Twitter has risen to prominence as the most popular micro-blogging service around. If you’re underwhelmed with the Twitter web site and looking for more features you’ll definitely want to check out the five Twitter clients showcased here.
TweetDeck (Windows/Mac/Linux/iPhone, Free)
Brizzly (Web-Based, Free)
If you’ve been reading over the various Twitter clients in today’s Hive Five and thinking “I don’t want some fancy application, I just want the actual Twitter web site to be more functional!”, then you’ll definitely want to check out Brizzly. The first thing that strikes you after logging into your Brizzly account is how similar it is to the actual Twitter interface—except vastly improved. Shortened URLs are automatically expanded, links to pictures and videos are automatically thumb-nailed and easy to preview. The left and right navigation columns are fixed, so as you scroll through the tweets you never lose sight of useful links. Brizzly is a super-charged version of the Twitter web interface. One thing, if you’re ready to try Brizzly out. You’ll need an invitation to the service. Fortunately invitations aren’t hard to come by, Twitter is buzzing with them. Search Twitter with this link and check out invitations until you find one with an active use left.
Seesmic (Web-Based/Windows/Mac/iPhone, Free)
Tweetie (Mac/iPhone, Free)
DestroyTwitter (Windows/Mac/Linux, Free)
DestroyTwitter is a very compact Twitter client that has a very IM-window kind of appearance. Everything is presented, by default, in one column which can be cycled through various views via the buttons along the top and bottom of the window—Home, Replies, Saved searches, for example. You can expand DestroyTwitter to present multiple columns at once and give it an appearance more similar to some of the other Twitter clients available, but many people prefer the simple and compact one column default. If you’re looking for a lightweight Twitter client and you don’t mind sacrificing some of the bells and whistles you get on the other clients like expansion of shortened URLs and thumb-nailed images, DestroyTwitter is worth a look.
Can’t believe your favourite didn’t make it? Never had a problem with the basic Twitter site? Let’s hear about it in the comments below.