In the past few years we’ve been on a quest to reduce clutter in our every day lives and that effort has trickled down to apps on the Mac. For example, no Office. Even our usage of Twitter and Facebook have gone from the tedium of figuring out how to use the built-in complexity of their apps to keeping it simple.
This is the story of Itsy.
Twitter Is Free, Except…
There’s a little known and seldom understood fact about modern Mac life. It’s complicated.
Complicated, in that on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, we’re deluged with apps that have a growing array of features.
Feature creep meet app creep. The only way to avoid all those apps and all those features is to choose apps carefully.
Simple is better. Think about it. That’s why Apple hasn’t added a boatload of features to anything in iLife. Complexity means complication. Complication takes more time to learn, more time to use.
Remember what Henry David Thoreau said:
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
Ain’t it the truth? So, out with apps that have more features than Lady Gaga and in with simple. Simple like Itsy, the itsy bitsy Mac Twitter app.
Simple, elegant, useful (as much as Twitter is useful), easy on the eyes and with just the right amount of Twitter features.
Up close, your Twitter stream looks like this; a floating palette that’s out of the way, not in your face.
What you get is a quick and easy way to use Twitter to tweet, and use Twitter to view the stream, but without umpteen gazillion features clogging the process.
Hey, life is short. But an abundance of features does not make a better life; only a more complicated life.
Itsy integrates mentions into the timeline. It also displays inline Yfrog, Twitpic, and Instagram photos.
There are Growl notifications (easily turned off if you don’t want the complication of distractions), typical Twitter search, and a handful of custom themes (light and dark).
Even better, Itsy is actually, well, itsy bitsy. It’s small and stays out of the way.
Replies and tweets are a mere click away, though. And unlike some free Twitter clients, Itsy won’t complicate your brain with embedded advertising.
What’s not to like? Itsy is free, easy, and helps your day go by without the distracting nonsense that Twitter apps foist on us.