Tweewer: News App & Google Reader Alternative Based On Twitter Lists

With the imminent demise of Google Reader just a few months away, the inevitable is happening: people have started to come up with unique ways to replace it. Not surprisingly, Twitter has formed the basis of one such solution provided by Tweewer, a web service that lets you view tweets by accounts in a Twitter list as if they were news items. Tweewer lets you view a tweeted link as it would appear on the website, or open the link in a new tab. You can retweet a news item, which is somewhat akin to the share function in Google Reader, and easily add a list of your choice. Read More

How To Share Vine Videos Longer Than 6 Seconds

Many would agree that the 6-second limit on videos shared via Twitter’s Vine makes complete sense, as the service is meant for short GIF-like clips rather than detailed videos. On the other hand, for anyone who has ever had a great idea for a Vine that just can’t be summed up in six seconds, the limitation is sure to be annoying. Previously, we told you about an easy way to embed Vine videos on websites, and now there is a way of bypassing another limitation Twitter has put on the service. If you own a jailbroken iPhone, then with a little help from iFile, it is possible to upload videos of any length to Vine. We tried the method on a video that is more than a minute in length, and everything worked as expected. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Twitter App For Windows 8 & RT [Review]

Official twitter apps for most mobile platforms have been available for quite a while, but Windows 8 and RT have been missing from the picture till now. Microsoft's tablet-optimized OS has been gaining a lot of traction since its release, and it’s about time for Twitter to bring its own Modern UI app to Windows Store. While it’s a little late to the show, the app does a great job in delivering a snappy Twitter experience on Windows 8 & RT devices, both PCs and tablets alike. Twitter for Windows looks quite similar to it’s mobile brethren, packing the same feature set, albeit in Microsoft's Metro design language. You get to discover topics of your choice, receive suggestions on who to follow, browse tending topics and so on. In addition, it boasts some Windows 8-exclusive features as well, such as the snap view to place the app on the sides of the screen, support for Windows 8 Share and Search Charms, notifications and live tiles support, etc. What’s more, it lets you browse and open URLs posted in tweets and view images in full screen, all within its own interface. Read More

Kiwi Is A Compact Client For Mac With Twitter Support has recently announced free accounts and if you’re on good terms with someone who has a premium account (they only get two invites per account), you might have gotten lucky enough to get an invite to one. So far as the look and functionality of the service is concerned, is similar to Twitter and if you’re looking for a nice desktop client to read and manage your feed, Kiwi is a good option. It’s a Mac app worth $3.99 (users with accounts can get it for free) that looks very much like a standard Twitter client. It is meant for your account with the added feature to post simultaneously to and Twitter. You must be running Mountain Lion and have an account to use Kiwi. Your Twitter account should be connected in System Preferences>Mail, Contacts & Calendars if you want to post to Twitter. Read More

Create Custom, Combined Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Tumblr Feeds With mybucketz

There are too many social networks out there, and too little time to keep up with all of them. In all fairness, not everything that appears in your news feed or timeline is worth reading, nor is it all equally important. mybucketz is a web service to bring more organization to your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr feeds. It lets you create ‘buckets’ of your friends or people you are following on these networks. These buckets then act as groups for reading updates only from the people you've added to them. It does take time to create buckets and organize all your contacts into them but once done with this one-time process, your feed reading experience will become much better. At the very least, it will be free of updates from apps, and promoted or sponsored content. Read More

Filter Your Twitter Feed By Images, Videos, Text & More With TwitLamp

Your Twitter feed is usually full of all types of content, including simple text tweets, links, images, videos, and audio. While you can see the videos and images that have been shared by a single user separately when you visit their profile, but you can’t apply similar filters to your timeline, without having to use a more powerful third-party desktop twitter app. TwitLamp is a free web service (with a pro plan) that lets you filter all tweets on your own timeline, as well as tweets by any user based on the type. Specifically, you can filter video, audio, links, images, text, and hashtagged tweets. The free version has a few limitations on how often your feed will be refreshed and how many times a day you can use the filters. Read More

Twitter For Windows Phone Gets New UI, Lock Screen Notifications & An Improved Live Tile

It might have taken longer than expected, but Microsoft’s promise of bringing better apps to Windows Phone 8 is finally coming true. After the WhatsApp overhaul last week, Twitter has received a significant update as well. Until now, Twitter’s Windows Phone client resembled the service’s web version rather than its smartphone counterpart, but finally the situation has been rectified, with the new update bringing a tabbed interface and better notification support. The ‘Connect’ and ‘Discover’ tabs have finally been added to the app. You can also configure lock screen notifications on WP8 devices quite easily. No Windows Phone app update is complete unless it improves the live tile, and Twitter is no exception. The app now supports a double-sided tile that shows alerts for mentions and direct messages. Read More

