Top 12 Twitter tools

Feeding the Twitter addiction

Twitter - the exploding social Web phenomenon that lets users post 140-character updates to the simple question "What are you doing?" and follow the posts of friends - is very addicting. When you first start out, the Twitter Web site alone is enough for simple posts and following a few friends. But once your network of followers and those you're following expands, checking back to the Web site every 10 minutes is tedious. Here are 12 tools to help sate your Twitter hunger without having to constantly refresh your browser.


An Adobe AIR-based desktop Twitter client available for Windows and Mac. Works much like an instant messaging application, letting users see the latest updates from those they're following, post their own updates and reply/direct-message to other Twitterites. It can connect to multiple Twitter and FriendFeed accounts and be used to cross-post updates on Pownce and Jaiku . Supports English, German, Italian and Spanish.

More on Twhirl here .


Take Twitter on the go with TinyTwitter , a mini-client available for any mobile device that supports Java (including the BlackBerry) or Windows Mobile. Even though you can use Twitter via SMS, TinyTwitter is a great alternative for those who don't have an unlimited text-message plan with their carrier.


A Firefox (2.0+) add-on that lets you access Twitter continuously through a Sidebar window. It features a simple, instant messaging-like interface and runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

More info on Twitbin here .


A Twhirl alternative for Linux users. This Google Code project is a simple desktop interface for posting, reading and responding to Twitter messages.

More info on gTwitter here .


Blackberry fans get their own mobile Twitter client in TwitterBerry . It requires BlackBerry OS 4.0.2+ and users must have the Blackberry Internet Browsing Service. All the latest BlackBerry device models are supported.


Another Adobe AIR-based desktop client for Windows and Mac. Unlike Twhirl, which can connect to multiple accounts and post to multiple social networks, Snitter is all Twitter business. One unique Snitter feature is the ability to create your own style for the interface through a Cascading Style Sheet (CSS). There's even a Flickr group dedicated to showing off cool designs created by users.


If you're looking for a quick way to update your status across multiple sites (Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Facebook, MySpace and Bebo) then the Hellotxt dashboard is for you. A couple of keystrokes and every social networking "friend" you have will know what you're up to. In addition to the Web dashboard, there are mobile and Facebook app versions of Hellotxt.


Twitterific is a nice-looking desktop Twitter application for Mac users. It has controls for layering Twitter messages, switching between friend and public Tweets, and supports multiple Twitter accounts. One downside: It costs $14.95 for an ad-free version.


A very simple Twitter client for Windows that shows your latest Twitter messages in chronological order and makes it easy to update your status or respond to friends. Developer claims that Twitterlicious won't lock up when is down (which can be quite a bit).


A Windows-based version of Twitterific. Simple, clean layout for viewing feeds and posting updates.

More info on MadTwitter here .


Want to make it look like you're working late on that overdue project? Use Tweetahead , a Mac Dashboard Widget, to post Tweets at a pre-set time in the future. You'll be snoozing, but your Twitter followers will think you're working hard.


For the those that just can't get enough of Twitter, Twittervision is a Google Maps/Twitter mashups that pops the latest public Tweets up on a world map.

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A popular iPhone application for mobile Twitter users that also adds a location feature, allowing you to see Tweets coming from X number of miles around you. One downside: Twinkle requires a "jailbreak" application in order to run on the iPhone.

More info on Twinkle here .

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Digsby is a multi-network tool for managing all your social networking accounts including Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, GMail and more. Users can customize the look and feel to suit their tastes. Available for Mac, Windows and Linux.


Twitterfone is a voice-to-Twitter service for your phone. Dial a number, speak your Tweet and its converted into text. Our tipster, Dave Wasson of Phoenix, Ariz, says it is pretty accurate. Downside is the service is invite-only at this point.


Another Adobe AIR-based client that can be used to send files (up to 10mb) to friend and capture images through a Web cam. One plus about Tweetr over the other AIR-based clients is that it's a "trusted" application for the Adobe runtime.


An Mac-only tool for quickly blasting our your current status (or mood) to multiple social networking sites, including Tiwtter.

More info on MoodBlast here .


A Firefox plug-in that lets you view Tweets of followers and post updates to your own Twitter account. Works with Firefox 2.0+.

More on TwitterFox here .


An open source Twitter client for Mac, Windows and Linux that features a customizable look and feel, plus has an auto-refresh for timelines.

More info on Spaz here .


Formerly known as iTwittr, Hahlo is a a mobile Twitter client for the iPhone.

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An optimized Twitter system for iPhone users. You can follow friends, post updates, even view profiles.

More info here .


A Web-based Twitter client for iPhone fans. Users can view profiles, follow Tweets and update their status via Wi-Fi or the EDGE wireless connection.

More info on PocketTweets here .


A general Web broswer that comes with a Twitter update toolbar built in. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

More info on Flock here .


For the true Twitter junky, TweetStats provides all sorts of colorful graphs that show your Tweeting habits - Reply percentages, Interface used, aggregate daily Tweets, Aggregate hourly Tweets. It's almost as addicting as Twitter itself.


Like Twittervision, Twemes is a tool for following Tweet tags as a whole. Great way to keep up with events in real-time, according to our tipster, @craigritchie .

What do you use?

Did we miss a tool that's your favorite? Let us know by e-mailing Jason Meserve or Tweeting him @jmeserve .