Well, that was fast. Only a few days ago did Toby muse at the official Twitter client’s imminent roll out, and it must have heard him, because later that day, there it was, chillin’ out max and relaxin’ all cool and shootin’ some b-ball outside of the App Store. Oddly, that was all it could do, but glitches aside, it’s now readily-downloadable and has rocketed to the #1 free app almost instantly.
Now, this could be due to developer Loren ‘Atebits’ Brichter being the goddamn man, and having developed such a monstrously unbeatable Twitter client (Tweetie), the company had no choice but to just buy it. It could, of course, also have to do with such quality just being available for free (as Tweetie, it was three bucks). Either way, competing products had better scramble, because with Tweetie in their corner, Twitter might very well stand to murder them all sorts of dead.
Be iPhone shenanigans as they may, I’m interested to see where Twitter goes with the desktop version of Tweetie – whether they’ll port it to Windows, or firstly whether they’ll even bother with a Mac version, to quell desktop-based Twitter clients. I’m running an older, ad-supported, 20-dollar version (if I decide to buy… fat chance) of Tweetie, and even that’s mo’ better than most alternatives. Give me a free, official client with the same improvements made to the iPhone version (better search, retweet support, and… well, free) and I’ll gladly do my part to end the resistance.