While a few tweet apps may survive tweetageddon, most will simply fade away into obscurity–unless they can match or exceed features launching upon the official Twitter app (formally known as Tweetie).
Although Twitter has yet to reveal their iPlans to the world, here are 4 possible features that may debut on the upcoming Twitter app (which may make a few developers nervous).
Peaceful Push Notifications
Instead of sending an alert whenever someone mentions your name, Twitter could enable users to only receive alerts from certain people, lists or even searches.
This would enable power tweeters with hundreds, thousands or even millions of followers to stay in touch with the people they love without being overwhelmed by the noise.
Since integrating push notifications within an app can be expensive, we may see many third party developers go bankrupt trying to match the official Twitter app or simply ignore the feature (which could make them irrelevant).
Filtering The Chaos
Twitter could allow users to not only filter out specific hash tags (like #followfriday, #tcot, #nowplaying, etc.) within searches, but also filter out words from their timeline (which might appeal to parents who want to keep their tweet stream family friendly.
Last but not least Twitter could enable users to filter out (or rather mute) annoying friends within their specific timeline without having to resort to the mighty block hammer.
This last feature would appeal to businesses who would want to follow their customers (to help build loyalty around their brand) without having to hear all the drama that goes on in their customers lives.
Choose Thy Media (Images And Video)
With the exception of Twittelator and Tweetie (in its current form), most twitter apps provide 5 or less options when it comes to choosing where to upload images (and less than 3 when it comes to video).
The official Twitter app could change this by integrating dozens of services (like Picasa, Flickr, YouTube, VideoPress, etc.) within the app, giving users more freedom as to where their media is stored.
Twitter could also keep Twetie’s custom option field open, which would appeal to power users seeking to host media content on their own server (especially bloggers using WordPress, Movabletype and Expression Engine).
Free Vs Premium (The Final Death Blow?)
Unless developers can find ways to differentiate themselves (perhaps by integrating Facebook and other social networks) then many users will probably be unwilling to pay for a premium app when the official one is “just as good.”
However unless Twitter for iPhone creates a lot of “ad hating power users,” developers may find it difficult to generate a profit in what will be a very crowded market.
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