Color me confused. Mac users can choose from a dozen or so highly capable, useful, fun, and somewhat different Twitter apps.
However, Twitter says they don’t like non-Twitter apps that confuse users. But Twitter wants developers to integrate their apps with Twitter. But Twitter is afraid of Twitter app developers. What’s a Twitter app lover to do? To buy or not to buy? That is my question.
2 More Great Twitter Apps—For Now
Before digging into Twitter’s travails, let me identify yet two more ways to tweet, watch Twitter, and engage in Twitterdom. One is free. One is dirt cheap. Both are fun.
Tweetanium is the freebie Twitter app. It’s an odd duck or sorts, but worth a look.
The growing trend among newcomers to Mac apps is to toss an app on the Mac App Store and see what happens.
You won’t find much online to tell you what Tweetanium does. Well, it tweets. It handles timeline browsing, retweets, tweeting, direct messaging, following and unfollowing.
And, it does so it in a decidedly non-creative, non-intuitive, left brain way. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
It’s a Twitter app that debuts at a time when Twitter seems not to like other people’s Twitter apps. Try to find one mention of Tweetanium on the app developers web site.
Tweet For A Few Dollars More
Also available on the Mac App Store is the cuter, right-brained Tweeterena for Mac, which doesn’t really look different than other Twitter apps for the Mac—it just does more.
If you want a Twitter app to do more than a timeline, Tweeterena aims to please. It handles multiple accounts, notifies you via Growl, lets you search Twitter and displays the latest trends.
Of course, you can retweet, select favorites, reply, check @mentions, upload images via Twitpic, direct message and much more. Not bad for a few dollars more.
What’s Wrong With Twitter?
I mean, besides the fact that 95-percent of Twitter users follow and never bother to tweet. Twitter seems to be afraid of Twitter app developers. From Ryan Kim at GigaOm on third party apps:
They command a very sizable portion of apps that can’t be monetized in the same way native apps can. And they explain why Twitter upped its battle with third-party clients last week when the company’s platform director, Ryan Sarver, bluntly told developers to not pursue new Twitter clients and told existing client makers they would be put on a short leash.
Yet, Twitter claims to want cool applications that integrate with Twitter. Unless they compete with Twitter. How does Twitter make money again? I keep forgetting.
How is Twitter putting the skids on third party Twitter apps? Juan Carlos Perez in PC World quotes from Ryan Sarver, on the Twitter app development team:
Developers have told us that they’d like more guidance from us about the best opportunities to build on Twitter. More specifically, developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no.
Uh oh. What does that mean?
Does it mean Twitter wants you to use only the official Twitter apps (they’re free)?
Or, does Twitter expect app developers to Think Different™ and leave the features to Twitter?
Or, has Twitter figured out a way to make money with Twitter and they don’t want to share it with anyone?
From what I can see, Twitter is afraid that too many Twitter users are using non-Twitter apps, and that once Twitter finds a way to make money, they’ll make less because they have less control over their users.
My view is that since most Twitter users just watch, there’s other problems to worry about at Twitter.