If we had to pick being guilty of just two things here at WMExperts (yes, we know the list is much, much longer than that), it'd be a love of all things beta, and testing out new Twitter clients. And with that in mind we've been playing with Twikini, a rather lightweight client from Trinket Software (@twikini). It's just been released as a free beta.
Hit us up after the break for a lightning review.
Update: There were some issues running Twikini on the Moto Q. A new version has been released that fixes this and adds some other updates. Get it here.
- The UI is quick, clean and easy to read.
- Clicking on a tweet brings up the whole tweet, icon, timestamp and any embedded links. To get the user's profile, though, you have to go into the soft menu. Would be nice to just if the username was clickable.
- To retweet, you have to select a tweet, then go into the soft menu. At first it feels like this might take a few extra steps. But when you start counting clicks, it really doesn't.
- There is support for multiple accounts. (Huzzah!) [update: We're taking back half our huzzah. You can switch accounts, but you have to re-enter the username and password each time. Twikini says that'll be fixed in the next update.]
- Automatic refresh options are 5, 15, 30 and 60 minutes.
Phone vibrates on refresh, and I don't see a way to turn that off.[update: Er, that was operator error. :\ Though now that we've heard the default refresh sound, we've got packs of dogs following us. It's that high-pitched.]
- There are five themes to choose from.
- Integration with Windows Media Player. Tweet what you're listening to.
- Checking for the current version takes you out of the app and into a Web page. Not the worst thing in the world, but kind of annoying.
- Don't see a way to view all of your DMs, or to send one without typing "d." Not a deal-breaker, though.
- Twikini works on all Windows Mobile 5, 6 and 6.1 phones, and there's one CAB file to rule them all. Nice touch.
That's just a brief look at Twikini. Overall, it's comparable to, say, Tiny Twitter and ceTwit, and faster and smoother (on my Q9h anyway) than Pocketwit, which is no slouch of an app. But we definitely recommend you give this one a shot, as it's very well done for an initial beta release.
And speaking of Twitter, you can find all your favorite WMExperts newsings and musings there. Hit up @wmexperts, @backlon (Dieter) and @philnickinson (er, me). And thanks to @lokeuei for pointing out the app.
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I am a big fan of tweetdeck on the PC. Is there a similar twitter client for windows mobile? Specifically I like how tweetdeck combines twitter search with the client. I can tell tweetdeck a term I am intersted in such as SXSW or Austin and every time someone tweets with one of those terms it comes up in a column on tweeetdeck. That is a feature I would love to have in a windows mobile twitter client.
Pocketwit will. You go to the left menu, choose "other timelines" then choose search/local. It's sort of a location-based search, but you can set the range to x miles of "anywhere," which effectively searches everywhere.
I use tiny twitter but will give this a shot.
liking it a lot more than tiny twitter because its faster, not as bloated.
just the chirp sound is annoying!
Hello Phil, I use Pocketwit, but I thought I would try this one out. Pretty good so far, but not feature rich. I am sure that helps keep it lean and quick. But I have the same problem you had with the vibrate. It made a sound the first time I used it yesterday, but when I logged in today, all I get is the vibrate and I can't get it changed. How did you fix your client to get the sound to work instead of just vibrate?
Er, I changed the profile (I'm running WM Standard) back to "normal" and not "vibrate." :) Thus the user-error.
Thanks, something else is going on with mine then. I will visit the developer website and see if I can ask him.
It's pretty nice, and I use two other products from this developer, but Twikini is corrupting power settings on the Q9h phones.
The latest build seems to be working better for me and my Q9h.
Yeah. Scratch that. Killed it again. Sigh.
anybody know how to send direct tweets to an individual like tinytwitter could?
I don't see it in the options.
Just type "d username rest of your message here"; without the quotes, of course. So to send myself one, it'd be d philnickinson Hi. This is a test tweet.
Liking it a lot more than tiny twitter because its faster , not as bloated.
just the chirp sound is annoying!
re: "Phone vibrates on refresh, and I don't see a way to turn that off." i am also noticing this, please clarify how come you ended up saying it was operator error as it is annoying.
That was so long ago, and Twikini has undergone a number of builds since then, that I don't even remember. But there's an option to turn off notifications now. Go to menu>tools>options>automatic refresh and uncheck "play sound when new tweets."
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