TwitLock Cydget – Tweet from your Lock Screen

Available In: Cydia       Price: Free  

TwitLock TwitLock is a Cydget that allows you to tweet from your lock screen. Once installed, you can activate it via the stock Settings application under the Cydget.

After you have activated the Cydget, you will need to go to your lock screen. The first time you view TwitLock on your lock screen you are prompted to sign into your twitter account. After you have successfully signed in you are able to post a tweet right from your lock screen.

Currently the app is pretty basic… it only supports tweeting however, the developer says he will continue to add features.

Like most Cydgets this one also has some lag while trying to sign in and while typing a tweet but, the actually tweet is sent very quickly and with basically no lag. You can get TwitLock via the BigBoss source.


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  1. He does bring up a bug in cydget. Once you check twitlock and respring you springbaord, you will crash it is not twitlock fault it is cydget bug.

  2. It’s not that all Cydgets are laggy…

    Cydget is a framework that allows developers to create lock screen plugins (SpringBoard calls them “SBAwayViewPlugins”). Cydget allows these plugins to be created using Objective-C (NATIVE plugins), or web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and Cycript (WEB plugins).

    ANYTHING that developers create using web technologies is going to be MUCH, MUCH, MUCH slower than anything using Objective-C. There is absolutely nothing that can be done about this.

    Unfortunately, most developers right now creating Cydgets are not that capable, so the only thing they can do is use the web stuff to write their plugins. Nothing wrong with that, but it means that they are going to be slow. Look for Cydgets made by reputable iPhone developers like Saurik, Ryan Petrich, etc, chances are that these are going to be native plugins and be full speed.

    I don’t know what TwitLock is made with, but my hunch is that it’s a web-based plugin.

    By the way, if you think about it, web-based cydget plugins are very inefficient… you’re basically running a full copy of safari right in your lock screen. Native plugins don’t have all that overhead! Of course, to write a native plugin you have to know exactly what you’re doing with Objective-C, which is why we see so few of them.

    Hope that clears it up.