Twitter for iPhone’ vs. ‘Twitter for Android’ stop berating people for it, here’s why

I never noticed this until recently, but people are REALLY capricious about the devices you use to tweet on Twitter, ABOVE ALL if you work for specific companies.

To make it very clear from the start, my primary phone is an iPhone. However, I have used Android devices for many years of my life. Do you remember the days when you had to be listed in order to get the first OnePlus phone? I was lucky to get one and was able to get the phone. It was one of the favorite devices I have ever used. Since then, I’ve played around with different devices and started using the OnePlus 7 again and was obsessed with the pop-up camera.

But alas, somehow the fact that I use an iPhone and that too as my primary device apparently triggered a lot of people. A little over a month ago, I wrote an article about how Apple likes to announce “innovative” and new features that Android phones or watches have been using for years. When the article was published, I tweeted it, and lo and behold, someone took a screenshot and circled “Twitter for iPhone.” The person who tweeted the screenshot posted on Twitter, “android central editor…uses an iPhone,” and attached a laughing crying emoji.

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This didn’t upset me, as I was reprimanded numerous times, but it did make me think about whether or not doing this lessens my credibility for what I write.

Now, in general, I write about a lot of different things, and normally I don’t write opinion pieces. Most of my articles are fact based and I get help from many different analysts to help me understand different concepts so that when you read my articles you will understand what the consumer tech industry is all about.

So I asked a few people to help me piece together my thinking about Why people are being chastised for doing this on Twitter.

Michael Fisher, YouTuber known as theMrMobile, says it depends, but part of the reason someone like me got scolded is because of an Android Central website’s niche.

“If you’re writing for a ‘fan site’ that has historically championed one ecosystem over another (a site that has benefited from and sometimes fueled the tribalism that reinforces that kind of ‘us versus them’ mentality), then that’s certainly the case. I’m not surprised that the public is reacting to a perceived “betrayal” of that allegiance. I mean the place is still called Android Centralright?”

To its credit, yes, Android Central started out as a blog that champions Android products and everything in the Android ecosystem. But since then, it has grown into a reputable site that has credible articles with reviews from trusted sources.

So does that mean we need to make sure we have both phones handy so that when we write reviews, articles, and content, we know what we’re talking about?

Jacklyn Dallas, YouTuber known as NothingButTech, says having both phones is key to getting the right perspective when writing in this industry.

“I actually use two phones and have two primary numbers – one for an Android device and one for an iPhone. I think in the US iMessage and FaceTime are such socially crucial features that having an iPhone is important, but apart from that, I also use both because I want to make sure I’m up to date!” she says.

Virtue signaling played a huge role here, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Pixel 7 Pro with trees in the background

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The thing is, when you attach to a brand, you attach to that whole ecosystem. And there is nothing wrong with that. I will be the first to say it.

Dallas notes that attachment also stems from the amount of money people have invested in an ecosystem.

“They have the feeling of being part of the community and that their choice is part of their identity that must be defended,” she notes.

But Carmi Levy, a technology analyst and commentator, says that because of the virtue signal, society has become endemic.

“I think virtue signage around the technological devices we use has become just as prevalent as the jeans or boots we wore as teenagers. and today – whether someone is judged by others based on what they wear or don’t wear, the sad reality of modern life means that we are perceived by others, at least in part by brands that we choose to wear. associate with.

“I have always found the relentless pursuit of fashion and brand image a huge waste of time, money and energy, but my opinion makes little sense in a world where individuals are always judged by the logo on the back of their device,” he says.

And that goes as far as the color of our speech bubbles. Are you a blue bubble or are you green?

But how many times have you heard a sarcastic comment from an iPhone user about receiving a green text bubble? This doesn’t even apply to Android phones because no matter what message they get, it’s always a green bubble. So really, does it matter? Because it is not.

And Levy agrees. “No one should care what brand we wear, use or tweet.”

