So far I've downloaded and discarded dozens of iPhone apps that didn't do what I thought they should do. For me, Twitter apps are the worst offenders. Twitterific hung too often, and Om Malik advised me to switch to Twinkle. No, he didn't just advise me, he downloaded it to my phone while I was having non-coffee with him one afternoon. He liked it because it found people near me.
But I could never see it; the type is too small, and I'm often tweeting in dark restaurants, movie theatres before the show begins, and at stop lights. It would seem like a basic tenet of application development that the user be able to SEE the interface.
LaTwit is like that as well. A UI suitable for a mouse. I have to keep it, though, because it supports Identi.ca and TwitArmy. I then tried Tweetsville, which came highly recommended but doesn't seem to give me my messages very often. I deleted it tonight.
Someone else recommended Twittelator, which is my current solution. Big type, works fine, but doesn't work at all like Twitter. Doesn't even REMIND me of the Twitter experience.
So I'm still looking. What for? I'm looking for an iPhone application for Twitter that works the way Brightkite's does, or Facebook's. In other words, it "suggests" the site it is derived from in both its interface and its functions, and it allows you to do the things you want to do. It looks like a familiar version of its parent. For Twitter, that's read and reply, search, send DMs, unfollow and follow. (And, of course TRACK, pace @stevegillmor.)
Do you have any good suggestions for me? I will be accepting them until Friendfeed comes out with a real-time iPhone app, after which this Twitter stuff will all be moot.