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  • TweetyPop - A 3D Tactile Twitterverse


    I don't usually read all the tweets in my timeline. A few times a day I'll pop over to the Twitter app on my Mac or Twittelator on my iPhone and scroll through a bit. I miss a lot of stuff, and it's just a list to me. There's a new app which makes that experience different. TweetyPop is the perfect combination of Twitter and touchscreen.

    TapFactory's TweetyPop just came out yesterday - with a new idea on how to use Twitter. It's tactile, and it's exploratory. TweetyPop displays a 3D view of your Twitter timeline (think Time Machine on a Mac, but with tweets instead of file windows). To scroll through them, you actually flick each tweet off the screen when you're done with it. Tweets show up with oldest closest to you visually, and newest further away - you're flicking your way to the Twitter future.

    Of course, you can also use TweetyPop in a traditional list view, but really - where's the fun in that?



    After using the app the last couple weeks, I find myself much more connected to my Twitterverse. Each tweet requires physical interaction before it disappears from my timeline. (Well, technically, you can "fast forward" to mark everything read if you get bored as well. There are also forward and back buttons which allow you to skip over a dozen or so tweets at a time in either direction.) This has a couple interesting effects - one, it makes it MUCH easier for me to tell where I left off reading tweets. With most list-based Twitter apps, I find myself scrolling around a bit to find where it was I was reading last every time I go to the app. This eliminates that issue by sending the tweets out of the timeline when you flick them off the screen. If you see one you'd like to go back to, you can of course still use all Twitter's features like starring the tweet - TweetyPop also has Instapaper integration.

    Second, TweetyPop makes Twitter much more tactile - I'm not skimming over a list, but individually touching each tweet. I found myself reading more, and finding more interesting things than I normally do. Ha - maybe that means it was messing with my time management. I enjoyed my new Twitter experience.

    Of course, TweetyPop also comes with all the typical Twitter app features you'd expect.





    To celebrate TweetyPop's release, TapFactory is giving away an iPad 2 with a ClamCase (which I'm amazed they even got - it took me 4 months to get mine, just came in today, and is no longer useful since I use an iPad 2 now) as well as some limited run tshirts. Check out the TapFactory page for more info. Also take a look at their release video for TweetyPop below!

    [ame=http://vimeo.com/22975925?ab]TweetyPop - Your Twitter Universe, Reimagined. on Vimeo[/ame]

    You can grab TweetyPop from iTunes now for $1.99.

    (Full disclosure: we work often with the guys at TapFactory on various projects.)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TweetyPop - A 3D Tactile Twitterverse started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Pretty cool. I like the 3D View.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      I wish I had the cojones to jump into Twitter. I feel like a 90 year old that doesn't know anything about it and is pissed off at the new technology; I hate it blindly but know if I understood it I'd find it useful. Somehow I know it will be a timesink...

      However, if I did use it, this looks like a UI I'd like.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lombardo Joe View Post
      I wish I had the cojones to jump into Twitter. I feel like a 90 year old that doesn't know anything about it and is pissed off at the new technology; I hate it blindly but know if I understood it I'd find it useful. Somehow I know it will be a timesink...

      However, if I did use it, this looks like a UI I'd like.
      Yes I don't get it nether, to me it's in-between a forum and messenger program.
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      I need to clean up who I'm following. Certain people/news sites tweet way too much. It's a turn off for me.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Was just reading the review and think its a app that you can't live without!
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      I'm assuming that this is iPad only?
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lombardo Joe View Post
      I wish I had the cojones to jump into Twitter. I feel like a 90 year old that doesn't know anything about it and is pissed off at the new technology; I hate it blindly but know if I understood it I'd find it useful. Somehow I know it will be a timesink...

      However, if I did use it, this looks like a UI I'd like.
      Yeah, it eats up time if you follow the wrong people. I've found a lot of useful information, news, and deals as well though. It's also good for communicating with large groups of people. My car club uses it to coordinate events and meets.

      Quote Originally Posted by LastSonOfKrypton View Post
      I need to clean up who I'm following. Certain people/news sites tweet way too much. It's a turn off for me.
      Same here. Porn stars are nowhere near as interesting as I thought they'd be... seriously... Don't judge me! LOL

      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      I'm assuming that this is iPad only?
      Must be. I can't find it for iPhone. I'd LOVE to get my hands on this!
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      I <3 TWEETING..and THIS..being 3D..should make things interesting.
    1. iKingsley's Avatar
      iKingsley -
      Wow,I Like it! But seems on iPad can show its beauty. Anyway, I would use it on my iPad!