There are hundreds of Twitter clients out there – these are just my favorites in no certain order. The best Twitter clients facilitate the meshing of all of your social media accounts onto one desktop, web or mobile dashboard.
The service itself offers a wide range of tools for spreading your words all over the internet and following and forwarding other people’s words. While it doesn’t offer some of the aggregation effects of the other clients mentioned here, Twitter is its own Twitter client.
Mobile applications are very popular within the Twitter framework – you can write, post, receive, follow and forward messages all from the Twitter application you can install on your mobile device.
There is an awkward thing about using Twitter as a client – you can’t post videos or images directly. You have to go through a third-party site such as Flickr, TwitPic, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitvid and more. Plenty of third-party sites play ball with Twitter, but Twitter doesn’t actually host the image or video content. It’s just a matter of an extra step.
This one lets you easily share links across the entire face of your social media network right from your desktop. HootSuite supports all of the following social networks:
- Facebook Pages
- WordPress.com (except for self-hosted WordPress blogs)
There are two levels of membership: basic and pro. The basic account is very limited, but free. The pro version actually has four tiers of pricing and features and the ultimate Enterprise tier – something for everybody. Mobile versions are available at a low cost for iPhone and Android.
At the pro level, the amount of social networks you can aggregate to this client is unlimited. You can also have unlimited amounts of RSS feeds, bulk scheduling, unlimited stats history and you can integrate with content metric tools such as Google Analytics and Facebook Insights.
HootSuite also supports the iPad – so you can run all of your social networking on-the-go, yet still have the functionality of a desktop client.
You can’t delete Facebook status updates or comments from HootSuite, but as far as I can tell, this is really the only drawback to this service.
TweetDeck is popular for a reason – there is a client for so many platforms and it will feed you your Twitter messages, Facebook messages, RSS feeds, foursquare, Google Buzz, LinkedIn (even MySpace) – everything personal and professional is covered by TweetDeck on one impressive dashboard.
Available for desktop, iPhone and iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Chrome, TweetDeck is streamlined and easy to use. You can have as many as five columns on your dashboard or fewer if you like. There’s a trending column that can show you the Twitter trends for the day all over the world or close to home.
You can upload and share images to your Twitter via TweetDeck using TwitPic, yfrog, Plixi, Posterous or Mobypicture. You can share and create videos using TweetDeck’s 12seconds.TV.
TweetDeck is free to download.
What is your favorite?
Again, there are hundreds of Twitter clients out there; each does roughly the same thing – helps you interface with Twitter. But plenty of internet users like their customization and the client market definitely speaks to that. Some users want an uncomplicated way to just send and receive Tweets from their phones, others desire a complex interface with several different platforms to help manage their social online lives.
What is your favorite Twitter client and why?
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