TweetSort came out of the blue, well literally, as the client and website is blue. Here is their claim from the website, let’s see if it is true:
tweetsort takes all your favorite features from the vast range of applications and merges them into one simple, sleek, easy to use web application. Features Include:
* » Organize your friends into groups you can easily manage
* » Shorten links via tsort.us, bit.ly, TinyURL, tr.im, and more
* » Post videos via yFrog
* » Tweet songs to your Followers using GrooveShark
* » Post pictures via TweetPhoto, twitGoo, TwitPic, and others
* » Compress your tweets using TweetShrink
* » Stay up-to-date with auto-refreshing tweet stream
* » View your conversation threads
* » Save and view custom Twitter searches
You log in to TweetSort via oAuth, which worked fine one th second try. I know they were having issues here the other day, but I got in. Then you get quite the full dashboard. It pretty much allows you to do everything. They use the term “What’s going on?” in the area where you type your tweet. Below that is button to send pictures, videos or music. There is currently 7 choices for URL shortners built in, but I didn’t see the hook to enter MY bit.ly credentials.
The right panel has the normal links for mentions, directs and such. Then has areas for groups, searches (which can be saved), user lookups and recent trends. The whole middle portion is the stream of those you currently follow.
I performed a search and it added a new button above the stream (middle panel area) and allowed me to save that search for future usage. A nice touch. Now each tweet that you see comes with a few actions. The middle area will allow a maximum of 6 tabs to be active at any one time. Their FAQ covers this saying anything more looks ugly. I buy that. However, tabs are not currently saved at this time as they launch.
First thing, I did not like how light the colors were for the actions on the tweets. I hardly noticed them at first, even on a widescreen monitor. They do darken as you hover over them, but not nearly enough. I know they were going for clean UI, but my first impression was I couldn’t do anything. But once I noticed them I found the standard reply, direct and retweet. Added were actions to quickly add them to a group and search @replies.
Clicking on a username or avatar brings up their stream and information so you may choose to follow them. If they embed a URL in their tweet that uses a shortener service, you get a new action button that expands the URL. I found this later and liked it.
Lastly I went into account settings. I could enable sounds, my favorite URL shortener (once again no choice to use my account) and my favorite picture service (ditto on using my account). Real-time updates were disabled by default, but I imagine turning this on could really mess with your API limits. I found your API usage count does show in the upper right by the hour. Wow, you can use and burn fast if you run multiple clients updating quickly.
So what do I think?
I think they did many things right and are on their way to being the web client to beat. They offer a ton of features with a UI that is almost there. I have a few wish items, if they read this and take it as constructive only from seeing hundreds of clients now (great work so far guys!):
- Have a collapsible section for the videos, pictures and music buttons. Give me more real estate on seeing my primary stream
- Please allow multiple Twitter accounts somehow. It is becoming mandatory for some people that have multiple ones for different reasons
- Darken the tools/actions for each tweet to make them easier to see. You made them good and tiny but so light I almost missed them
- Move my last tweet from right under in a big block to maybe the side in it’s own that collapses
- Make the side blocks resortable or collapsible. I might want to see more searches and not the look-up box or maybe my groups are all that is important
- I also caught some iPhone looking code and wonder if they are going to make this a mobile app also
I know I will come across a few more while working with the client, but beware everyone. A new web client has arrived.