Desktop Twitter Programs Revealed
November 20, 2010 06:00 AM Desktop Twitter clients offer some advantages over browser-based options for the more than 175 million registered Twitter users navigating the tens of millions of daily Tweets. Desktop clients free user from the limited range of controls and UT metaphors found in the browser, and there's less chance of being bitten by a web-based exploit. Moreover, third-party browser-based clients, such as HootSuite and Slipstre.am, hint at different ways of interacting with Twitter. It's no wonder that third-party applications have emerged as a significant means of accessing Twitter, with almost 15% of unique users coming through one of the leading clients. Based upon ease of use, the number of services supporting, interfaces to additional services such as URL shortening and filter management, here are five Twitter clients worth a look.
Seesmic Desktop 2
Seesmic Desktop is a desktop client app that resembles TweetDeck's first cousin because the feature set is largely the same, but with significant differences in layout and functionality. Seesmic also is written in Microsoft Silverlight, as opposed to TweetDeck's Adobe Air, which makes Seesmic available across multiple platforms. (A web-based version also exists with much of the functionality of the desktop client.) Seesmic also differs from TweetDeck in that the former has a plug-in architecture, and much of the program's functionality is not baked directly into it but, rather, supplied by a gamut of add-ons.
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