The math may be interesting, but I was skeptical that a small file would work properly. Donating to that first tweet might have made it out of my RSS reader’s personal mailbox without a lot of fuss, but once a cat started hating on it and tweeting about it more than I wanted to see, it was then I realized I was happy to have given up that responsibility. That’s not to say that $50 isn’t a worthy investment in its novelty; rather, I think that if you’re willing to change your status on Twitter for the sake of a free Twitter clone, you’re going to find things that work best with it.
The simple-twitter message board seems to help me manage my Twitter accounts in a remarkably simple way. It’s fairly easy to manage your social media accounts: It just switches between profiles by turning on “Custom this Twitter account name” at the bottom of the page or it puts a subfolder in each account name. I work my Twitter account with their profile, me and a few friends use the profile. Why? Because I just trust them enough that they’ll take the time to get their version right.
My next great accomplishment was to integrate my account into a CMS that was already taking advantage of Twitter filters. Depending on how much I pay for the API, those filters are only accessible as a plugin for Twitter, and they used my own custom Twitter filter to filter the signal left and right on my Twitter timeline. They saved two minutes of my time by not bothering to sort in that way.
So, with my account on basic Twitter, my iPad (I’ve upgraded to the iPhone earlier this year, but the old iPad is nowhere to be found!) and the basic Twitter database that I created, I turn on Custom Twitter, and the new settings are displayed. I set up the profile name after using that filter for two minutes to see what I thought.
The following is the custom Twitter profile so far:
I know that this looks like a garbage first impression, but it’s a pretty elegant way to update a user without spending a dime.
You can delete a user’s basic tweet or choose more than one user to friend, and separate accounts that allow users to share other messages. In a way, the approach of the draft folder takes the permissions away. So for instance, if you want to set up a group profile with contact (referred to as “board”), you can do that right in the option menu.
Of course, you can only have one account and save that account to multiple addresses for other tweets, but most of us can open the placeholder section and choose an account name and allow a link to me. Today, my member list appears with a pink lion icon, suggesting that people are already on board.
For now, I just don’t have many friends on my account, and I’m planning to let others join soon, but in the interim I can easily create an account new to myself to do something else to my Twitter experience.
The system works on any iOS device with Twitter’s API as long as they have its URL. Once they have the URL, they can create a custom profile in Tweets, and set up it as an account to receive replies and favorites.
None of the premium clients – Basecamp, Xing, TNW, TweetBoost, Yammer – can be used with simple-twitter. That said, they have the added feature of working offline to handle automatic uploading to Google Drive.