Rob Delaney Visited Twitter

Rob Delaney talks about twitter on this episode of Comedy Bang Bang.

I haven’t listened to the entire episode, but check out the early part with Rob Delaney. At about 9 minutes in he talks about being invited to Twitter HQ and being asked a bunch of questions about how he uses it.

RD: They wanted to know what I liked about it, what I didn’t like about it, what I felt I got out of it, if I had any suggestions and ideas…

SA: Did they take any of your suggestions?

RD: None at all. They rejected them soundly. I think what I said was like “every new thing you do is totally unnecessary and silly and all I want to do is write jokes and hit BLURP and have people read them. But they were like, “yeah, we’d like to make money.” And I said “Yeah, do what you gotta do.”

He also endorses Tweetbot.

How Tweetbot Made Me Like Twitterrific More

After months of using Tweetbot on iOS and a few weeks of using the alpha on the Mac I decided to switch back to Twitterrific.

Tweetbot picked up steam this past December when it went on sale for 99¢, timed with the new Twitter application. Having switched back to Twitterrific I’ve actually learned to appreciate some of the decisions The Iconfactory made to spare us from complex UX/UI.

My favorite thing about Twitterrific, hands down, is the unified timeline. If I’m using a Twitter app the timeline is usually the only thing I care about at the moment. If I want to see my mentions or messages there are shortcuts for that, but I would’ve probably seen them anyway because they’re in the unified timeline.

Other twitter apps have this crud around the timeline, like the sidebar in both the Tweetbot alpha and the official Twitter for Mac app. Even Tweetbot is adding tweetdeck style columns. I’m not a fan of those. I don’t like to see a badge for unread mentions all the time. I don’t need to have account switching on the sidebar. In fact, I prefer having some extra steps to switch handles and see what’s going on in each Twitter feed. I think it’s a distraction because in some weird way each Twitter handle has it’s own personality—so I want to feel like I’m in the brain of the current Twitter handle. I want there to be more steps to switch identities, because I want it to be very hard to post personal stuff on a work twitter feed and vice-versa.

Of course, Tweetbot does some things that Twitteriffic doesn’t do. Tweetbot supports locations, Twitter’s photo service, list editing, profile editing, and muting.1 It looks like Twitterrific may get an update sometime soon to bring some of the features that Tweetbot has. I look forward to those. But in the meantime, it’s worth more to me to have a unified timeline, an option to hide the sidebar, and a universal keyboard shortcut.

Plus, I like Ollie better than the weird Tweetbot robot bird-thing.


  1. People make a big deal about muting. They want to temporarily mute someone when their tweets get annoying and/or irrelevant, like if they tweet stuff about a Baseball game they don’t like. Sounds good, but I think this happens rarely. 

Tweetbot

Dan Frommer reports on Tweetbot’s new success:

Thanks to a price cut to $0.99 and the new Twitter launch on Thursday, Tweetbot has been shooting up the iPhone App Store charts, according to App Annie.

Why are people switching to Tweetbot from the original Twitter app? Because Tweetbot is a lot like the original Twitter app that everybody liked.

Back in April of this year Ben Brooks wrote:

I have yet to decide if I like Tweetbot any more, or less, than I like the official Twitter app — I did note two annoying things:

  1. The app doesn’t have the “one” single feature that is unique to it.
  2. The app feels like a nice wrapper of eye candy applied over the existing apps out there (mainly the official Twitter app).

Linking to Brooks’s piece, Marco Arment writes:

A new Twitter client that essentially offers the Twitter app’s features, but in different places, isn’t enough of a difference for me to switch.

Now that the new Twitter app isn’t so good there’s a reason to switch.