Twitter’s native app for Mac OS has been my primary Twitter environment for some time now. I used it before it got that entirely new (nonstandard) user interface. I still like it better than the other Twitter app’s I’ve seen out there, but there are a few gripes with it that I have.
- I like to be able to drag apps by taking their topmost element in the window. I don’t like to see that bit of UI convention out the door; I don’t like the fact that I have to pick up the Twitter window by it’s right-side margin.
- I would like the default of presenting Twitter usernames to indicate whether I already follow them or not; this would be especially useful on fridays. Maybe give the names two distinct background colours, very light but noticable. That way, I could see the overlap with others, and not have to access each name seperately.
- Sometimes, loading images from twitpic does not work reliably, and I have no idea as to why. I have to close the popup and reopen it for the image to load.
- Handling blocking users is not consistent: When I am on the “Mentionsâ€ tab and block a user, the tweet I am on disappears right away. If I am doing the blocking in the user’s profile, the tweets of that user remain in my timeline and mentions. I’d much rather see them disappear everywhere.
But I’m sure they’ll all be addressed in later versions. 🙂
I – probably along with many, many others of the iPhone Twitter App – discovered something that I consider a bug. As soon as you rotate the phone, your position in your timeline is utterly garbled. Where you are after turning has no resemblance whatsoever to where you were before. That means: Take the phone, rotate it, rotate it back and you’re at a completely different place than before.
This quite goes against the law of least surprise for the user. So I tried to inform Twitter of that bug. I searched for a place for such feedback, did indeed file the report and included what I take to be a start on how to resolve the issue. I received an answer from Twitter a few days later, but with something that I consider to be completely beside the point. The answer, basically was, „If this is a problem for you, you can rotation-lock your phone.“ Come on, Twitter. You can do better than that. If the mail back had at least included something like „Thank you for reporting your concern, we will look at this internally“ or „Thank you, we will consider how to best deal with the issue for a future release,“ all would have been well. But to be told that this is a non-issue is, to be honest, most disappointing. And yes, I do indeed consider this to be a problem. And no, I do not consider rotation-lockng the phone an appropriate solution. (I do tend to type on the landscape keyboard, but read on the portrait orientation, so I do in fact quite like to change the direction of the phone.
And it would have been easy to not make me frustrated about this, too.