Developer: DW:design
Price: $3.99
Version: 4.2.6
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

I’m going to confess up front: Twitter kind of baffles me. I avoided it like the plague until I started a blog. At that time, however, I realized that love it or hate it, it can be an indispensible marketing tool and a great way to make business contacts, as well as being a place where people feel compelled to share their every thought in 140 characters. And, after discovering its value as a news aggregator too, I now have three accounts.

And like all Twitter users with an iPad I have been in search of the ideal client to manage them and make tweeting as intuitive as possible. While I haven’t found my Twitter soul mate app yet, I do regularly use one app that does an admirable job on both scores called Tweetings HD.

Tweetings has an inviting interface with a neat menu on the left and the feed just right of it. Tweets open by squeezing the menu in and expanding further to the right. Links themselves open on a neat page that can be easily expanded to fullscreen. It’s clean and logical.

Tweetings also supports a ton of features. Users can track current trends or look at what was hot all day and even all week. Personal profiles are easy to manage and the app makes finding past tweets, followers and – what are they called, followees? -easy.

Tweetings also supports lists, favorites, blocking, muting – all that good stuff. While still in beta the current version also has a “similar users” and “recent photos’ feature. Tweetings also supports pull-to-refresh.

Composing tweets is easy with auto URL shrinking, scheduling, one tap music and photo sharing and more. There is even Facebook integration for those who like to be heard all over the Internet at once.

Tweetings HD easily supports multiple accounts and switching between them is simple. But, this brings me to my one big issue with the app – it crashes. It tends to do so when I switch handles, but also mid-tweet and at other inconvenient times. The developers release frequent updates adding new features, but the stability issue has been present for as long as I’ve been using the app and persists in the latest version. It is sufficiently frustrating to keep me on the lookout for the inevitable “next” client that targets my needs.

But, I continue to keep it on my dock, because Twitter’s free app is too limited, apps designed primarily for consumption don’t serve my needs either, and I am not a power user. In my quest for something in between, Tweetings offers the most features and most comfortable GUI. And, I admit it; I just like the chirping it does when my tweets get some action.

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