With so much tweeting to do, so many people to follow, and such little time Twitter apps that manage your Twitter streams offer an easy interface on which to oversee it all. This week I explored 6 different applications to discover which app worked best for me and my tweeting habits:
TweetDeck: My favorite! Although at first I was skeptical of downloading the program, it makes it easy to tweet, add columns, and change the columns in view. I also liked the “see what’s popular in this column” feature which made it easy to see quickly what the tweeters in each of my columns were talking about. My biggest dislike was the stupid and rather annoying “tweet” noise that plays every time a column is refreshed but this can be easily muted.
Hootsuite: I liked the more modern design that this site had- everything was organized in a very natural way which made it easy to use with a box to tweet from clearly displayed at the top and a dashboard on the left. I also liked that you could control how many feeds appeared on the screen without having to scrolling over.
Seesmic: Very similar to Hootsuite in its layout but had a brighter design which I appreciated. Easy to tweet from and search. I also liked that they gave you the option of downloading the desktop version or launching the web version as I don’t always want to commit to downloading something.
Socialoomph: I was not a fan at all of this management system. It seemed outdated and complicated and was way too overwhelming visually. If Twitter has taught us one thing it is to simplify. I like the dashboard template that TweetDeck and Hootsuite use and thought that Socialoomph required way too much clicking to get me to where I wanted to be. The only positive was scheduling tweets was easy.
TweetGrid: I like that it gives you plenty of layout options (1x10 to 3x3 to 3x1) so that you can customize your feed based on how much tweeting you want to take in or likewise ignore. I am not at all a fan of the interface however and found it extremely ugly and almost amateur.
Monitter: It has a very simple, basic interface which makes it easier to navigate and use than some of the others. However, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it’s simplistic black and grey design. I also experienced difficulty at times getting my different columns to load—some would and some randomly wouldn’t.
Overall, TweetDeck was by far my favorite Twitter app and I will continue to use it long after this post is published. I also downloaded the TweetDeck app to my iPhone which is equally easy to use. The following is a screenshot of the TweetDeck app: