Android app of the week: Plume

Twitter has become an essential Internet resource for many of us, and there are a lot of Twitter clients out there. I just use the standard web interface when I’m on a PC, but Twitter’s own Android app is pretty limited. I looked at and tried about half a dozen different Twitter apps before setting on Plume.

Plume has a long list of features:

- Colorize your timeline/friends from Twitter
- Multiple twitter accounts support
- Scrollable beautiful widgets to display your twitter timeline on your home
- mute twitter users, word or clients
- picture preview
- twitter geotagging
- swipe scrolling
- very customizable
- Internal browser
- Autocomplete twitter hashtags and username
- Share photo with Twitter, Twitpic, Plixi, YFrog, Posterous, Mobypicture
- Bit.ly support for your tweets
- Inline twitter conversation
- Display replies to a tweet
- Display twitter profiles
- Pull to refresh

So, why did I pick Plume? In a nutshell, because it was the most customizable of all the Twitter apps I tried. My main issue with most apps was that I couldn’t get a high-contrast readable screen that showed everything I wanted to see. On some apps, for example, I could set the font for the message, but not the status information, so I could read the message but couldn’t tell who it was from or when it was sent. Or I couldn’t turn off thumbnail display to save bandwidth. Or hash tags would display in an unreadable colour. ¬†You get the idea. With Plume, I could control all of this, and more.

Plume

Plume has all the features you’d expect in an advanced Twitter client, and more. If you have a tablet and a phone, it’ll synchronize your position in your Timeline when you switch between them. There’s a more detailed review on ZDNet if you want more details.

There’s two versions of the app: a free, ad-supported version and the paid version which is $2.99 (I think – since I’ve installed it, the price doesn’t show up on the Market page). Plume is one of the apps that I use most and I recommend it highly.

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