When I was new to twitter, I had no idea what I was doing — as is the case for most people when they first sign up. After I started following a few people I noticed all the different applications their Tweets were coming from: Twhirl, TweetDeck, Twittelator, Twitterific, PowerTwitter, TwitterFon, the list goes on. How do you sort through all of them and find the right application to use? Is any one of them better than the others? After trying nearly everything, I have a few ideas as to how to find the right Twitter app to suit your needs.
What’s the difference?
Web: probably the most widely used application Twitter is through the simple web interface at Twitter.com. Upsides: simple, clean, and easy to use. Downsides: crappy link shortening, so you have to go shorten links somewhere else; can’t see @ mentions of you; can’t easily retweet; and if you follow lots of people it’s easy for tweets to get missed.
PowerTwitter:PowerTwitter is a Firefox add-on that allows you to still use the web interface, but had additional features such as including Facebook status updates, allows you to see all @mentions, allows easy searches, photos, easy link shortening. Upsides: includes a lot of the features that the web interface misses. Downside: still have to go totwitter.comin your browser to use it.
Twhirl:Twhirl is one of the most popular desktop clients for Twitter, and has a running stream of Tweets that updates every few minutes so you never miss a thing. Upsides: constantly updating stream, catches all @replies. Downsides: no groups or other advanced features; pretty functional.
TweetDeck:TweetDeck is another one of the most popular desktop clients for Twitter. The main function that distinguishes TweetDeck is its ability to let you create groups and add your favorite Tweeters to these groups. Downside: clunky, large, takes up whole screen; often takes a while to update DMs. Upside: easy organization of groups, can incorporate facebook statuses, catches all @mentions