Mobile Twitter – The PockeTwit Way

PockeTwit is one of the more popular Twitter clients for Windows Mobile devices. I’ve written about this app a couple times in the past and the developers keep making it better and better and adding more and more features. So it’s worth a re-visit.

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PockeTwit works on both touch and non-touch screen devices. When looking at a tweet, pressing left will bring up a menu showing you all the global options you can select. And pressing right will bring up a menu with all the options you have in relation to the tweet you have selected. Over time, these menus have grown to include more and more options. Beyond the normal twitter client features, with PockeTwit, you can easily:

  • update your location based on the GPS in your device,
  • email the selected message to someone that’s not on Twitter,
  • search or view the public timeline,
  • build a custom theme or select one of the pre-loaded themes,
  • use Skweezer when following links in IE Mobile,
  • set custom notifications,
  • click and follow @names and #hashtags,
  • create groups for different topics of conversation,
  • merge tweets from multiple accounts into one timeline for easy management,
  • and so much more.

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PockeTwi t is easily the most feature packed mobile Twitter client I have used. How can someone go wrong with such a feature rich product? Well, there are some shortcomings. The first is the speed – PockeTwit has always suffered with speed issues. While things did improve since the early versions, the latest version has been a significant step backwards. It takes far too long to launch PockeTwit, especially the first time. On top of that scrolling through your timeline can be very painful.

The next major drawback with PockeTwit is focus – PockeTwit has always been great at keeping your position in the timeline during updates. You’ll never need to worry about losing your place. However, after large updates, the indicator shows that you are at the top of the list, but in reality you are at the bottom of the list. You need to scroll up 2-3 times before the application figures this out and correctly draws your location and the corresponding tweets. This problem also shows up when you reply or quote someone and you are not near the top of the timeline. After you submit the tweet, the screen will show tweets that are above your current position while it updates the timeline and then jump back to the correct location. This isn’t a killer problem, but it sure does get annoying.

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The last issue that I’m going to focus on is the address book – PockeTwit will keep track of the people that tweet in your timeline so that you can quickly create new tweets that reference those people. It works like this; as you’re typing your tweet and enter the @ symbol, PockeTwit will pop up a window with people’s accounts making it very easy to select someone and continue. The problem here is that the popup doesn’t always draw correctly which makes it extremely hard to find the person you’re looking for. Furthermore, sometimes the person isn’t in your list yet, in which case PockeTwit has a hard time letting you enter the name. Again, it’s not a killer problem, but it sure can be annoying.

Select problems aside, PockeTwit has the best feature set and offers functionality that others can only dream of right now and is well worth the download. The single biggest issue with this client is speed. The developers need to focus their energy on getting PockeTwit to run and navigate faster.

About Mike Temporale

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/DarrenHumphries Darren Humphries

    Excellent review, Mike. I’m pretty well feeling the same way about Twikini and Pocketwit.

    I actually use both clients regularly. If I want to just see a quick update on latest tweets I open up twikini, since it loads so quickly. You can pretty well do most of what you need using it.

    For times that I figure I will be doing more, its Pocketwit every time. It has all the features packed in.

    Yep, speed is Pocketwit’s Achilles. While I appreciate the work put into Twikini, if Pocketwit was quicker, there would be no need for Twikini.