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2 Twitter Clients, Which is Right for You?

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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I’ve recently written about Twitter…here.

The elegance and beauty of an application like Twitter can be directly tracked to its API . Application Programming Interface, or API, are a set of rules for OTHER programs or applications to use Twitter (or any other application with an API) in unique and different ways.

Some developers use Twitters API as a way of displaying all the info coming from Twitter (tweets, hashtags, trending info) in different ways. Other developers use the API to use Twitter info in new ways – such as an application that will show Twitter users who you are following that are not following you back.

With this open API, developers have released Twitter “clients” of all sorts and flavors – enabling easy reading and organization of all the “tweets” that come your way. The people, bloggers and brands that you follow on Twitter can be displayed in a very orderly way if you use a desktop client, and you’ll be able to see a lot of info in one place.

There are Twitter clients for your desktop, native clients for Windows/Mac (programs written specifically for your operating system), clients for your phones and mobile devices, and the list goes on.

Let’s take a look at  two Twitter clients, TweetDeck and Seesmic Look, that I’d like to compare for you – mainly due to their striking differences! Each of these Twitter clients are remarkably good at what they do.

Let’s start with TweetDeck!

TweetDeck is an organizers dream. You’ll find it remarkably compact – everything in one place.

Create columns for each of your Twitter accounts, or you can create columns for DM’s (direct messages), mentions and your own tweets – customize it to your liking! You can tweet directly from Tweetdeck, as well as update your other social media statuses – very convenient for the user that would like everything in one place. Get everything you need all at once, including updates to Facebook and LinkedIn. If you closely at the image, you’ll see that I keep track of both my Twitter accounts, @joninc and @ineptiDude – all in the same desktop app.

TweetDeck uses Adobe Air to run, so you’ll be asked to download it to run the TweetDeck application. This may be the only drawback to using TweetDeck that I can find, and it’s not Adobe Air per se, but the amount of system memory you’ll give up to run the program. Simply put – this is NOT a reason to pass TweetDeck by, I still highly recommend you give it a try – see if it suits your style.

Some of the features that TweetDeck sports are:

  • Updates to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn accounts
  • Old and new style retweets
  • Manage multiple Twitter accounts
  • Add, creat and manage Twitter Lists
  • And many, many more!

Moving on to Seesmic Look

Seesmic Look is the ideal Twitter Client for the beginner, as well as the more advanced Twitter user. “Look” gives a gorgeous rendition of what is going on in Twitter in real time, and you can also customize it to a certain extent.

As you can see from the image above, Seesmic Look has a beautiful interface, and it is ultimately easy to use and understand how Twitter works, and why so many people use it!

Once you start to use Seesmic Look you will completely understand what the term “real time” means. I could go on, but highly recommend that you download the Seesmic Look client and try it. I recently used Seesmic Look while following a back-channel during an online conference I was attending. “Look” made it so easy to follow the comments of the other attendees, and to respond and comment while the webinar went on. It is just so easy to follow!   (Back-channel is a term used for an ongoing conversation while a presentation is being given.  Twitter is the perfect “back-channel” tool, you don’t have to speak, can include links, and can find new people to follow!)

Which Twitter Client is for You?

When you download and use a Twitter client, you will find Twitter so much easer to organize and use.  The client that you choose to use is purely a personal decision – all Twitter clients have features that vary from app to app.  Once you find a client that you like, use it – update your status, Retweet your favorites, and don’t forget to leave some mentions and messages to your followers!

Leave a comment below if you use a Twitter client – tell about your favorite!

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