Top Twitter clients for Windows and Mac

While stats show that most people use ‘Twitter.com’ or twitter web to post and view tweets, its always good to have a native twitter client. I have found two clients to be the best for Desktop PCs( even though there are many available):

1. ECHOFON: This is a popular client on mac and their firefox add-on is also very good. Recently, they released their Windows version as well. It is a simple-looking yet powerful client which has an easy to use interface.

Pros:

  • View user profiles quickly without leaving the client( very useful if you are on a slow connection)
  • Very fast
  • Inline photo previews.
  • Syncs with the Echofon app on iPhone (you last read tweet is marked and synced).
  • Filter tweets.

Cons:

  • Lists cannot be managed
  • Not many options for Photo upload services.

2. METRO TWIT: The Metro-app from Australia is now more robust and is still as beautifully designed as it ever was. It has always been touted as the Tweetdeck that’s dressed in Metro UI, but its only in version 1.0 now that it lives up to that reputation… And more.

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Visually rich
  • Inline image-previews
  • Fairly customizable
  • Easy to use
  • Undo tweets

Cons:

  • UI is busy at times
  • No thumbnail previews for images ( you can view them inside the app though).

Read my review of Metro Twit here: Metro twit full review

3. TWEETDECK: It is one of the most powerful clients for twitter. There ‘were’ tons of features but the latest version by Twitter themselves has annoyed users at large. Still, its unique interface which provides multi-column view is a feature which not many clients provide. Other than that, tweets can be scheduled and, facebook accounts can also be added.

Pros:

  • Highly customizable.
  • Multiple columns
  • Facebook support
  • Scheduling
  • Snappy interface

Cons

  • Many features like tweet longer and support for other social sites removed in new version
  • No inline photo views. (Update: The newer version released in Mar ’12 brings inline media support).

Some other noteworthy clients:

Echofon and Tweetdeck are very good clients, but there are some other options as well which are worth a mention.

  1. Destroy twittter : don’t go by the name! Its much better than that.
  2. Seesmic Desktop : Similar to tweetdeck in terms of features, but is sluggish.

Even though these are good in their own ways, they have way too many cons when compared to the positive points. Thus, according to me they are not up-to the mark when it comes to using them as primary clients.

Final words: Between Tweetdeck ,Echofon and MetroTwit, I would go for Echofon. But fans of the multi-column view will be more than pleased with MetroTwit and Tweetdeck. Go ahead and try all of them.

And again, thanks for reading this post.

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  1. Metro Twit: the twitter app for windows that is visually rich and delightful to use « shankness TechBlog

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