On Tuesday night Twitter released an update to its official iOS app that addresses some bugs, but most notably changes the QuickBar (which had acquired the nickname the DickBar) so that it is pinned to the top of the screen and no longer floats. But third-party apps had been capitalizing on the #dickbar brouhaha, and it remains to be seen if the natives will be placated by the changes enough not to abandon the official app. What free third-party clients have the most to gain?
In the wake of the #dickbar blowback, Teewee hit the hashtag hard, tweeting itself up as a replacement. The app is, in fact, very similar to the official iOS Twitter client, to the point of rip-off, with the now glaring difference that it has a quick search “filter” at the top of the screen where the DickBar would be.
Tweetdeck’s announcement Sunday that its fully redesigned iOS apps were coming like real soon (actually in the next few weeks), seemed, if not timed to make the most hay of the #dickbar jokes, at least smugly satisfied about them as it prepared to storm SXSW this week.
Another solid client that adds some muscle to its offerings (though the iOS app is due for an update to catch up with the Android offering), but is still a pretty elegant and compact app. It also offers users the ability to customize it, so people who had their ire raised by CEO Dick Costolo’s refusal to allow them to turn off the QuickBar may be drawn to that.
Twitterific somehow avoided the terms violations that forced Touiteur to change it’s name to Plume, and is maybe not kicking Twitter while it’s having its Dickbar handed to it for fear of stirring the beast. What the Twitterific does offer in this case though is prominent Trending topic access for people who liked that about the Twitter app, but were not fans of the QuickBar.
Echofon is a popular third-party app, though it might not have the most traction with users turned off by the DickBar. On the free version of the app it displays some pretty intrusive ads of its own.
Hootsuite, like Tweetdeck, and to a lesser degree Seesmic, is more fully functioned social media dashboard. It works fine as just a Twitter client, but offers much more robust functionality, even in the free version. It’s more than someone who was happy with the simplicity of Twitter’s official app might be looking for, but the disaffected may check it out.