|Available In: Cydia||Price: Free Trial then Donation|
Last night, just before going to bed, I checked Cydia like I always do. I was surprised to see that Ste Packaging had released an app (it has been a while since I have seen one from them). This instantly made me a little curious about the application so, I decided to check it out. At first I was like, “Yeah, that is just what I need…another Twitter application!” But, after I installed and tested the app…it realized this was like no other Twitter application I had!
qTweeter allows you to update your Twitter and Facebook from any application. How that app works is, once installed, you can slide your finger from your status bar down the page. This brings up a nicely designed little user interface. The first time you launch the app (swipe from the status bar down) you will get a Welcome to qTweeter page. Here you will want to select the Start Using qTweeter option.
Note: this is a trial app…you can only update your status 15 times until you have to donate to get full use of the app. The application does not have a set price…just a donation is required.
Once you have selected “Start using qTweeter”, you will be brought to the settings page where you can set up your Facebook and Twitter info. Also in the settings, you can choose a double-tap application (which I will explain more about in a minute), the sound affect you would like, the background you would like the UI to have, the profile image you would like the UI to have, turn on/off the auto-hide feature and more info about qTweeter and how to register it.
Ok, once you have all your info entered for Facebook and/or Twitter…you can use the app. Just swipe your finger and you will see the UI. To update your status, just begin typing what you would like your status to be. You can then check to update either Twitter or Facebook or both. Once you are ready to post your update, select Update Status. You will notice that in the upper right corner, it will count down how many characters of the 140 you have left as you type. You can also select the icon in the upper right corner (next to the counter) to get back into the setting for the applicaiton.
Now, lets talk about a few of the cool features of this application. First, the double-tap feature I mentioned earlier. If you double-tap on the Twitter and Facebook words, you are able to launch an application. I have my Twitter double-tap set to launch Tweetie and my Facebook double-tap set to launch the Facebook application.
Some other cool features include the ability to quickly tweet about a website you are on, a YouTube video you are watching or a song you are listening to. All of these work in the same way. Foe example, if you are on a web page in Safari and you would like to Tweet about it…just launch the qTweeter UI and then select the “settings” icon in the upper right corner. This will bring up not only the option to get into the settings but also the option to do a “Safari QuickTweet.” When you select Safari QuickTweet, it will automatically put the title of the web site and a shortened link into your qTweeter UI. The same goes for music and YouTube videos. There is also an option to Shorten URL’s if you decide to manually add your own URL…it will automatically shorten it for you! Awesome feature! qTweeter will also work in landscape mode.
Overall, this app worked great for me. I already have my Facebook setup to pull in my tweets (Twitter updates) so, I only signed into Twitter on qTweeter and it still worked great…it updated my Twitter (and my Facebook) with no problem! Obviously, this is not a full Twitter application instead, it is just a quick way to update your status no matter what application you are in…no need to close your app and open anther app just to tweet! Also, it makes twittering about web pages, music and videos much easier!
However, there are a few things worth mentioning. There is no way to add a picture to a tweet using qTweeter…which I think is a feature that most definitly needs to be added. Also, even though it does work in conjunction with SBSettings. every time you swipe to launch qTweeter it also launches SBSettings. So, then you have to close SBSettings in order to use qTweeter. Let me know in the comments if this is an app you plan on using!
Another Note: In order for qTweeter to launch, the status bar must be showing. So, if you are watching a YouTube video…you will need to tap the screen and bring up the status bar before you can launch qTweeter.