Carbon is a modern Android Twitter client. It looks great. I set my Carbon to use three panes, one for the regular Twitter timeline, one for mentions and the last for direct messages (all four I get per year). The app is consistently dark, which is great on a phone with a black bezel and for those indoors all day. Tapping on a tweet brings up a side-pane that tells you information like client sent from, time, and gives access to in-tweet links, replies, reweeting, favoriting and so on. Of course, as standard these days, it has a conversation view which has a novel design effect when used. Long pressing on a tweet in the timeline will open a smaller in-line interaction bar for tweeting and replying too. There’s a great favorites tab too, which is handy for reviewing the news you’ve saved through the day. Pulling to refresh makes the entire timeline slide back away from the top of the screen which looks stunning visually. I have extensive screenshots detailing Carbon. Seriously, look at them.
While all of this is great, there are two sad aspects. The first is that I cannot simply share a tweet by long pressing into the in-line interaction bar — there’s no sharing action there. I have to tap into the tweet pane and then share that’s also hidden in the menu button. I frequently share to Evernote and Pocket. The second is that this application is free. I would pay for something this great — maybe $2 or $3.
The genesis of Twitter applications that I have used is long and difficult. I started, as did everyone, with the native Android app, then I moved to Tweet Lanes in Spring last year. That fell away when the developer, at the hands of Twitter, saw no market. I migrated to Tweetings by Thanksgiving last year. Tweeter is a great medium, but the app is what makes the messages in the medium possible. No client is the end all, be all, so this isn’t the last, but it may just become the current.