The following is a Guest post by Onna Holland. Onna is a freebie trader, blogger and Stay at home mom. She writes for the blog www.makingmoneyquick.net/blog and www.toddlercraft.net and is an active trader on www.calistyle.com.
Twitter is such a great networking, communication and marketing tool. As you use twitter more and more and begin to follow an increasing number of people you will realize that you need something more then the standard twitter.com site, to keep track of the people you follow. I also personally found the standard twitter.com not as user friendly.
There are many twitter clients out there for the PC and Mac. The list grows everyday. I will highlight a few I have used and some others that I have heard are noteworthy. There are Three Twitter Clients that I have found useful. They are Twirhl, Tweetdeck and Seismic Desktop. My favorite at the moment is Seismic Desktop.
Twirhl is a great Twitter client that also shows your friend feed. In my opinion, the fact that it uses friendfeed is a huge plus. It allows you to interact on both friendfeed and twitter easily moving back and forth between them. It also allows Multiple accounts from twitter, which is great! The negatives – no categories for different users, and there is no interface with facebook. As you follow more people it gets harder to keep track of important tweets if you can't group the people you follow.
Tweet Deck is great because it allows you to categorize the users you follow. For example, say you have some favorite tweeters that you don't want to miss their updates, you can put them in a category/column. This way you won't miss their tweets and messages. I have a few categories for different things I do online. For example, a freebie trading, craft and seo category. This way I can catch the messages easier from my friends I twitter with in those areas. Then there is a list/column of all the people I follow. As you follow more people there are more and more tweets to read, having categories/columns allows you to get to the ones you see as most important. In addition, you can have columns/categories for @replies to you and a column for your direct messages. So you won't miss if someone replies to one of your tweets. This allows you to interact easier with your followers and those that you follow. Tweet Deck also allows you to access your facebook account So you can see your facebook friends updates and know if anything important is said.
Seismic Desktop. This Client is terrific! It's fairly new and they have made massive improvements and added great features based on user feedback. With Seismic, you can do all the things like you could do with tweet deck: make categories and columns, Follow your facebook Friends, Have columns for your @replies and your direct messages. What sets it apart and makes it the best in my opinion is that you can not only follow your facebook friends, but you can comment on their updates! In addition, you can have MULTIPLE accounts on Seismic! If you have more then one twitter account then this is extremely helpful! You can easily see the tweets of those you follow from the various accounts, put them in categories and tweet from all your accounts from one place. They also have great integration with twitpic for adding pictures. I love it!!
Some other Twitter Clients I have heard positive things about are…
- Digsby – This is a great client if you want to be able to do quick updates from multiple accts, and use it for IM and email notification. Not great for following the tweets from people you follow, if you follow a lot of people.
- Matt – Web based, used for updating from multiple accounts.
- Tweet3 – Web based, supports multiple accounts.
Have you used any twitter clients? What's your favorite?
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