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Battle of the Twitter Clients

Tweet Twitter – very addictive, and not a complete waste of time (well not always anyway). Twitter by default as we know is a website which allows you to post comments in 140 characters or less. But websites are clumsy things and Twitter is probably one of the best known services that can be consumed [...]

Twitter – very addictive, and not a complete waste of time (well not always anyway). Twitter by default as we know is a website which allows you to post comments in 140 characters or less.

But websites are clumsy things and Twitter is probably one of the best known services that can be consumed anyhow, anywhere. This post is taking a look at 3 of the more popular Mac Twitter clients – I’ll write a similar review of a couple of iPhone ones over at www.iphonesource.org in the weekend.

So which three are we looking at?

Twitterific | TweetDeck | EventBox

Twitterific

I was introduced to Twitter & Twitterific at the same time. A number of friends were starting to use Twitter and buy’n'large they all recommended Twitterific.

Twitterific Interface

Twitterific Interface

Crafted buy icon designers Iconfactory, Twitterific presents very cleanly and very simply. As you can see from the screen shot above, Twitterific is nothing more than a list of incoming tweets, gray for usual tweets and coloured to show replies or direct messages. That’s it, there really isn’t much else to Twitterific. It’s simple, it works, and it looks the same on Mac or iPhone.

Twitterific has both a free & paid version

TweetDeck

TweetDeck is an Adobe AIR app, meaning it will run on any computer that has AIR installed. You can install it for the Mac, PC or even Linux.

TweetDeck interface

TweetDeck interface

TweetDeck is very flexible in the way it’s interface works. By default you have 3 columns showing All Tweets, Replies and Direct Messages. However you can customize these into almost infinite groupings. This is were the power of TweetDeck really lies. You can customize groups of data (columns) to show search results, to show favourites, tweets by one person, or tweets about any topic (or hashtag).  The TweetDeck team are constantly on twitter chatting about the app, offering advice and support, and the interface is customizable (colours) to your desires.

The TweetDeck team tell me that multi-account support is coming, this will be another awesome power user tool. If you have a personal twitter and a twitter account for your blog, and your company, then you know managing multiple accounts can be hard. Having this in one place would be great.

TweetDeck is free (still in beta)

Eventbox

Twitterific and TweetDeck are single use applications, that is they work on Twitter and nothing else. Eventbox however is a multipurpose apllication.

EventBox interface

EventBox interface

EventBox currently supports, Facebook, Pownce, Twitter, Flickr, Reddit, Digg and any RSS Feed (feed reader), it’s about managing your lifestream, rather than just your tweets.

As a native Mac OSX application EventBox is (IMHO) the sexiest application for twitter. It too separates out Replies and Messages from your Twitter Stream – making it super easy to reply to those communicating with you. It’s support for Flickr and other feeds is brilliant & I find having just one application rather than 3 to do the same job, just great.

I would like to have some of the advance features of TweetDeck, ie: ability to set up a search pattern for EventBox to find in incoming streams and separate out. Eg: find any mention of iPhone in incoming Flickr, Feeds or Tweets, and show in a group in left sidebar.

Summary

How you use Twitter is an intensely personal thing, each person will use it differently and as such the particular application they use will be that which best fits their Twitter style.

My thoughts are that Twitterific is ideal for those getting into Twitter with less than say 50 friends they are following. It’s simple no nonsense interface makes it super easy to use. For those who want to use Twitter for finding content, finding links, learning about how others are talking about them, their brand or their products, then TweetDeck is the application for you. It’s ability to group incoming tweets, or even to group search results based on particular criteria is almost unmatched in Twitter apps.

For me however the winner is EventBox, it’s elegant design blends in with other Mac apps It’s ease of use means using it is simple and effective & the fact that it manages more than just Twitter for me is the factor that pushes it over the edge in my book. Yes I’d love custom grouping & I’d love multi account support, but for now, EventBox is the Twitter App that will remain installed on my Mac (I’d best go buy it now ey!)

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One Response

11.21.08

Would love to see EventBox add more apps and become a one stop shop for all my social media needs, but for now, it’s Twitterific most of the time, and TweetDeck when I want to dive into searches and check to see if I missed any replies.