Viticci's Take on Twitterific vs Mine

Yesterday, the folks at The Iconfactory released the latest version of their iOS Twitter client, Twitterific. First of all, you've got to give props to any company still working on Twitter clients given what signals the folks at Twitter have been sending out. So I give The Iconfactory all the respect in the world for moving forward through all of that.

I read four or five reviews of the app and, as someone always on the look out for new/cool/interesting apps, I downloaded the (trial) OS X version and paid ($3) for the Universal iOS version.

I wish I hadn't.

Everyone has different needs and wants. I have some specific things in a Twitter client that I feel are necessary for me to use the application. Now, it can be argued whether or not those features are for "power users" or not. It's a moot point. They are features *I* want in an application.

The first thing I noticed in the Mac version was there was no support for viewing images in the timeline of your Twitter feed. Annoying but not a deal breaker. My preferred Mac Twitter client doesn't do it either. But the Mac version of Twitterific also doesn't do any kind of blocking or muting. That *is* a dealbreaker for me. I block and mute a *lot* of things and need that feature in order to use a Twitter client.

So, Twitterific for the Mac is out. I move over to the iOS version - and it doesn't those things either. And that's where my desire to use the app ended. If it doesn't have the functionality I want and need, there's no point going any further.

Make no mistake, the iOS version is a very "pretty" application. The Iconfactory describes it as "a simply beautiful way to tweet". That's all well and good but I prefer functionality over beauty.

So, that's where I stand on Twitterific. Functionally useless for me and I wish I hadn't paid for the app. It's not even close to being a perfect app. It is missing a lot of features. It is missing features that are popular and available, not only in other paid Twitter clients but in other free Twitter clients. It's eye candy and not as useful as it should be.

Then I read Federico Viticci's article "Behind The Scenes Of Twitterrific 5. What a load of crap.

I'm "picking on" Viticci here but the complaint can be applied to many others. It's like no one in the Mac media wants to criticize The Iconfactory or Twitterific or Craig Hockenberry. Somehow, they have attained a kind of sainthood.

Viticci says that Twitter is "an extremely polished Twitter client meant for reading." That's great - if all you do on Twitter is read. But Twitter isn't just about reading. It's about viewing, engaging, arguing, conversing, discovering.

He describes himself as a "Twitter power user” and yet doesn't bother to mention the large number of features Twitterific doesn't have. Things that any "real" power user would want in a Twitter client.

And while he admits that "Twitterrific isn’t meant for me", he says, "Thinking to rely on it as my go-to Twitter client will probably make me frustrated in the end, leading me to “hate” an app that’s actually made by nice people. I don’t want to do that."

I honestly don't understand that. Is it really that hard to separate your feelings and emotions? Is it really that hard to be able to be honest about an application while continuing to like and respect the people who created it? Am I "odd" in that it is quite easy for me to "hate" an app but still think it was made by "nice people"?

Viticci is absolutely correct when he says, "No one is forcing you to buy the thing everyone is talking about." But when everyone says "this is great!" You *do* want to try it. It's just a shame that the people trumpeting Twitterific weren't more honest in their reviews.

He says, "I’m not saying it’ll become your favorite app, but if you care about quality handcrafted software, maybe you’ll take away something from it." Yes - I took away the fact that something just being "quality handcrafted software" isn't good enough for me and it shouldn't be for anyone else.

We should hold our apps to a higher standard. They shouldn't just be prettier than all the other apps. They should work better than all the other apps, too.