View Endless Streams Of Vine Videos On Your iPad With VineTube

Countless examples have shown in the past that merely being a brainchild of some giant company doesn’t ensure an app’s success. Google, Microsoft and Apple have all been forced to shut down certain services that the masses simply refused to use. Some might have expected Twitter’s Vine to meet the same fate, but people have taken to it pretty quickly. More and more Vine videos are showing up on almost every Twitter user’s timeline, despite the fact that the app is presently available only for iOS. We are sure Vine’s popularity will soar when its Android version is released, but we've got to wait for it for now. Even the iOS app isn't optimized for the iPad yet, which is a source of frustration for many tablet users. Creating and uploading videos in Vine’s letterboxed version isn’t much of an issue, but you just can’t enjoy browsing through the service’s video collection without a dedicated tablet-optimized client. In Vine Flow, Android already has a pretty decent app for discovering and viewing Vine videos, and now, there is an app by the name of VineTube that basically brings the same idea to the iPad, albeit with a slightly different implementation. Read More

Create A Customized Twitter Timeline On Android With Neatly

Though not as widely renowned or feature-rich as the likes of Slices, PlumeFalcon Pro, TweetCaster or Tweetbot, Neatly is a neat cross-platform third-party Twitter client that brings quite a few nifty features to the table, including various intelligently-curated timeline views, enhanced content filtering, extended user profiles, and plenty more. Already available on iOS, Blackberry 10 and several Nokia devices, Neatly is now being offered as a beta app to Android users. The app focuses on multiple ways of presenting you with well-filtered content, so that you can keep an eye on only the most relevant stuff from your micro-blogging world. Read More

Plume For Android Updated With New Widgets & Facebook Support

The last major update to the famous Plume Twitter app for Android brought with it the much-awaited Holo UI and support for posting comparatively longer tweets. Today, the folks over at LevelUp Studios have pushed another significant update to one of the most widely used unofficial Twitter clients for Android. Plume v5.0 has been beefed up with quite a few noticeable features such as much improved scrolling speed, profile banners, and a prompt to post the text part of your image-oriented tweets in case the image itself doesn't load. However, the biggest improvement in the entire update can be seen in the app’s refreshed widgets (for both home and lock screens) that are now more customizable than ever before, and fully capable of sporting content from your Facebook Wall as well. More than anyone else, the new customizations in Plume are undoubtedly going to suit those of us who have connected multiple Twitter accounts with the app. Read More

Discover & View Vine Videos On Android With Vine Flow

When Twitter acquired video clip sharing service Vine back in October last year, fans of the popular micro-blogging network speculated if they’d soon be able to embed short video recordings within their tweets. As it turned out last month, Twitter finally launched the official Vine app for iOS that lets you record and share 6-second long personal video recordings to Vine, Twitter and Facebook. Since its release, this brand new video sharing sensation by Twitter has managed to attract fans and critics alike, with a large share of complaints coming rightfully from the huge Android user base that has been left out in the cold. However, not all’s doom and gloom for Android fans, especially with the likes of Vine Flow catering to their video discovery and streaming needs from Vine. Fresh to the Play Store, Vine Flow is an unofficial Vine client for Android that lets you explore the latest video content shared by worldwide Vine users. Read More

Sleek Android Twitter App ‘Carbon’ Finally Arrives In Play Store

The official Android client of Twitter is decent enough to keep you hooked into your micro-blogging world on the move, but compared to some of the feature-filled third-party alternatives out there, it just doesn’t seem to suffice for power users. Many of us prefer aesthetics and user-friendliness over a relatively huge feature set, while others wish to have as many neat tricks at their disposal as possible, even if they have to pay for it. If you’re still in search of the ideal Twitter app for your Android device, Carbon for Twitter might be worth a try. After staying in testing phases for quite long, Carbon for Twitter has finally made it to the Play Store as a slick and animation-filled Twitter client. Though not as feature-rich as OneLouder Apps’ Slices or as gorgeous as Falcon or Plume, Carbon for Twitter certainly has quite a few goodies of its own that we shall explore past the break. Read More

KeepApp Offers A Combined Timeline For Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Foursquare On Android

If your social contacts spread across multiple online networks and you find it tough keeping track of their activities on your mobile device through a bunch of different apps, KeepApp might save the day for you. It is a social network aggregator for Android capable of displaying the latest activity from as many as four major networks: Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter. Through a Holo-themed, unified timeline UI, you can take a peek at what’s happening on each of the four networks and interact with the posts in various ways. Though not the only app of its kind, KeepApp is special in that it lets you view last updated status of each supported network even in offline mode, just like the stock apps for these services. It also lets you directly download images contained within posts from all supported networks. In addition, it keeps you informed of your Twitter updates via push notifications, and supports natively posting retweets and @Mentions, complete with image support. Read More

Social Tiles For iOS Is A Modern UI Pinboard For Twitter Profiles & Facebook Pages

