Slices brings simple discovery and category-based lists to Twitter

slices makes twitter readable explore androidThe last thing we need is another Twitter app repackaging the official app’s functionality (even the developers at Twitter agree with us). But new features are all too welcome, which is why we stumbled all over ourselves to get our hands on Slices, a new Twitter app for Android and iOS by the folks behind TweetCaster. 

Slices breaks your timeline into, well, “Slices.” Each “Slice” pertains to a certain category of users that you follow. For instance, my own timeline includes a lot of celebrities, musicians, and technology types so Slices created different sections of my timeline to reflect that. If you’re familiar with Twitter, it’s very similar to the Lists feature, except that it’s automated and about 100 times easier to use. We’ve always felt that creating lists in Twitter too closely resembled a waking nightmare.

And if you are looking for more people to follow, Slices streamlines that process as well. The Explore tab is actually one of the more compelling features of the app. It reminded us of a news aggregator similar to Flipboard or Pulse, separating users you don’t already follow into clear categories like News, Local, Celebs, Music, Tech & Science, etc. From there, you can pick between the featured users in the category or flip through all users in the list. It’s incredibly simple and, again, vastly improves on Twitter’s own offerings.

Following live events and trending topics with Slices is a joy as well. Under the Explore tab there are two headings named, quite obviously, Trending and Live Events. Inside Trending you are able to drill down into country-specific topics and even further to city-specific ones. Below Live Events is a list that currently includes the 2012 Summer Games and Baseball. Selecting an event opens a new timeline revolving around — in our case — the Olympics in London.

Slices is surely a gamble, especially after Twitter’s very public statement about presenting a consistent user experience, but we can see the appeal for a broader audience. We’re already addicted to Twitter, so Slices simply made our experience a bit easier. However, to a new user, Slices could mean the difference between drowning in confusion and coming up on top with a timeline full of people relevant to their individual tastes.

Have you tried Slices? What do you think? Would you consider using it over the official client?