Chapter 13. Twitter UI Design

Because so many Twitter clients already exist on iOS, there are already a number of design paradigms out there that you should be aware of when you create your app.

This section will discuss the visual, navigational, and interactional paradigms that we believe you should avoid, revise, or pay homage to.

Usability Priorities

If you're going to design a Twitter API project with an adequate user experience, you should get your priorities on paper first. For most Twitter API projects, this means putting the most time and energy into the following:

  • Loading and scrolling: What is today the official Twitter app for iOS began as Tweetie, a one-man project devoted to one key feature: fast-scrolling Tweets. Since Tweets are a centerpiece ...

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