Fluttr is one of the supposed trinity of upcoming Twitter applications: Twiba, Chalk, and Fluttr. However, Fluttr is unique in the fact that it was made by 3 twitter addicts under 17, the oldest being 16, and the lead programmer being a mere 13 years of age. But this is no NailDodger. This is a full fledged, Twitter application, complete with the newest of Twitter features, like Lists and API Retweets. Fluttr was created by IntelligentMonkey, who is Tan E-Liang, John Costa, and Branden Flasch. Graphics were done by Ammaar Reshi (who you may recall from NailDodger), Richard B (misecia), and Josh (appsanity). I have also received word that main menu items were drawn by they were done by Manolo Savi. Fluttr is quite feature-rich. With customizable wallpapers, daily and weekly trends, multiple accounts, and lists, Fluttr has most everything you can ask from a Twitter client (feature wise.) While lists don't have the ability to be edited like in Tweetie, they can be viewed just fine. The interesting and most unique thing about Fluttr is its menu system. Rather than opting for a traditional tab bar interface, Fluttr presents a main menu complete with the following options: Timeline, Mentions, Messages, Favorites, Compose, and Lists. From here, you can access most everything you want to. At the bottom of the menu is a custom UI element which is actually quite cool: the shelf. The shelf pops up from the bottom much like an action sheet, with options to go to a username, search, view trends, and add an account. The 'Add an Account' view also changes Settings. I do wish that you could go straight to your own account from the shelf, but this can also be done by tapping the blue arrow next to your account name on the Accounts view. From the dashingly stylish accounts view, you can check following and followers lists, updates, lists, replies, send replies, and send direct messages. Upon tapping the 'info' button in the top right corner of the navigation bar allows you to follow a user, see their description, and website. There is a minor issue in that the user can supposedly not follow themselves in this view. Tweeting in Fluttr is also more of a joy than I expected, with the ability to play the currently playing song, turn off autocorrection, shorten URLs, and upload images. It then finishes off with a very slick animation, much like that of Icy. There are a few pitfalls though. The currently playing song button is not removed from the UI when nothing is playing, and drafts are not saved. Please Register or Log in to view imagesPlease Register or Log in to view images It may just be my internet connection and iPod, but it seems as if everything is a bit slow on Fluttr. There seems to be considerable lag when switching from view to view and in loading tweets. However, this might just be me, so don't rely on this 'slow' verdict on whether or not you purchase this. Graphically, Fluttr is a complete mess. With three different creators arguing for creative control over three (or four) designers, I can see how this got as convoluted as it did. Despite the involvement of acclaimed graphic designer misecia, Fluttr is inconsistent, and at times, downright ugly. This is likely attributed to the usage of two very amateur graphic designers after the departure of misecia, as he reportedly could not stand working with the boys from IntelligentMonkey anymore. 5 of the 7 built in wallpapers, which turned out to all be by appsanity, are vomit inducing. For something that appears in every view, you'd think that it would look relatively attractive. In addition, the main menu's button system is jagged and uses very juvenile glyphs. There were several instances in which Marker Felt was used as a font, whereas the rest of the application uses Helvetica. While most of the application uses custom user interface items, the tweet feed uses standard fugly white UIButtons for the Refresh and Load More Buttons. The status bar is semi-transparent, which reveals the wallpaper as only going halfway through the distances of the status bar, showing an unsightly black gap. The Default.png also shows the default wallpaper on the main menu. If you've changed your wallpaper, this does not look good. I also don't like the 'Chat Bubble' look, but that's just a personal preference. This is not to say that Fluttr is deathly ugly. Most of misecia's input was fantastic, from the main UI elements, to some of the glyphs, to the tweet view list, everything is meticulously drawn to a perfection. It looks like he knew where he wanted this application to go, before it was steered in the wrong direction (away from him.) Ammaar Reshi provided a clean and relaxing light wood wallpaper, which is another graphically bright spot. I might even say that Fluttr is refreshingly clean at times. At $3.99, Fluttr should be better than Tweetie, winner of an Apple Design Award with worldwide acclaim and usage. It doesn't come close. While this is probably the actual value of the application, the driving down of App Store prices has made it seem as if Fluttr's price is wholly out of proportion. It's my opinion that it is not, but that you could get a much better client for a dollar less. That said, it couldn't hurt to try Fluttr. These guys tried very, very hard. The vast majority of Fluttr was coded by Tan E-Liang with the other John and Branden doing small bits of coding, graphics, and customer service. This is an incredible feat to build a full fledged Twitter client at such a ripe young age, and I absolutely respect them for that. However, this great accomplishment does not outshine its remarkable flaws in usage and graphic design, which sadly bring this becoming client down. I want to love Fluttr, as I've been suggesting things to these guys from the (almost) very beginning of their development cycle, when they had a slide to tweet mechanism in place. But I can't. My obsessive need for an orgasmic graphical experience and a sensible user interface has plunged my attempted love for Fluttr to the nether regions. Try it. It won't be the worst Twitter client you can get, and it's certainly no ChillTwit, but it's no Twitterrific or Tweetie either. I'll let you draw your own conclusions. Video Demonstration Fluttr on Twitter IntelligentMonkey on Twitter Fluttr Online Fluttr on iTunes Features: 5/5. Fluttr is full of features. GUI: 1.5/5. While mostly graphically messy and inconsistent, Fluttr has some remarkably beautiful and unique views as well. Reuse Value: 3/5. It all depends on how much you love Twitter. I love Twitter. Value for Money: 2.5/5. While probably a good measure of how much it is really worth, Tweetie is a dollar less. Overall: 3/5. Fair.