By Alyssa Gregory

6 Twitter Clients You May Not Have Heard Of

By Alyssa Gregory

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my search for the perfect social network aggregator. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to find a tool that combines Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn in a way that supports how I typically use the different sites.

The good news is that a number of readers suggested different apps for me to try out, so the options are plenty. The bad news is that I’m still in testing phase, so I don’t have my review/analysis quite ready. (If you haven’t weighed in with your favorite aggregator yet, leave a comment and I will add your tool of choice to my list.)

One unexpected side effect of my research has been the number of social network-specific tools that I’ve inadvertently discovered that I hadn’t heard of before, particularly for Twitter. While I’m still plugging away with my aggregator testing, I thought I share some of these interesting Twitter tools.

I divided my list into three separate posts. This one will focus on Twitter clients that are new to me. My next two posts will highlight tools that let you use Twitter in different and useful ways, and apps for having more fun with Twitter.

So here is the first round of Twitter tools I’ve recently discovered: client apps that aren’t (yet) mainstream but may offer unique value to Twitter users.


BirdHerd lets you control a Twitter account that you use with a group of other people through the use of direct messages. If your group Twitter account receives a DM from one of your contributors, it will take various actions on that user’s behalf, such as posting a new message, following a Twitter user, replying to tweet and more.



Buzzbird is an open-source Twitter client that is built on Mozilla’s XUL platform so it works with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux. Some of the functionality it supports includes multiple accounts, filters, URL shortening, follow/unfollow and more.


CoTweet is a business-focused Twitter platform that helps companies monitor their brand and engage their audience. It supports up to five Twitter accounts, monitors keywords, sends email notifications, threads conversations, archives messages, tracks clicks and more.


Pluggio, formerly TweetMiner, is a client that focuses on helping Twitter users build their following by providing a friend finder keyword-based service. Other features include sorting, searching, link tracking and scheduling. Pluggio may even be considered as an aggregator to some because it lets you post to any social network right from the client. It’s available as a desktop or web-based app.


Spaz is an open-source Twitter client for Palm, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux based on Adobe AIR. It’s available as a desktop or mobile app and features include: global search, URL shortening, themes/skins, directories, multiple account support and more. It also works with Identi.ca.


TwitHive is a web-based Twitter client that supports multiple accounts, filters, searching, customized channels, integrated news, URL shortening and more. It’s AJAX-based so it’s quick to load across most major web browsers.

What do you use to manage your Twitter account? Do you use an app that’s off the beaten path?

  • MacAonghusa

    I use Gravity for S60 phones (from mobileways.de). It works fantastically on my Nokia 5800, can handle multiple twitter accounts, facebook, 4sq and can post pics direct to twitpic or alternative. Terrific app.

    On PC I’ve tried Tweetdeck & Spaz and didn’t like either. The Echofon addon for Firefox serves my needs at the moment.

  • Anonymous
  • i-media

    Another very useful Twitter client that works inside Outlook: TwInbox
    I’ve been using it for more than a year now.
    More information at http://www.techhit.com/TwInbox/

  • Nerahla

    I use Nambu (http://www.nambu.com) but it is your basic desktop app for Mac. I tried Socialite, TweetDeck and Seesmic – but they had their issues. Seesmic and Socialite are heavy handed with their resource usage. They start to chug along and are slow if you leave it open on your desktop — and really, isn’t that the whole point?

    TweetDeck actually loses tweets. If you use TweetDeck, you won’t see all of them. There is some magical hole in their universe where they go and unless you check your regular web-based twitter homepage, you will never know what you’re not seeing.

    So far, Nambu, while not heavy on the features, runs extremely smoothly and doesn’t hog resources at all; I can leave it open indefinitely and my system doesn’t even notice it’s there.

  • I like Twitterrific for Mac OS X. It takes up minimal screen area so I can just leave it open and glance at it occasionally.

  • Lauren

    I use Twitterfall. I like keeping Twitter in my browser rather than another program. I like that it keeps everything in one stream, allowing me to colourcode different lists and hashtags rather than opening new streams for them, and the Fall animation feels more natural to me than chunks of new tweets appearing all at once. Allows you to do pretty much everything from the app, I rarely use web twitter now.

  • Praj

    Birdherd is a closed beta for now.. They aren’t accepting new users at the moment.

  • ROC

    Does anyone use CoTweet?…I’ve been using it to run our clients accounts but its just okay in my eyes, unless anyone has any great tips…or I’d like to know if anyone is using another business focused twitter platform. Thx

  • Ricky

    My tool of choice is Tvider,which is a full blown Twitter client.
    Tvider gives you the ability to tweet multimedia on an instant. Capture a picture or record a video/audio, add some text and update your Twitter status using Tvider on your mobile phones/iPhone/Blackberry/Symbian/Android/J2ME phones.
    Add multimedia touch to your tweets with the help of this Mobile Twitter application.(m.tvider.com/mobile)

  • Cynthia Goldbarg

    I tried a few but I prefer Hootsuite.
    I am managing 5 twitter accounts (personal, company, university group, cause & another organization’s) PLUS 4 facebook accounts (personal, company, university group & another organization’s) PLUS my personal LinkedIn profile.
    It is extremely useful to have it all in one page, and to have all the icons by the text I’m typing, all I have to do is click which profile will “say” what I typed. Besides, when I RT, I can edit what goes out (or add a comment like “support this cause” or “please sign this”, etc.) as opposed to the automatic RT from twitter’s web based service.
    Hootsuite all the way.

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