A new take on Twitter for the iPhone: Chirpy

Xavier Verhoeven
19 May, 2010
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With the impending release of an official Twitter for iPhone client (a rebadged version of Tweetie) expected soon, developers are looking for novel ways to use Twitter’s service in their apps. One such option is Chirpy, a brand new app that aims to replace SMS with Twitter’s direct message (DM) service.

From developers High Order Bit, whose TwitBit Twitter client was one of the first to include push notifications, Chirpy (iTunes link) is fast and simple to use. The app arranges your DMs in threaded conversations as in the iPhone’s Messages app, and push notifications alert you to a new message. The notifications are almost instant, and the interface has the familiar feel of a native iPhone app, with a few necessary tweaks so you don’t forget you’re not in the SMS app. Just log in to your Twitter account, and away you go.

Why would you want to use Twitter DMs instead of SMS messages? Well, there are a few reasons. From High Order Bit’s blog: “With direct messages, you can save a couple bucks, benefit from internet ubiquity, and you don’t have to worry about sending messages to friends abroad. In addition to your mobile device, you can access your inbox through the web, email, or wherever else you use Twitter.” You can even add Twitter friends to your iPhone or iPod touch’s contact list.

If only all my friends were on Twitter…

Chirpy is available now for iPhone and iPod touch for $2.49, but we’ve got five copies to give away to Australian Macworld readers. All you have to do is follow @ausmacworld on twitter. We’ll pick out five winners tomorrow, and DM you your promo codes.

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