Some apps don’t do much, but are so good-looking that one just gets lured into use them once in a while based on their looks alone. Social Tiles might appear to be one such app at first, but there is more to it than a shiny interface. If you are the admin of a Facebook page or just want to keep an eye on the popularity of your Twitter profile, Social Tiles can be of use. The app lets you pin any public Facebook page or Twitter profile to its home screen, where you will be shown stats portraying the account’s fame. There is no limit on the number of accounts that can be monitored via Social Tiles, and the best part is that you don’t even need to sign in to your account to use the app. Social Tiles can also offer some really good quotes that can be shared to your social network accounts with a single tap. Read More

TweetAmplius Removes Character Limit From Twitter & Tweetbot For iOS

Since Twitter is a microblogging service, the 140 characters limit for tweets is quite sensible. There are cases though when conciseness can’t help you. For example, a humorous tweet won’t sound too funny if you had to break it into multiple parts. In addition to that, many deem the character limit on direct messages to be less reasonable than that on tweets. There are countless web-based solutions to this problem, and even smartphones platforms have apps of their own to free users from the limitation. With TweetAmplius however, you don’t have to switch to a new Twitter client in order to bypass the character limit. This Cydia tweaks allows you to send direct messages and tweets of any length from Tweetbot and the official Twitter app for iOS. Long tweets are automatically shown as links that point to a Pastie page. Read More

Vine By Twitter Is A Network For Sharing Short, Looped Video Clips

Twitter started out as a text-only affair, with people sharing their thoughts on different topics, discussing events live as they happened, and sharing interesting links to online articles, photos and videos. For a good amount of time, Twitter didn’t do anything about the latter content-type, but in recent months, Twitter has introduced features like Cards, which displays linked article summaries inline with tweets, they updated their iOS and Android apps with the ability to edit photos in a manner similar to Instagram before sharing them, and today, the company has gone even further by announcing an all-new app/service called Vine, which lets you share videos online. It’s an interesting mix of services like Instagram, Cinemagram, YouTube and Twitter itself. Read More

Browse Instagram In A Beautiful Pinterest-Like Layout With

Instagram rolled out profiles last year, complete with a Facebook-like cover photo. While the interface is lacking in many basic features, still something is better than nothing. There have been many services in the past to give you a web interface for Instagram even before it had one of its own, and is the newest member of the list. What makes it different however, is its Pinterest-like approach to displaying the images that have been shared on the service. It also makes it considerably easier to find new users, by grouping them under categories. You can view a single user’s images by clicking on their username. You can also like images, comment on them, and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Read More

Serendip Brings Non-Stop Crowd-Sourced Music Streams To iPhone

Gone are the days when everyone just relied on their phone or iPod’s local music library to listen to songs. With the advent of 3G and easy availability of Wi-Fi at many public places, a lot of us services like SoundCloud and YouTube to stream content on the go. Another advantage of these services is the ease with which you can discover new artists and songs. Serendip combines the concepts of music discovery and social networking with non-stop streaming to provide you with an online radio of sorts curated by your friends and other users of the service. Serendip’s web service has been around for quite a while, but now you can enjoy its personalized audio streams on your iPhone as well. Serendip for iOS has everything that the web variant offers; you can follow friends from your social networks and discover other Serendip users who share your musical taste. The app offers endless streaming, which means you don’t have to keep pulling your phone out of your pocket repeatedly to select the next song. Read More

Get Notifications For Twitter Feed, Mentions, DMs & More In Chrome

Twitter can be a distraction and keeping up with it while trying to work can itself be quite a challenge. Apps like TweetDeck are one easy way to keep up with your feed by providing you notifications for all Twitter activity that involves you, eliminating the need for you to manually keep checking twitter for them again and again. If you would rather not use a desktop client, Notifications for Twitter is a handy Chrome extension that will give you almost every benefit that a desktop app does, right in your browser. The extension offers desktop notifications for new tweets in your timeline, new Direct Messages, @mentions, new results in a saved search, and whenever someone adds you to a list. You also get to choose which of these notifications the app displays, giving you control over them. The extension adds a  speech bubble next to the URL bar that changes color when there is new activity, and allows you to quickly post a tweet as well. Read More

Popular Mobile Twitter App TweetCaster Gets A Web Interface [Review]

If you’re active on Twitter and often tweet from your Android, iOS or Windows Phone device, it’s likely you’ve heard of TweetCaster by OneLouderApps. It’s a popular Twitter client that is rich in both features and customization options, and allows users to cross post to Facebook. TweetCaster has launched a web interface, expanding its reach to desktop platforms as well. It’s still in beta and you can use it only if you’ve used the TweetCaster mobile app. Whether you've been using the mobile app for a while now or this is the first time you’re hearing of TweetCaster, you're bound to love the web app. Of course, there’s more to TweetCaster than just looks; the web service mimics most features from its mobile counterpart and borrows a few from Slices For Twitter, another versatile OneLouderApps Twitter client, which also happens to have a companion web app. Join us after the break for a detailed look at what the TweetCaster web app has to offer. Read More