Published on agosto 15th, 2009 | by admin0
Twuner: Listen to Tweets on Your iPhone.
We’ve seen plenty of iPhone Twitter apps make their mark as mobile clients. There’s the functional variety, like TweetDeck for iPhone () and Tweetie (), and then there’s the absurd ones that we download for pure entertainment value purposes.
One such iPhone Twitter () app, Twuner, should hit the app store as early as tomorrow (and it’s already available in the UK), and clearly falls into the latter of the two categories. The new app uses text-to-speech technology and is solely designed for listening to audio tweets on your phone. It certainly adds a new level of inanity to the tweets from people you follow.
In fact, Twuner is quite fun. Once you configure your Twitter account — multiple accounts are accepted — you can click play to start listening to a male or female voice sound off each Twitterers’ updates. It’s one of those of apps you just have to try for yourself, but it’s a real trip to hear 140 characters find animation and life in audio form.
Should the audio version of the tweets you follow bore you to death (that’s not likely to happen), you can always tune into the audio rendition of Mashable’s () tweets in the app’s “Presets” section. There you’ll also find a number of different preset celebrity and media outlet Twitter accounts that you can easily select for tweet listening. Twuner does allow you to listen to music too, though we’re not quite sure why, as it just pulls music from the iPod library.
Practically speaking, those with impaired vision could use the app to listen to tweets instead of read them, though realistically most of us will use it for pure enjoyment. Critically speaking, Twuner’s almost perfect on the speech-recognition front. We noticed very minimal errors, though we do think the voice of our tweets could have a bit more personality and recognize links. Of course, tweets with URLs are rather pointless in audio form, but that’s not a fault we can attribute to the app. In a perfect world, the app would be able to open the URL in question when prompted to do so. But, as is, Twuner is Twitter to our ears.
If you’re not totally sold on the concept, you can watch me demo the app in the video below: