Twitter may not be as popular as Facebook yet but the social media platform has grown leaps and bounds since I started using the site in September of 2006. It is through this site that I had the chance to meet people from all over the world, but the best part of joining Twitter is the loads of information that I get everyday. Imagine having so many people to talk with 24/7. This is particularly helpful for me considering the time that I also keep because of my work.
It is through this social site that I have met someone who is very passionate about tweeting and blogging, a self proclaimed Twitter-holic @mistygirlph. In one of our conversations we ended up comparing Twitter clients that we have both used in the past and thought we’d share it with you here today.
Misty: Seesmic - This is a good Twitter desktop client if you want to see your private messages, mentions, your friend’s tweets and your own Tweets too. It has a clean interface and you can customize the alerts that you want to receive. The seesmic 2 allows one to also customize the color of your background and text, making it unique to the user. What is cool about this app is that does not use too much space on your computer compared to when you download Tweetdeck. This app has a mobile counterpart too making it easier to tweet when you travel.
Marty: TweetDeck - My favorite desktop client is TweetDeck, a versatile dedicated app that offers a ton of useful features to help you tweet better. My favorite feature is the ability to set-up columns based on hashtag searches, lists or trending topics. Within each column, TweetDeck offers filtering so you can zero in on particular followers or key words. TweetDeck allows you to manage multiple Twitter accounts as well as FaceBook so you can post to all your accounts simultaneously or select individually. TweetDeck was recently bought by Twitter so it will be interesting to see what features and updates may be added.
Misty: Echofone - As a twitter-holic, being able to tweet on the go is a must for me. I have around 4 apps on my iPhone, but the one that I prefer using is Echofone. The feature that i love about this app is that it allows you to ReTweet with comments. ReTweeting the old way is still what i prefer to do as this allows more people to view the tweet. You can also scan your friend’s streams, your @replies and DMs with ease. You can be notified easily too if you opt for it in your settings for your phone.
Marty: Tweetbot - My favorite mobile client is Tweetbot, a new, very slick mobile app. I use multiple mobile apps on my iPhone but Tweetbot is my current favorite. It has all the feature you’d expect from a good mobile Twitter app: multiple accounts support, replies and direct messaging, old and new style retweeting, saved searches and list management to name a few. What I really like about this app is it’s clean, well designed interface and quick response which is particularly important in a mobile app.
Misty: Hootsuite - Since Twitter is on 24/7 and everyone is on different time zones, having a Twitter client that can help you schedule your tweets is really helpful. This is perfect for people who may not want to flood their followers with their tweets. I use Hootsuite because it helps me to schedule my tweets and also allow me to track which tweets are clicked on by the people who listen to my stream. This is really helpful in making sure that what I tweet is what majority of the people who follow me prefer to see on my updates. I like the interface, having columns allow me to track what the people I am following is discovering everyday. There is a bookmarklet too that makes it easy to schedule and shorten the urls of whatever information I want to share.
Marty: Buffer - For times you prefer to pre-schedule tweets, Buffer is a great free tool you can use to post tweets when you’re not able to be online. My favorite feature or Buffer is it’s ease of use. When you first sign-up for your account, Buffer presents you with ten pre-scheduled slots for tweets. You then simply type or paste in your text and hit enter. Links can be shorten using the built-in shortener. Buffer then automatically placed your tweet in the next available slot. You get 10 slots for free and there are paid upgrades available to add unlimited prescheduled tweets and valuable analytics tools. There are a variety of browser tools and extensions available including a bookmarklet to make scheduling tweets even easier.
Misty: Grader - Long before Klout, grader was the site that people checked out to see who the best people to follow on Twitter. It shows one the grade or influencers of people from all over the world. You can even check on a per location basis to see who the powerhouse Twitter-ers were. The downside for this site is the way they measure the influence of a person, the numbers do not make any sense and it does not really categorize in which topic the Twitter influencer is known for. I guess that is why Klout is now more preferred as it measures influence based on activity, content shared and reach and not just the number of followers. But if you prefer to just check who tweets in a particular area this site may be the best one for you.
Marty: Klout - Influence online is not all about follower counts and Klout is a great website that uses a variety of metrics to determine an over “Klout” score or influence measurement. Not just relying on follower numbers, Klout attempts to measure your online social activity, overall reach, and probability your content will be acted upon as a combined “Klout” score. Klout has also just introduced “+K” a topic based influence gauge based on user input. If another Klout user believes you are influential in a particular topic, they can vote for you. One of the fringe benefits of a good Klout score is “Klout perks.” These are special gifts from companies given to Klout influencers looking to promote their product or service. One of the gifts I received in the past year was a Sony PSP handheld gaming console. It pays to Klout!
Misty: Twitpic - I know Twitter is going to roll out a new photo sharing tool. But for the meantime, I am still using Twitpic to share photos on Twitter. Tweeting a variety of content makes Twitter a lot more fun! You can automatically tweet a photo, once you upload or if you want to just share to a few you can just copy the url and DM to your friends. People can leave a comment on your picture and this gets automatically shared on their stream too. The best feature that i love about Twitpic is it tracks the number of views on a particular picture after you send out a photo. Twitpic has a mobile app that is perfect for someone who is on the go and want to share instantly.
Marty: Instagram - Photo sharing is one of the hottest trends on Twitter today Instagram is one of the hottest photo sharing apps. The big appeal of Instagram is it’s social sharing features and it’s simple, user friendly user interface. Available as an iPhone app, Instagram allows users to take and share pictures directly from their phone. Several filters are included with the app to allow users to create cool effects with their images. People can follow your Instagram feed and you can follow others, much like Twitter. People can “like” your photos as well as post comments. You can also post directly to your Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Posterous, Tumblr and foursquare pages. Instagram is free to download and use.
BONUS Category: Music Sharing
Misty: Blip.fm - As I mentioned earlier, content you can share on Twitter can vary from cool information, pictures and now more and more users are also sharing music. My preferred way to share music is via Blip.fm Being a DJ on Twitter since January 2009 has helped me touch people who love music. I remember receiving tweets from all over saying that the music has made them dance or had them smiling on a bad day. Music is a universal language that can bring people together. Just connect your Twitter account to the site and whenever you Blip a song it automatically sends it to your stream. For your friends who have a Blip account they can either ReTweet or give you props to show appreciation for the song you shared.
Marty: Grooveshark.com - I love sharing music online and even have the habit of sending out a goodnight song most nights on Twitter and Facebook. Grooveshark allows you to share your favorite music with your online friends. The service is available via the website or dedicated desktop app. Grooveshark tends to have a better selection then other web based music sharing services I’ve tried and the sounds quality is excellent. If you want, you may follow other users and they can follow you. You can make playlists of your favorite songs and listen to any of 20+ radio stations offering a wide range of music types.
There you go. Out top 12 favorite Twitter clients. Did yours make our list? What are your favorites? Let us know.