The Five Best Twitter Clients

by Karthik on June 2, 2008 · 18 comments

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As Twitter continues to explode at a rate faster than any other web2.0 app that we’ve ever seen. The reason why Twitter has done so well because of the simple API that Twitter has and the number of apps that have been built on it. I thought with the growing popularity of Twitter it would be a nice idea to showcase some of the best clients for Twitter that have actually outdone Twitter itself.

Here they are in what I feel is the best order. From the worst of the best to the best of the best Twitter apps that rule the world. Read on….

twitteroo 

Yes Twitteroo was the first Twitter client I used on my Windows Box. Its got a beautiful interface and is fun to use. The buttons and other options are easily accessible and replying to tweets is pretty easy. Overall I’d give Twitteroo a 3.5/5. Wondering why? Read the pros and cons

Pros

  • A User friendly interface.
  • Good features.

Cons

  • A Memory Hog, eats up RAM like all the RAM is for itself.
  • Windows Only.

 

snitter 

Snitter was one of the first Twitter clients to run on Adobe AIR platform. Developed by designer genius Jonathan Snook, Snitter has one of the best UI’s I’ve come across in a Twitter client. As usual nothing out of the ordinary in terms of features, but Snitter definitely beats Twitteroo in UI and accessibility.

Pros

  • Awesome Adobe AIR interface.
  • Fun to use, variety of skins and skinnable via CSS as well.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.

Cons

  • Keyboard Shortcuts not so obvious.
  • Switching streams from drop down menu is not so Web2ish.. :(

 

twitterrific 

Twitterrific is the original Twitter client for MacOSX. Its stood the test of time with all the competing clients that run on Adobe AIR. Has a super sexy UI that will instantly make you fall in love with it. Runs super fast and is the least buggy of all the clients mentioned as yet.

Pros

  • Super Sexy Interface.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts.

Cons

  • Mac OSX Only.

 

twirhl 

While the picture I’ve uploaded here for Twhirl is the smallest yet, let me assure its no small client. A lot of people I know swear by Twhirl. With nifty features like Friendfeed integration and a sexy UI, Twhirl is your best bet if you are looking for a Twitter client. But we’re still on Number 4, so there is one more to go.

Pros

  • Friendfeed Integration.
  • A Clean and well laid out UI.

Cons

  • Absence of Direct replies within the client
  • Quite a memory hog.

 

And now is the time for the best of the best

spaz

Spaz is a great-looking Twitter client, and to my eyes its the best of this bunch. I think it has the best interface, with tabs for your timeline, direct messages and replies, as well as access to your list of followers and profile information.

Pros

  • Lovely gorgeous interface.
  • Highly Skinnable via CSS.

Cons

  • A Little Buggy.
  • No Keyboard Shortcuts.

Well that completes it. All these Twitter clients make the Twitter experience completely enjoyable and addictive. Other notable mentions would be Hahlo, twitbin, Twitterfox, Digsby.

What do you think of these Twitter clients? Let us know in the comments.

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Brendan June 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Actually, twhirl does have direct message support (has done so for some time).

The latest build also uses a lot less ram (more of an Adobe Air issue).

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Andrew June 2, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Oh, man — you can’t leave out Twitterbar. It’s a Firefox plugin that lets you post tweets from your address bar, no separate client needed!

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Mike Ryan June 2, 2008 at 9:12 pm

I was reading through this thinking, “Man, he better mention Digsby at least once” :)

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Karthik Kastury June 2, 2008 at 9:40 pm

@Mike, How could I forget, after all its my favorite IM client.

@Brendan, Thanks for the info. The last time I tried it, the feature didn’t exist though.

@Andrew, Will check out Twitterbar. Thanks for the heads up.

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Rajeev Edmonds June 3, 2008 at 1:50 pm

twhirl does have direct message support, in newer versions. Now it’s more compact with sleek interface. I use twhirl for my tweets.

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Ed Finkler June 4, 2008 at 8:27 am

Thanks for the kind words about Spaz. It actually *does* have keyboard shortcut support. Check the help for a full list.

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Manish June 11, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Spaz crashed a lot on my Windows XP SP2, At present am using twhirl and I bet its the best standalone app twiiter client.

I also use TwitterFox and it is very small, started with it and then moved to twhirl. The only problem with TwitterFox is that you need to keep Firefox running even when you dont to keep it open.

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Gouthaman May 10, 2010 at 1:15 am

Nice List. My Favorite is TweetDeck and I use it both for Twitter and Facebook.

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Gouthaman May 10, 2010 at 1:15 am

Nice List. My Favorite is TweetDeck and I use it both for Twitter and Facebook.

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