Tweedle for Twitter

There's no shortage of great Twitter clients out there -- we've highlighted dozens on the site -- but that doesn't mean we're going to stop showing off the best ones we find, such as Tweedle for Twitter. This client has been around for some time now, but may not be at the top of user's minds when asked to name the Top 5 clients available on Android. That doesn't mean it's a bad app though -- far from it, it recently pushed over the 500,000 user install mark on Google Play.

Tweedle for Twitter offers a smooth and modern interface with the opportunity to granularly control notifications, syncing and the entire color scheme of the app. Hang around after the break to learn a little more about Tweedle.

Tweedle for Twitter Tweedle for Twitter

Tweedle has a very simple interface that checks all of the boxes for most users. The main timeline view scrolls smoothly, has pull to refresh and displays tweets very similarly to the Twitter webpage. Pictures and videos don't show in-line by default, but can be turned on in the settings. Swiping left reveals mentions and direct messages in a normal Android "holo" fashion. Swiping in from the left edge revels an account switcher for users with multiple accounts. The top bar holds compose, search and settings keys.

There isn't a countless number of settings, but the places where they have chosen to implement granular settings control are the important ones. The first is notification preferences. You can set separate update and notification rules for each of the timeline, mentions and direct message settings for each account. For example you can set your timeline to not update in the background, but have your direct messages and mentions update every minute so you're notified quickly. You can manually set the refresh setting once you have turned on notifications, anywhere from 1 minute to 4 hours. If there's one complaint to be had about this choice is that we'd like to separate notifications and background updates -- that is, update the timeline in the background but don't notify me -- but because you can choose to manually pull-to-refresh, it's a tough argument to make.

Android Central Tweedle for Twitter

The "theme selector" menu is the second portion of the settings that has huge potential for customization. While there are five great included themes -- default, market, light dark, eco -- there's also a complete set of options to make your own theme. You can start with a "Base Design" of the five presets, then choose between three action bar textures, and then select the entire color palette of the app from that point. Changing the background, menus, headers, scroll bars and link text to whatever color you want. More advanced users can get the exact color they want by entering color codes, or you can guesstimate using a color selector.

Tweedle is what I would call a properly designed logical evolution of Twitter's own first-party client. It is low on frills, with a simple white and blue color scheme (if left as default) and a basic set of functions. Put another way, this is more or less what Twitter should make its own client look like as a prime example of Twitter on Android. If you haven't yet given Tweedle a look, you may come away surprised when you try it out.


Reader comments

Tweedle for Twitter: Flying under the radar


The ambiguous headline ("under the radar") could also mean, that Twitter didn't yet realized, that Tweedle broke the magic 100k token limit.

As far as I understood the token limit, if an app had over 100k tokens prior to the limit going into effect, the app then gets a limit of 200% of the tokens.

No notification light support. Everything else about the app is nearly perfect, but between that and not updating the timeline in the background, probably a no-go. I'm goign to keep it installed and hope for an update to bring that.

Ok seriously - after enabling in-line pictures and making things grayer and less blue, this is absolutely my favorite Twitter app now.

I've tried Carbon - it's sooooo pretty but it doesn't conform to simple UI guidelines, and it doesn't have tweet notifications.

I tried HootSuite, official Twiiter, and many others. They're all missing something. Tweetcaster is good, and I was using it until you just turned me on to Tweedle.

Thanx, AC!

Just installed and liking this a lot so far. I've been a Plume user since it was still called Touiteur and keep looking for something else because Plume still has plenty of hiccups. This could be it's replacement! The only thing missing (in my opinion) is something to highlight an @reply in the main tweet stream.

Finally someone realized that there is a better twitter app to use, thank you very much for sharing this, i have been using for some time, bought Falcon Pro , but i don't use at the moment i love the Holo designs it just completes android.
Notifications are on point i never miss anything at all, let me just say is 120% good app to use everyday for twitter.

Tomorrow's headline will be how this app hit the token limit, after having attention and extra users drawn to it from this site.

With all they hype that FalconPro and Carbon have been getting for the last few months, it is amazing that this client has flown under the radar for many users, myself included.

Seems to be a very solid Twitter client so far, love all the customization options and multi-account support.

Great job developers!

Thank you for pointing out this app. I had completely forgotten about it... like many. Not that, that is just. Because let's face it... Tweedle rules.

That and Tweetings. Those both give me the fizz :)