Abhimanyu Ghoshal, My Twitter Client: Twicca

Let me save you the trouble and say what’s already on your mind: Twicca is old-school. Like Froyo-level old-school. In fact, it’s probably one of the few apps that I began using when I got my first Android device and continue to use even now — and I think the reason behind that is because I still use Twitter the same way I did back then.

On Android, I’m not a Twitter power user; I save the heavy lifting for web apps on my desktop, which is where I’m parked for most of the day. What I need is something that’s quick, easy to use and allows me to focus on reading tweets when I’m in between appointments, running mundane errands, or commuting.

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Keeping it Simple

Back in 2011, I wasn’t very active on Twitter — I’d only just begun to follow influential writers, developers, designers and blogs, and found it to be a wonderful source of new content to read. I tried a couple of Twitter clients and stumbled upon Twicca, which looked and felt like the least intimidating of the lot.

Left - Twicca's simple interface with color labels; Right - An elegant media preview

Left – Twicca’s simple interface with color labels; Right – An elegant media preview

Twicca’s main interface consists of four small buttons in a row and tweets from your timeline — and that’s it. I quickly got used to that, and also enjoyed the way Twicca lets you interact with tweets — simply tap one to reveal a menu of actions for the users, links and content in that tweet. This is one of those apps that does away with a learning curve, which is perfect if you’re just getting into Twitter.

Back in 2011, our own James Cull reviewed Twicca and gave it a sweet 9/10 rating!

It’s the Little Things

Twicca’s clever features make it a delight for casual Twitter users — from auto capitalization and handle autocompletion, to simple mute settings (mute by user, Twitter client or by keywords, a godsend for hiding Foursquare updates) to TwitLonger integration — which you wouldn’t really expect from a bare-bones client like this.

Another Twicca feature I really enjoy is color labels which you can assign to users to categorize them. For example, I’ve got tech folks in light blue, comedy and entertainment in lime green and news sources in red. Over time, you’ll be able to actually recognize by sight who a tweet is from, so you can focus on or skip that tweet without reading, and instead move on to tweets of a topic you do want to check out.

More Power to the People

Over time, I began to want a little more control over my Twitter experience, and Twicca rose to the occasion. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the app supports plugins that are available in plenty for free. With these, I was able to switch image upload handling from via.me to Twitpic, add links in tweets to Pocket and Evernote directly from the context menu, save drafts of tweets, and search Google or Twitter with content from a tweet. How nifty is that?

Left - Interact with tweets via the context menu; Right - Composing is simple, yet flexible

Left – Interact with tweets via the context menu; Right – Composing is simple, yet flexible

Summing up

I wish I could recommend Twicca to everyone, but that would be unfair on my part towards all the other great clients out there. The app doesn’t implement gestures or inline media previews, support multiple accounts or allow users to reply to multiple tweets at once.

That said, I have a feeling I’m going to stick with Twicca for a little while longer. The way I use and interact with Twitter hasn’t changed very much since 2011, and as such I haven’t felt the need to switch to a new client. I would love to see a UI refresh and for more options to filter tweets for reading, but other than that, I’m happy to continue tweeting with Twicca. If you’re a casual user and haven’t decided on a client yet, give Twicca a go and see what you think.