This week I’d like to discuss some of the more popular Twitter clients for your computer. Many of us are focused on sifting through our Twitter feeds on our mobile devices so I think we can forget the difference a desktop environment has to offer.
Let’s start off with the native Twitter application available on the Mac App store and the Internet for PC’s.
The native Twitter app mirrors the web-based version of Twitter.com – it has basic functionality allowing its users to easily navigate through tweets, , etc. This application isn’t what I’d recommend for heavy-duty users. Whether that be for a personal or business account, if you tweet more than a few times a day, this probably isn’t for you. I should mention that Twitter on the Mac App store was getting so little usage Twitter has officially announced they are killing future updates for the application.
Next up, Tweetdeck:
Tweetdeck recently received a comprehensive UI update making it much more pleasing to the eye. Tweetdeck immediately gives its users a powerful sense of productivity when it’s first opened. It’s structured in a column-style view allowing users to navigate through different ‘lists’ simultaneously. This can range from your Twitter timeline/news feed, your mentions, favourite searches, lists, etc. It also allows users to quickly and easily choose which Twitter account to post from – an invaluable feature for those of us managing client feeds in addition to our own.
I’ll be honest and say I don’t have a lot of experience with Hootsuite. But I do know what most people use it for: scheduled tweets. Yeah. You see the brand/user recycling their own content from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.? It’s probably Hootsuite, or another tweet-scheduling service. I’m actually an advocate for scheduling tweets – with discretion. Hootsuite also has the ability to integrate your Facebook feed and other social networks into one unified or separate feed(s).
Tweetbot: My favourite
Tweetbot made its name in iOS. It has absolutely fantastic iPad and iPhone apps. The UI is just pristine. It was recently brought to the Mac App store. Tweetbot supports multi-account users, allowing you to seamlessly switch accounts without much of a hassle. It has a customizable UI, allowing users to add different columns depending on their preferences. It should really be noted that all of these apps are free, minus Tweetbot, which comes with a hefty price tag, explained here by The Verge.
That’s it for me this week, folks. What Twitter client do you use? Do you prefer it on a mobile device, or on a computer?