‘Quip’ for Twitter App

‘Quip’ (iPad) is a new and different (visual) way to view and interact with your Twitter network (in my case my personal learning network / PLN).

I have been using the official Twitter app on the iPad and iPhone for a long time now out of choice as nothing has really come my that feels ‘better’ (but their penchance to crash so frequently has caused me to look around from time to time). Quip was introduced through a tweet from Mark Power (@markpower), and Quip is all about the conversation:

“Imagine trying to follow a conversation in real life if the group of people involved all spoke backwards while others nearby kept interrupting with random comments. It sounds crazy but that’s what it can often be like when scanning a normal Twitter timeline. With Quip, replies show their context right where they are. You don’t have to chase conversations down or drill down away from the timeline because Quip groups them by default and puts them the right way around for you.”

Quip (£0.69) : http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/quip/id501870713

The Next Web recently wrote a good review of the App – The gorgeous iPad app that made me enjoy reading Twitter again – with the notable highlights explaining the subtle features of the app:

  • The timeline view you’re presented with allows you to scroll through your recent history, with a quick scroll on right letting you buzz through faster. That quick scroll can be locked away, but it serves the dual function of highlighting your new tweets in blue, so you can see where you left off.
  • To view a conversation surrounding any tweet in your timeline, tap and hold on the large profile picture. Quip will go out and find all of the replies, then reshuffle the conversation to make sure you see the originating tweet first. Then you can tap anywhere below the tweet to expand that conversation and read it.
  • The next tab down lets you see only conversations, but the ‘find all bits of this’ shortcut still works to gather and sort them all. This is really the core section of Quip, as it lets you browse discussions around ideas, rather than a disjointed feed of tweets.
  • Further on down you have access to a stream that just displays the images culled from your feed. This provides you with a pure pictographic tour of your timeline, isolated from all of the chatter.

The piece closes with what I’ve already realised, that Quip could never “be my primary Twitter client. I’m too much of an information addict and I’m tied to my stream throughout the day. But it has given me a different way to read Twitter, a more coherent way that gives it the ‘lean-back’ feel that no other client has.”

What and how do you read and interact with Twitter, what’s your favourite app or method?