A few months ago, we wrote an article comparing Twidroid and Seesmic Twitter applications. Since that time, Seesmic has seen a few updates that have convinced me to switch from Twidroid to Seesmic as my go to Twitter application. My number one reason for not using Seesmic was the fact it would automatically start at the most recent tweet every time, while Twidroid started at the last read tweet. Seesmic has since changed it and now, not only does it start where you last were reading, but it has a quick jump feature to go to the latest tweets if that’s your preference. Let’s run through the features.
To start off with, Seesmic allows you to add in multiple Twitter accounts, so you can view both your personal and business Twitter account easily. Simply setup your first account after installation and at the “Accounts” page, press MENU and “Add Account”.
Remember that feature to remember where you left off? You can turn that on via the “Settings” page of Seesmic. Go into one of your accounts, by default we are using @theserthedroids for demonstration purposes. press the MENU button and “Settings”. Under the “Display” heading, you’ll find the check box for “Remember Position”. It’s that simple.
What if you are wanting to get to the latest tweets though? Easy enough, back in the main screen, tap on the red title bar at the top of the page and Seesmic will scroll up to the latest tweets for you.
Also at the top of the tweet list is an easy access button to refresh the tweets list. Prior to this, you’d have to press the MENU button and select “Refresh”, which you can still do, but now if you are at the top of the list, it’s a single tap away.
Finally, the last big update I’d like to cover is the inclusion of a new widget. The widget is a simple 4×1 widget that has a quick link to compose a new tweet, and a scrolling list of the latest tweets that you can control one at a time if you wish. Tapping on any of the tweets brings you back to the Seesmic app and the tweet page. If you tap the user name on the widget, it brings you to the main Seesmic screen listing the current tweets. One thing I noticed about the widget is that is won’t show all 140 characters of a tweet, often leaving you forced to opening the Seesmic app just to finish reading the tweet. Hopefully this is remedied in the next iteration.
Of course, there is the standard features you come to expect from a full fledged twitter app such as geotagging of your tweets, photo, video and url shortening service support and a nice tutorial to help you through all the different features. Best of all, it’s Free.
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