I tried Tweetie for a while yesterday, and while it’s pretty — and easy on my computer’s resources — I couldn’t bring myself to keep using it, because of certain ways it does things that just don’t suit my workflow.
- No notifications when tweets arrive. Personally, I don’t want my Twitter client to be nonobtrusive. I want a subtle beep when new tweets arrive. I don’t follow so many people that this is a big distraction, and I use Twitter as a primary means of communication with some people, so I don’t want to miss anything.
- No indicator of which tweets are new. I can’t tell which tweets I’ve read already unless I happen to remember reading them.
- Separate tweet entry window. I can see how this is awesome for a lot of people, but for me, it’s a hassle. I vastly prefer to have my tweet entry in the same window, as I can simply place my twitter window in a screen corner, keep it uncovered, and just click and go.
- What’s the deal with the icon in my menu bar that shows and hides the window but does nothing else, and can’t be gotten rid of? I have 20 items hanging out at the right side of my menu bar already — I don’t want another one, especially one I don’t need.
- Unremovable sidebar. Why is there a big sidebar that you can’t get rid of? I essentially never leave the “all tweets” view, so why waste space with this sidebar?
For a lot of people, Tweetie is probably fantastic. For my personal needs, it’s a poor fit. If these issues were addressed, I’d happily pony up the $14.95 for it. As it stands, I’m going to keep using the beta of Syrinx 2.0, despite its quirks. It’s a closer match to my personal needs.