Have you ever tried to do a Twitter chat from your iPhone? Some of the apps certainly don’t make it very easy. The good news is that I’ve gone through and found what I think is the best app for twitter chats and what I’ve been using for quite some time. That’s Echofon, or Echofon Pro for the iPhone. I’m going to get into details today about why I think it’s the best and a few key features that will help you have successful twitter chats from your iPhone.
Hello it’s Social Media Sean. Have you ever tried to do a Twitter chat from your iPhone? Some of the apps certainly don’t make it very easy. The good news is that I’ve gone through and found what I think is the best app for twitter chats and what I’ve been using for quite some time. That’s Echofon, or Echofon Pro for the iPhone. I’m going to get into details today about why I think it’s the best and a few key features that will help you have successful twitter chats from your iPhone. I look forward to your comments at the end. Thanks for stopping by.
Echofon is a free download from the iTunes app store. If you want to get rid of the ads, just simply download Echofon Pro for $4.99 and you’ll have an ad free experience. Once you have it installed, you’ll notice that one of my favorite parts of it is that is has a really clean interface. I love the white background, and at the end of the day I want to make sure that it’s easy to read tweets and to send tweets. Jumping ahead into the chat features, what’s really important here is that it has a really good search function. Not all search functions on these apps are the same. So what I can do is go ahead and search one of the chats I’m about to do. For this example, of course I want to search #TChat. #TChat is one of my favorite chats where we talk about World of Work, Social Media, HR and Leadership. It’s awesome! If this chat were on right now, when I refresh, you’d see lots of new tweets coming through.
Let’s give you an example of an awesome feature. Let’s say I wanted to engage on a tweet in the chat itself of do a retweet. When I scroll down, we’ll say I want to retweet Kevin Grossman. So I’ll go ahead and click on his tweet, hit Retweet with Comment, and you can see it’s so easy to use. I can add a comment at the beginning if I choose, I can go ahead and retweet it, and I can edit it really easily. A cool feature of the iPhone itself is if I want to Undo, I just have to shake the phone and hit ‘Undo Typing’. From there, I can easily just send it off.
Another great feature is for uploading pictures. Echofon allows you to upload to Twitter.com, TwitPic or Lockerz. The nice thing about those 3 is that they show in stream previews. Let me show you what it looks like. If I go back to my main timeline here on my Echofon, I can show you that as I scroll through these tweets here, there is an example of what the image preview looks like. Unlike when you upload an image through Hootsuite, you’re not going to get a preview. For click through rates and engagements it’s really nice to have that preview. Which means Echofon is great for uploading pictures during a chat or really anytime for that matter. One of the things to point out as well is the mentions work great for a chat. One of the reasons for that is I can just quickly hit reply and mention everyone that I’m talking to with one click. When you’re in the middle of a chat, speed does matter.
So for those reasons, I’ve really enjoyed Echofon. I think it’s one of your best bets. It’s also a great app for beginners. I’m curious, what are your favorite twitter apps for chats? If you have any questions or comments, go ahead and leave them below. Thanks for stopping by! See you soon.