But alas, and when Levy told me this, I heaved a deep sigh: “But we don’t live in an ideal world, and consumer tastes continue to be dictated by the perceived value of particular brands – and our mistaken belief that we get better by somehow associating with them.

Journalism vs Public Relations

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It is important to note that it really also depends on WHAT you do in this industry, says Levy.

He says that if you’re a regular person using your phone for regular personal activities, “it doesn’t matter if you’re using an Android, an iPhone, or even an old BlackBerry.”

However, if you get paid to promote one of these products, that’s a different story, he notes.

“If so, you will need to be careful how you use said technology while engaging in said promotion,” Levy adds.

As journalists, which Android Central reporters are, we hold ourselves to high journalistic standards. We don’t get paid to promote a product and we provide honest product reviews.

But if you work in public relations, the case might be a little different.

“If you are in a public relations, advertising or marketing agency and your job is to represent a specific product on behalf of a client, you are professionally responsible for ensuring that your behaviors during the representation of said product are consistent with your message. In other words, if you get paid to promote an iPad, you better not be caught tweeting from an Android phone or tablet,” he said.

And surprise surprise, we know this has happened before with Google.

The company was caught tweeting from an iPhone. In an Oct. 19 Tweet, the company tweeted, “Hmmmm Okay, I See You. #TakeNote @NBA fans… #TeamPixel is here to bring you closer to your favorite team – tell us yours and we may be able to make your NBA Tip-Off even better.

This tweet was made on “Twitter for iPhone”.

The image is a tweet from when Google accidentally tweeted from an iPhone while promoting a Pixel device

(Image credit: Twitter/ @ianzelbo)

Fisher says if you’re working in-house for a company, gaffes like these shouldn’t happen.

And I would agree.

“Are they inside PR, employed by an Android phone maker? Well, that’s a bit different – especially if it’s a maker that makes a lot of noise about how different it is. or better than Apple. In that case, yes, I think “sent from iPhone” is a pretty embarrassing combination of negligence and hypocrisy.

“This only reinforces the cynicism shared by many people that anyone representing a brand (whether as a PR representative or a paid spokesperson) is just there for the money, only when they go offstage or off the clock, they dump their OnePlus or Motorola in a drawer and go back to the iPhone. It sucks,” he says.

So what’s the perspective here?

Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro review

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How do we help people understand that it’s okay to have different devices and be part of different ecosystems in this industry? This is the biggest question I had throughout this article. What does this perspective look like?

Going back to what Fisher says, it’s about understanding that “carrying an iPhone at least some of the time is an essential part of the job, for those who want to cover the entire mobile landscape. Like it or not, the iPhone informs all mobile products. It’s irresponsible to ignore it. I used to go back to the iPhone/Apple Watch for a week every quarter just to stay up to date on the platform,” he says.

Here is that perspective. Almost everyone in my immediate family uses an Android device, I have several at home, and I think it’s really important that you know both sides of the camp when writing articles.

And more importantly, it shouldn’t matter to those who work in media, as they need to fully understand the need to use different devices from different vendors.

Levy notes, “It’s the only way to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of a given product or solution, and to be able to legitimately talk and write about them in a balanced and professional manner.

But what I think about the most is that we’ve paid too much attention to technology, fashion and society in general over brands and logos.

Something Levy said really made me feel what we should all be feeling, and what I thought about a lot:

“Our world would be a less jealous, less controversial, and more peaceful place if we spent less time worrying about what others think of us because of what we wear, use, drive, or otherwise buy. We would also do well to stop focusing on what device someone is using when posting to a social media account It really shouldn’t matter – yet human nature being as imperfect as it is, it does always do stubbornly.

“In technology, it’s the same thing: we use these tools to lead relevant and useful lives in the digital age. What we use shouldn’t matter as much as what we choose to produce with them. . The logo is irrelevant. Our designs, and the impact they have, are all that should matter.”

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