Are you bored with the way that Twitter.com displays your timeline, or maybe you’re just looking for an easy way to better organize your tweets? If so, you’ll definitely love TwitLamp. It’s a free Web app for Twitter that organizes your timeline and makes your tweets easier and more fun to read.
Let’s take a closer look.
First, you’ll need to sign into TwitLamp with your Twitter account via OAuth. Once you do that, you’ll be directed back to TwitLamp, where you’ll now see your Twitter timeline in a whole new way.
TwitLamp divides your timeline up into six different sections: photos, videos, audio, links, text, and hashtags. You’ll see the number of tweets for each section next to its header in the timeline navigation bar.
The layout is grid-based and includes all the important details like the tweeter’s name, the time the tweet was posted, the source (i.e. an image from Instagram), and more. You can also change the view of the Photo tweets; you can choose to fit the images to each box, or use the original dimensions option. You’ll see this at the right side of the timeline navigation bar. There’s not a huge different, but if the extra whitespace around some of the images bother you, then you’ll probably want to use the “fit images to box” option.
You can also interact with each tweet just as you would on Twitter. You can reply, view the actual tweet on Twitter, retweet, and add to your favorites.
When you click on an image or video, you’ll get to see a larger view of it. TwitLamp will then turn into a gallery, and you’ll notice a few extra buttons at the top of the page – this is my favorite feature. You’ll be able to navigate back and forth between images and videos, and you can even click on “play” to view them as a slideshow; this is a really cool. For some images you can even toggle the size (if they’re extra-large and you want to see the full-size version).
I like that TwitLamp also gives you a beautiful view of your own tweets, via your TwitLamp profile page. Just click on “Me” in the top navigation bar and you’ll see all of your tweets divided into the same six sections. You’ll also see your total number of tweets, following, and followers – just like on Twitter.com.
The one thing I noticed about my profile page is that at first it’s loads slow and becomes choppy when trying to scroll. I guess it is maybe because of all the images that have to load.
Even though TwitLamp is mainly used as a new, fun way to view your Twitter timeline, there are a few other features that you’ll want to know about.
TwitLamp does come with limitations that may annoy some users. For instance, with a free account you can only update your timeline every 2 minutes up to 7 times, after that you will have to wait 20 minutes to refresh the timeline. Plus, you can only use the search feature up to 5 times within a 24-hour period; oh and you can only browser up to 5 profile pages within a 24-hour period as well. If you want unlimited everything, it will cost you $7/month.
These limitations were the main thing to turn me away from TwitLamp over a week ago, but I decided to give it another try since it seems like a really useful tool. I do love the features of TwitLamp and the fact that I can browse through all the photos, videos, links, etc in my timeline in half the time. TwitLamp definitely makes reading the timeline more fun, and it’s pretty stylish too.
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.