WARNING: This is not a T-Shirt post! It’s a solution to a problem that I have taken months to solve and thought I’d share it here so that people searching Google for a solution to the same problem can now find one.
I consider myself a Twitter power user, I use the service a lot and I love it! One of the best things about Twitter are the clients that you can use when you’re away from your browser, like when you’re on the go and only have your iPhone. I’ve tried many a Twitter apps for the iPhone. Up until last week I mainly used a combination of Twitterrific and Twittelator. On the desktop side of things I’ve been using Tweetie for Mac for months.
The ONLY reason why I have not installed Tweetie on the iPhone up until a week ago was due to aesthetics. I have been miffed by the fact that the avatar (little icon associated with Â your account)/Twitter profile image for my @cotygonzales account does not appear in the Tweetie application, whereas the profile image for my @CallMeThirsty account does appear within the application. The missing profile image issue has been a problem for a while now amongst Tweetie users. The folks over at Tweetie blame Twitter for cache-ing images for a lengthy time.
Nonetheless, I decided to give the Tweetie app a try a week ago. I installed the app and guess what, my profile image for my @cotygonzales account was missing, while my profile imageÂ for my other account was present. No surprise there. The app worked great, awesome in fact – but this little aesthetic mishap left me feeling sad.
A Google search brought up a few solutions: 1. replace my Twitter profile image by uploading a new one, 2. wait a few weeks for Twitter to cache your new image, 3. uninstall Tweetie and reinstall on the Mac/iPhone. I had tried solutions 1 and 2 a few months ago when trying to find a solution for my Tweetie Mac client. Neither worked. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of uninstalled and reinstalled Tweeting on my iPhone (the solution didn’t fix the missing profile image when done on the Mac client).
So the solution? Ironically, I found a solution that worked for me by doing a quick Twitter Search. It was a pretty simple fix. All you need to do is:
1. Click on your existing profile image within Twitter in your browser.
2. Now you should see the larger version of your image. Save that image to your desktop.
3. Delete your existing profile image on Twitter.
4. Re-upload the exact same image that you just downloaded from Twitter (I changed the file name before I uploaded).
5. Wait. I waited about 2 hours.
6. Twitter profile image mystically appears in Tweetie on both the Mac client on the on the iPhone App.
This solution is so odd to me since I ‘ve tried on many occasions to just upload a new image and it never worked. But somehow, when you download your existing image and then re-upload that, it works (for me it did anyways).
Now that this solution fixed the problem of the missing profile image, I can officially say that I totally love this iPhone app! The ability to have multiple accounts is a huge plus and the user interface is just straight up sexy as hell and so very intuitive.
This was the solution that worked for me. Hopefully it works for you. If not, let’s hope that Tweetie finds some kind of workout for future releases. Good luck fellow Twitter users!
And just so you T-Shirt fans don’t feel left out, here’s a shirt that fits right in there with the topic we just discussed. It’s the “You Don’t Know Me” Anonymous Twitter Shirt and it features the the default Twitter profile icon given to users who haven’t uploaded their own picture. Pick one up now for the cheap price of $9.99.