The Bird is the Word: Part I (Twitter Reviews)

Seesmic Review

Welcome to part one of the official AndroidGuys Twitter application face-off! During the course of the next four days we will review four of the top Twitter applications for Android, beginning with the fourth best application and ending with the best Twitter application for Android. Stay tuned to AndroidGuys.com!

Seesmic 1.3.1 is a popular free Twitter client that is available in the Android Market. Although the Seesmic experience extends beyond Android, those aspects of the Seesmic experience will not be discussed in this review. This review will focus solely on the mobile Twitter experience presented by Seesmic.

Interface

Seesmic opens directly into your timeline and features a very simple tab-style interface. Tweets from other Twitter users that you follow appear in grey, your tweets are highlighted in yellow, and mentions are in blue. The tabs are separated into four categories: Timeline, Replies, Messages and Profile. The interface is very simple and straightforward. Clicking on Timeline will show you the most recent tweets for the individuals you follow, clicking on Replies will show you all of you mentions, and so on. On the top of each page is a long refresh button, which makes it easy to update your timeline. Clicking on your profile tab grants you access to your favorites, a list of people you follow, your followers, and user-created lists.

Features

Although Seesmic does not have threaded messages like Touiteur, it does have a way to follow and read an entire conversation on Twitter. Clicking on an individual tweet will show who posted it, when it was tweeted, and who it was in reply to, if applicable. If a tweet is a reply to an earlier tweet, a box will appear that allows a user to view the aforementioned tweet, and ergo follow a conversation. It takes a while to load replies and the system is not ideal, but it is a nice feature nevertheless. Clicking on a person’s name will bring you to their profile. From there you can reply to their tweet, send them a direct message and perform a few other tasks.

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Features that are included in many other Twitter clients are noticeably absent from Seesmic, such as user customization and multiple widget sizes. Trending topics are hidden under the search menu, but they are a welcome addition to the application. Composing a tweet in Seesmic takes one extra step than other Twitter clients. In order to compose a tweet you have to hit the menu button on your phone and then select “Compose.” Composing a tweet should be a speedier process, and many other Twitter applications only require one step to write a new tweet.

Like all other Twitter clients, Seesmic affords you the opportunity to choose when you receive notifications, your URL shortening service and your photo uploading service. Where Seesmic falls short is its widget. Seesmic offers one widget, and like the rest of the application, the widget is light on features. You can only view one tweet at a time, and scrolling between multiple tweets becomes tedious.

Wrap-Up

Seesmic is a nice free Twitter offering for Android. On occasion, loading can be slow and even unresponsive and the application’s feature set is bare. Seesmic excels as a basic Twitter client, and although it shares many features with the top Twitter applications, it is clear that it is a free application. Where Seesmic really falters is its widget. If you want to do anything other than compose a tweet, it is aggravating to use. Seesmic 1.3.1 is free and can be installed on any version of the Android operating system.

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15 Comments

  1. gregdreyfus
    July 12, 13:08 Reply

    Good review of Seesmic but I still feel Touiteur does it better

    • @kpoz
      July 12, 23:29 Reply

      It's only part one of a series of reviews on Twitter apps. Maybe I think Touiteur is the best as well. Stay tuned to find out.

  2. @vazguard
    July 12, 16:03 Reply

    You didn't mention Seesmic is one of the few free Twitter apps that supports multiple Twitter accounts – something that is put together very well and is a great addition for professional users.

    • @kpoz
      July 12, 23:32 Reply

      You make a valid point, and I should have mentioned it. However, most of the Twitter apps I reviewed supported multiple accounts, including the official Twitter app.

      • Greg
        July 13, 13:46 Reply

        You're wrong about the official Twitter app.
        It does NOT support multiple accounts.

  3. B
    July 12, 12:03 Reply

    I think touiteur is the best and most visually appealing

  4. @ekday
    July 12, 17:14 Reply

    I'd just like to defend your comment regarding the widget. I had the same feelings about it until I realized it's a little more full-featured than it appears to be.

    There are actually three places you can click on the widget. 1) The tweet. This brings you to the tweet and allows you to reply to it. 2) Compose. This allows you to compose a tweet (duh). 3) Your username. This was the surprising one. If you click just above the compose area, it will take you to your twitter feed, and allows all the access that clicking on the app icon allows. Finding this was huge, and landed Seesmic on my N1 as my primary Twitter app.

    Now bring on the Buzz integration!

  5. @dethduck
    July 12, 17:21 Reply

    While this is a decent review, really it only covers the surface features. Spend some time with it and look around, it really is much more feature rich than you have gone over here. Examples are like as commented by @vazguard, it supports multiple accounts, as well as posting simultaneously to all accounts with one tweet. Also when replying to a tweet in a conversation you can tweet the reply to all accounts listed in the tweet your replying to. Also, as far as I'm aware of, seesmic is the only android app that you can record, upload and tweet a video from within the app itself, be it with youtube, twitvid or yfrog.

    • @kpoz
      July 12, 23:31 Reply

      I was trying to keep the review short and readable, but I appreciate your input. You are correct: Seesmic is a great app that takes time to truly appreciate all that it offers.

      A number of Twitter apps these days allow for multiple accounts, which is why I left it out.

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