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The Neatly Twitter client has been making a small but dedicated fanbase for a while now, though it's been available on Android for less than a year. Last week developer F16 Apps decided to pursue a new strategy, and the various versions of Neatly (Android, iOS, and Blackberry 10) are now free. The previous price on the Play Store has shifted between one and two dollars American. 

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Neatly includes most of the whiz-bang features of a modern Twitter client, but its focus is on intelligent filtering of Twitter feeds. The app can compare your Twitter history to any other user and find common interests, sort your main feed by relevance to you instead of a simple list, and group similar tweets by topic. You can even mute particular topics (say, spoiler-rich Breaking Bad discussion?) and identify them quickly with color flags. It makes Twitter a more social and quantifiable experience. The app is a bit slow on my phone, but the UI is nice and it includes a scrolling homescreen widget, which is a must-have for me (resize it to get more tweets in the same view). Unfortunately Neatly seems to lack landscape and tablet views.

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Neatly had less than 1,000 Android downloads before going free according to AppBrain, so it's not hard to see why the developers chose a more appealing price point. I haven't seen any in-app purchases or other upsells in the app itself and it doesn't look like advertising has been implemented either. Give it a try if you're burnt out on the usual timeline view. Neatly is available for all Android devices running 4.0 or later.

Source: Neatly Twitter via Mustafa Maged Sayed

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • CerealFTW

    I'll give it a try, I'm sick of seeing a single twitter account tweet like 50 tweets a minute

    • mesmorino

      Also try Plume.

  • Dan Wilczynski

    I plan on trying it, but I still swear by FalconPro

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      falcon pro is the best!!

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      I boycotted that app when the dev started doing his shennanigans to try to get around Twitter's limits.

      • Justin

        So you're angry at a developer for trying to make a marketable and usable product when twitter is the one setting completely arbitrary, archaic, and downright anticompetitive guidelines?

        • Vardan Nazaretyan

          Psssst, he uses an iPhone, so he's used to that.

        • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

          No, I'm not angry. I lost 99 cents. But as I stated above, I don't think he chose a very pro-customer approach. I'm one of his customers that he willingly screwed over.

          I've sent him multiple cordial complaints, and I've never received a response, FWIW.

          So yeah, I boycott that developer.

          • Dan Wilczynski

            Wrong on all accounts, and yes, let's begrudge ourselves over an incredible 99 cent app (which you can still use).

      • Dan Wilczynski

        Really? That caused me to support him even more. Commitment to his community of users instead of even making a profit. I don't agree with Twitter's policy on this myself.

        • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

          I don't think that's what he was doing. The issue was that the amount of tokens was reached. So, what he did was release new versions of the app that caused those tokens to expire.

          The net result is that a paying customer like me - who for whatever reason didn't get the new version of the app (I didn't realize he was going outside the Playstore at first) - were then locked out of the app, because other customers got the tokens first!

          So, as a paying user, I was prohibited from using the app, because he chose to sidestep Twitter's token limits, which were already in existence when he released the app in the first place.

          In short, I'm a paying customer, but I can't use the app, because he chose to ignore Google's and Twitter's rules.

          Note that this isn't a comment in favor of Twitter's rules. I think they're stupid rules, and I think they should eliminate them. But, they exist, and a dev chose to ignore them, screwing over some of his customers in the process.

          • Dan Wilczynski

            Not to be abrasive here, but I think you're looking at it from the wrong perspective. The dev's actions were always in order to prevent the scenario which you just described. He fought to protect his paying userbase and has successfully done so. As a paying/not paying user, right now, today, you can use FalconPro all you want. If you follow the dev on G+ or twitter or even stories here on AP you will see how to activate the app even without FaconPro keys.

            There would have been no need for his actions had Twitter's anti-3rd party rules been in place, and dev's should not be punished for having a successful/popular app. You probably got locked out of the app when he released all the keys to clear up any devices that were out of use (a good strategy in my opinion). The dev first tried to work with Twitter to get more keys before all of the other methods. I'll continue to support FalconPro because of his perseverance and dedication to his user base.

    • Kareem

      I have never used twitter so much until I found out about FalconPro, now I am addicted.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    Yes push notifications?

  • Alter

    I hope this developer has the foresight not to be surprised if his app reaches the token limit.