Condense Twitter Timelines With Fynch

Fynch for Android

There are dozens of Twitter clients on the market now that perform much of the same functionality. A new client add on, Fynch stands out from the crowd by promising to deliver your timeline in a more intelligent way.

Fynch uses data mining to identify and notify you of interesting patterns of activity within your timeline. It is intended to be a tool to help decompose the timeline into smaller consumable pieces of information affectionately called a Fynch. Currently, there are three types of Fynch based on long intervals, short intervals and trending topics. Fynch takes this further by using machine learning to identify patterns your interested in by analysing your responses to the content it delivers. For example if you like viewing trending topics for a given users over high frequency fynches all you have to do is click on the former and ignore the latter. Fynch will quickly learn what you are interested in and adjust the content served to you.


Quick Walk Through

On starting Fynch for the first time you are required to authorise Fynch to use your twitter account. After authorisation is complete the Fynch timeline is then shown with four example messages. Just don’t get too excited as the categorisation is delivered in realtime so it’s maybe better to install the app at breakfast or lunch and wait a few hours for it to populate. Also worth noting is that Fynch is a 3rd party client requiring the official twitter app to be installed (which you’ll need to do). This may be a measure by the developer to circumvent the token limit Twitter implement last year limiting how many accesses clients can make (preventing any dominant client). Falcon Pro ran into such problems a few weeks ago requiring them to withdraw their app at that time.

On revisiting a few hours later your Fynch timeline should now be populated with the digested tweets of the day so far sorted into the categories above. Of course, this maybe faster or slower depending on how many people you are following. Fynches grouped by topic appear first, when a person has several tweets with the same hashtag they are grouped together. High frequency tweets appear next, again grouped together. Lastly should a person tweet after a long absence you will be notified. Each Fynch has a few stats displaying the person followed, number of tweets and last update.

Twitter actions such as tweets, retweets and replies are not handled by Fynch directly. This is where the official twitter app is required, however the transaction between the two is smooth enough. I’m sure this was a deliberate choice by the developer given the Twitter client limits mentioned above. A few settings are also available to control notifications and Fynch refresh rate and sensitivity.

In day to day use Fynch provides a excellent resource for those suffering from Twitter timeline overpopulation. If you following hundreds or people (or more) having tweets instantly summarised in this way is very convient and may save your eye sight should you be using the new Samsung S4. Fynch is available for free (ad supported) on Google Play.


Dave Redpath

Dave has been passionate about apps before the term was even coined. He dreamt of a day all his photos could be organised onto one thin fondle slab and of weekends holidaying on Mars. One dream came true! While not scouring the web for the latest apps he develops with Android, Unity3d and Sencha Touch.

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