Twinkle – iPhone Twitter App adds Location Feature

BY Jason

Published 13 Apr 2008

If you are a Twitter addict and liked MobileTwitter, the native iPhone application which I had reviewed few days back then you should also checkout Twinkle, another native Twitter client for the iPhone that has been recently released.

Twinkle has couple of additional features that got me interested.

The two interesting features about Twinkle is the Locate Me feature and ability to add images to your tweets.

The Locate Me feature works as follows: Twinkle lets you use the iPhone’s location feature to add location data to your tweets. You can use the ‘Near Me’ tab to see tweets from twitter users who are within X miles of you. The default is 50-miles, and you can choose to change this to 1, 2, 10, 25, 100, 1,000, or 252,000 (it appears that there is a bug as the settings are lost when you exit the application).

The location information is only visible from Twinkle and not on the Twitter website, so this will only work when more iPhone users start using Twinkle.

If you do not fancy this feature then you always have the option to turn it off in the application "Settings" tab.

The other cool feature is the ability to add images to your tweets right at the posting screen, one tap on a camera icon at the bottom launches the camera and once you select the image, it takes you right back to the posting screen with your image file as an attachment. The images are then visible in your tweets as thumbnails which can be enlarged with a tap on the thumbnail.

Unfortunately, just like the location information, the images will be visible only from the Twinkle client and not on the Twitter website.

Other than these two additional features, you can see from the screenshots below (courtesy Gear Live) that the user interface is quite neat and intuitive.

Native iPhone App - Twinkle   
Native iPhone App - Twinkle

Native iPhone App - Twinkle   
Native iPhone App - Twinkle

Native iPhone App - Twinkle   
Native iPhone App - Twinkle

In order to install Twinkle on your iPhone, you will need a Jailbroken iPhone with the cool Installer App installed. If you want to jailbreak your iPhone you can check out these posts:  ZiPhone 3.0: New version of Popular tool to JailBreak and Unlock iPhone Released or iLiberty: Easy to use Application to JailBreak, Activate and Unlock iPhone.

Once you have the Installer app on your iPhone, you’ll need to add the Polar Bear Farm source in Installer to see Twinkle.

You need to follow some simple steps on your jailbroken iPhone for this:

  • Click on the Installer Icon on your iPhone’s home screen.
  • Click on the "Sources" icon at the bottom.
  • Click "Edit".
  • Click "Add".
  • Enter: "".
  • Click "OK".

As always do let me know the things you liked or did not like about this native iPhone application.

[via Gear Live]


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