Best twitter client?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Mr. Laser Beam, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I'm kind of doing a 180 here - I have been thinking of jumping into the whole Twitter thing. I was wondering what is the most well thought of Twitter client among everyone here.

    The ones I was looking at were:

    - The stock Twitter app. It's free, and available for all my devices - iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be able to sync across these devices (meaning, if I read a tweet on one of my devices, the other ones won't remember how much of it I've read).

    - Twitteriffic. This is a bit pricey ($4.99 for the OS X app, and for the iPad/iPhone app if you don't want ads) but at least it can sync across all three via iCloud.

    - Tweetbot. Unfortunately, NO OS X app at all (which is not exactly a dealbreaker, but it does suck). Is available for iPhone and iPad, but in separate versions (unlike the stock Twitter app and Twitteriffic which both have 'universal' ones) for $2.99 each.

    So given this, I'm leaning towards Twitteriffic, but I just wanted to gauge opinions here too. Also, are there any other good Twitter clients that I haven't thought of? If so what are they?
     
  2. Timby

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    If you're desperately needing syncing across multiple devices (honestly, it doesn't take that much effort to scroll to the last tweet you read -- I follow nearly 300 people and all I do in the morning is grab my phone, scroll down to the last tweet I saw before going to bed, and scroll up from there), Echofon will do the job -- it syncs across platforms. Free for ad-supported, I think it's $4.99 for ad-free.

    For the best desktop client, I'd say it's TweetDeck (which is free, and now owned by Twitter).

    I wouldn't spend money on any 3rd-party clients right now, though. Twitter has just instituted another tightening of its regulations for its API, which indicates another crackdown on third-party clients. Major third parties like HootSuite will likely still continue to have an API license, but Twitter's ecosystem is looking at a bit of an upheaval in the very near future. Tweetbot, Echofon, etc. -- Lord only knows where they'll be in two or three months.
     
  3. PsychoPere

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    I use Twitter's own app on my iPad and my Android OS phone. On my desktop and on my MacBook Air, I use the Echofon add-on for Firefox.
     
  4. Mr. Laser Beam

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    Do you have to use your real name when signing up for a Twitter account?
     
  5. trampledamage

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    As your username? no.
     
  6. Mr. Laser Beam

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    ^ No , I don't mean your handle (what goes after the @ sign), I meant do you have to actually give them your real name. Because your followers can see that too, can't they?
     
  7. trampledamage

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    The bit your followers can see doesn't need to be your real name either.

    I can't remember from the registration process whether at some point twitter needs your real name, but the profile doesn't need to contain it.
     
  8. Mr. Laser Beam

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    okay, I've got a twitter account now...may take awhile before I find something worth tweeting, though, so I think I'll just follow others for the moment. :D
     
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