Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4
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While many apps are very easy to set up, it's still a breath of fresh air to load up an app that really does 'just work.' That app is The Social Radio for Twitter, an app that takes as long to set up as it does to install (not very long at all).
The app enables its users to listen to their tweets rather than be forced to read them. All that's needed is to sign in with a regular Twitter username and password, and the tweets start being read. In my case, it even mixed the tweets in with a recent music playlist that I'd been listening to. It was all so very effortless.
Tweets are read out in a slightly robotic style, as is common with so many text-to-voice tools. It's clear though and perfectly understandable, even alongside music tracks. It makes for an ideal app to use while driving or at the gym, both situations where no one wants to have to mess about with apps or have to tap many buttons.
That's not to say that recent tweets are all that The Social Radio for Twitter has to offer. There are more options than that. Users can choose to listen to a specific list of theirs, such as for news aggregation services to keep up to date with the latest events. They can also check in on currently trending tropics, as well as search for specific subjects and hashtags. The app can even detect the language for many tweets, supporting English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and German, amongst others. Smiley faces and other common "text-speak" terms are also translated.
The Social Radio for Twitter is an immensely simple app. It doesn't contain everything the user might want. There's no way of listening to direct messages, for instance, and I'd have liked a way to also browse the text of tweets, not just listen to them, but it is a highly effective app. Being able to listen to music at the same time keeps things interesting (although, it would be useful to be able to set how loud music is without affecting the tweet volume) and creates an ideal app for the daily commute or a long drive.