This post is a call to action to anyone who uses one of the best Twitter iPhone apps out there: Tweetie 2. Note that if you don’t use Tweetie, you can still help. Read on for more details…

Since Atebits launched the version 2 of Tweetie, they crippled a key feature of the application: the RT (retweet) feature. In the old version, you could RT a tweet by simply tapping “Retweet”. It would then look like this:

RT @tweetie I should improve the RT feature on #Tweetie2

In the new version of Tweetie, you have 2 different options to retweet. None of them really fit me or most power users. You now have the option to “Retweet” using Twitter’s new RT feature, which 64% of users don’t like, or you can use the “Quote” option, which is not really a retweet and adds the odd “/via @username” at the end of you tweet.

A quick search on Twitter shows that I am not the only one disliking the new way Tweetie handles retweets and I was thinking we should tell the developer that we want the old RT feature back.

The best way to get heard is to retweet the hell out of this article so @Atebits (the developer) or @Tweetie hear us. Hopefully the developer will listen to the community and bring the old RT method back to life.

If you are on Twitter, please help us out by clicking here to retweet this article (there are also 2 RT buttons on this page). Thank you in advance for your help!

  • david

    I think tweeter is over rated and would like it to go away. Its a just a face book with out pictures or a myspace without every feature except status update.

  • David,

    Noooooo! No offense but I don’t think you get Twitter. Note that it took me about a year to understand how to use Twitter.

    I don’t use it much to tell people what I’m doing. Who cares that I’m going to the store, right?

    I (and most peeps) use it to share and learn. For example, I follow many tech people and when they share a new article or something, I know almost instantly.

    If I have a question about anything, I usually ask Twitter and there is always someone for an answer.

    Don’t see it as a status update thing. See it as a tool to find interesting content and people and to learn and share with them about virtually any topic.

    Sebastien

  • Dylan

    Rite on sabastien.

    This is of topic but u should rite an article about a theme called colored glass orb. With catagories and iblank, and a little setup, it looks smooth.

  • I’ll check it out. Thanks for the tip

  • Dylan

    No prob

  • Use twittelator pro, it’s got more options/features anyway

  • Benn

    I agree Dylan but have u also used the clear glass orb theme aswell as some icons are not covered with the coloured glass orb theme and I check them both in winterboard and it then covers a few more icons with the orb effect. Must admit like you I think it’s a well smooth theme. I did and still do use illumine with a couple of other addons jus to make it more, but since I found the coloured/clear glass orb theme I must admit I’ve had it on my iPhone eversince and I keep adding and removing other little touches just to make it really personnal..apologies as I know it’s got nowt to do with tweetie and yes I do use tweetie2 as my main Twitter client next to qtweeter but that is jus for quick tweets which r sometimes very useful.
    Thanks..benn

  • Ben Drucker

    I don’t see how it could possibly benefit Atebits to stick with an cluttered and archaic syntax which makes his product more difficult to use.

    My guess is that Twitter did away with the RT syntax because it was being misused. It was really supposed to be for actually reposting something, not clipping a piece of something and adding a comment. That’s what (via @xyz) is for. It’s a good move to make Twitter’s syntax a little less confusing. What happens when new users arrive and see “RT: @abc RT: xyz #blog #randomhashtag Just saw a concert with @friend1 and @friend2 #concert #music” It’s indecipherable. The new RT feature cuts clutter and makes it quicker to RT posts, meaning that I RT more useful things I see. When I want to add my open comments, I use the quote feature. I’d prefer a choice between /via @user and (via @user), but that’s not such a big deal.

    My request to Atebits? Get Tweetie 2 for the Mac out ASAP so I can start using the new RT features, lists, etc. on my Mac and my iPhone.