Every few months I like to use Twitter's official app for the iPhone and iPad for a while and rethink their benefits over third-party clients, as well as the shortcomings. This is something I have been doing for years now. While I have often gone away unimpressed with Twitter's original offer, switching back to Tweetbot or Twitterrific after a couple of days, it's been a week since I started using the official Twitter app on my iPhone and iPad again, and I can't find it requires Tweetbot's UI design or timeline as much as I thought I would.
Part of this I think must be attributed to the limitations Twitter has imposed on third-party clients over the past year. With the removal of streaming and real-time push notifications from third-party clients, Twitter has eliminated two of the key features I searched for in my ideal Twitter experience. Now, every Twitter app on my iOS devices needs to be updated manually, while Twitter's official app is the only one delivering push notifications for DM as soon as they are sent to me. But I think there's more at stake here. For a long time, the Twitter app has offered the opportunity to search for each tweet that is shared. As the years roll, I find great benefit in being able to easily retrieve old links and articles posted from my account. And it's not talking about a number of other useful features that are exclusive to the official app, from sticky tweets and polls to engagement data for each tweet (likes, retweets, etc.) and quality filters . Also, I, as others have noticed that the Twitter app has become much better at storing and restoring its timeline status across relays – which is particularly useful thanks to the retraction of the reverse chronological timeline.
There are many things I do not like about the official Twitter app still, most of them beyond the scope of this article. Their iPad app is still an avfront to decent iPad software . The built-in reporting and blocking tools can use serious improvements. Long threads of answers and interjected calls are hard to read. There is nothing I can do about these issues but complain about them and hope Twitter's product team will eventually address them.
But I think I've come up with a pretty good solution to a minor problem that can be worked around using the tools Twitter makes available to users. One of the features I miss from Tweetbot is how the Tapbots app presents both @replies and cited tweets (what Twitter calls retweets with comments ) in the Mentions tab. Tapbots' approach makes sense: in the same view you can see what people say to you or about you when they retweeter one of your tweets and add their own comments.  The Twitter app does not work like this: The Mentions tab on the notification page displays only answers or tweets containing your username; To see retweets with comments, you need to switch to the All section, which shows each engagement point like likes, retweets and follows. There is no way to filter out statistics from the All view or decide which data points you are interested in; As a result, in my previous experiments with the Twitter app, I often forgot to look at other users' retweets with comments because they were lost in a stream of engagement statistics and activity updates.
It's not a perfect solution, but I've come up with a decent solution to see a single timeline for answers, mentions and retweets with comments in Twitter for iOS using en custom search syntax . To open this view, all I need to do is open this saved search in the Twitter app:
to: viticci OR url: viticci OR "@viticci" from: viticci
Twitter's advanced search may be one of those most underrated features of the service. In addition to filtering tweets by date, it is possible to use advanced search operators to specify senders and recipients, tweet formats, search, and more. In this case, I built a search using
OR the operator to match one or more conditions:
- Reply sent to me
- Links containing my username (if any quotes one of my tweets, their tweet will always have a
twitter.com/viticciURL in it, which can be filtered)
- Mentions of my @username
As you can see, at the end of the search there is also an exclusion filter. This was necessary to remove the tweets sent by me from the list of results, so that custom searches only return responses, mentions and retweets with comments from other users . I strongly recommend taking a look at Twitter's search rules and filters documentation to get an idea of the advanced searches you can build in just a few minutes.
All you need to do to customize my search to your account will replace & # 39; viticci & # 39; with your username and paste the search into Twitter's app search box. Better change, but you can save your search using Twitter's desktop page or use Launch Center Pro's Twitter Search Action to create a convenient starter kit for it.
The only downside is that you have to hit the "Last" tab each time you start the custom search, as Twitter does not provide filtering parameters to always load the search results in reverse chronological order.
Despite the annoyance that is derived from the fact that I have to open this search manually and press the "Last" button each time, this method has mostly solved my problem with the lack of a single message / quoted tweets view in the official Twitter app for iOS. Perhaps one day we will be able to add these custom searches to a second column on the iPad. Or maybe I ask too much of a company that can't even figure out how to let users fix their typos.