeing the ads. They’re a bit annoying since they’re larger than the tweets themselves. And the interface is less than optimal when receiving multiple tweets at a time. The growl-like popups show up in the wrong order–I would prefer having the most recent tweets first. Overall, not worth $14.99, but the ads aren’t enough of a nucence to warrent installing another app.

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