I’ve been looking for a decent twitter client forever. It’s the thing that keeps me off twitter for the most part. I usually just use Echofon for Firefox, which is fine if you’re doing most of the broadcasting and not a lot of following. But I’ve really started liking the idea of twitter lists and the Echofon addon doesn’t do lists (or much else really).
So I started really looking for a Mac twitter client and it’s pretty sad out there.
Tweetdeck and Seesmic do everything you could possibly want (with FB integration, multi-column, etc) but they are Air apps, and Air sucks mightily. All I have to do is fire one of them up and all of a sudden my laptop starts sounding like a jet engine and feeling like it’s about to catch fire.
(WTF Adobe? It’s hard to not come down on Apple’s side of things when every time I interact with your products I feel like you’re actually trying to break my shit. And what’s with PC/Flash/Air devs making everything black with #ccc text? I feel like they’re all written by teenage boys who put neon in their casemods and play too much WOW.)
Aaanyway. Put DestroyTwitter in that category as well, along with the fact that it hasn’t seen an update in a while.
Tweetie is a plain jane little single column affair that isn’t any better than Echofon, IMO. But maybe now that twitter has bought the app it will get more features, who knows.
Twitterrific is boring, overly simple and seems to be gasping it’s last breath.
Nambu looked really great. After all the positive reviews with impressive screenshots I thought this was going to be it. And then I installed it and discovered that they actually took out most of the features that prompted me to download it. And frankly the developer’s grumpy attitude is a bit off putting. Now it looks like he’s so defeated over twitter acquiring Tweetie… is this thing even going to be around in 6 months? Who knows. Maybe Seesmic will gobble them up too. :/
Socialite (formerly Eventbox) is alright. I mean, it’s pretty and everything. But the developers don’t seem to like inline anything. I have to switch windows to see comments? And I either need it to include ping.fm support or let me cross post to FB and twitter within the app. The Flickr integration is shallow as hell. No filtering to speak of and every time I start the app it forgets that I’ve already read those 2000+ items. So um, yeah. Not going to be giving them $30 (!) anytime soon.
There are a bunch I haven’t even bothered with because they’re single column, no group or List support or they don’t include features that have been out for a long while.
Soooo I guess if I want to use twitter beyond getting infrequent updates from a few friends I’m stuck with the web version.
After using Tweetie a bit more I’m beginning to like it. It does a good job of drilling down into user info and showing conversations. But it doesn’t do lists or groups, nor does it allow you to mute people temporarily. I am really hoping those things wind up in the official Twitter app.
Also, TweetDeck started behaving itself somewhat CPU wise, but it still shoots up to 90% every once in a while which freaks me. Dammit, I wish they’d just make a native app. Balls.