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twitter time saverTwitter users have a plethora 6 Of The Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac] 6 Of The Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac] These 6 free desktop Twitter clients will allow you to interact with all of Twitter’s goodness without having to pop open a new browser tab. These programs run in the background and continually update with... Read More of options DestroyTwitter - A Fantastic, Free, Lightweight & Powerful Twitter Client DestroyTwitter - A Fantastic, Free, Lightweight & Powerful Twitter Client If you thought I went a bit overboard with the adjectives in the title for this post, believe me that by the time you’re done reading about DestroyTwitter you’ll be adding a few of your... Read More when it comes to clients for their platform of choice. Many of these come with plenty of features for all use cases, including following new users, uploading Send Photos To Twitpic Via MMS On Your Mobile Phone Using Snappr Send Photos To Twitpic Via MMS On Your Mobile Phone Using Snappr What if you are out and about and you see something newsworthy but you don't have Internet access on your phone to upload the photographs? How do you share the photographs then? Here's where Snappr... Read More photos 7 Twitter Photo Sharing Tips To Spread Your Photographic Masterpieces 7 Twitter Photo Sharing Tips To Spread Your Photographic Masterpieces In mid-2011, Twitter announced its photo sharing feature. It was major news because it put Twitter at loggerheads with the existing third-party Twitter photo sharing services like TwitPic , yfrog, and Instagram. But we users... Read More , posting 5 Power Tweeter Tips on How to Use Twitter Like a Pro 5 Power Tweeter Tips on How to Use Twitter Like a Pro Today I'm going to teach you how to Twitter like a boss. What does it mean to be considered a power user on Twitter? Well, anyone who loves the social platform as much as I... Read More new tweets, etc. What if you don’t truly need all the features of a full client? Maybe your needs only encompass being able to upload pictures or posting new tweets? If that is the case, there are a number of apps for Android that can satisfy those smaller needs.

You will probably not get the full experience of Twitter, which includes building a follower base, responding to users who mention you, making lists, and all that jazz, but it may be good to go this route if you don’t consider the noise to be very appealing.

Apps For Posting Tweets Only: TweetMeep & Robot Bird For ICS

There are widgets from full Android clients that let you post tweets only but if you want to skip downloading a probably bloated client, you can download something like TweetMeep. At 713k, TweetMeep for Android 1.5 and up, is a an app that consists of a simple widget. That means launching the app from your app list will only show you a notice that you have to add the widget to your homescreen in order to use this.

Once you add it, choose a theme (either Éclair or classic), and authorize TweetMeep. You can tap on the widget’s larger panel on the left to bring about the little TweetMeep editor for your new text-based tweet. You can see how many characters you have left on the editor. If you tap on the “t” part of the widget, you’ll be led to the mobile site of Twitter on your web browser, in case you want to view your own profile or visit someone else’s, or whatever you can do on the mobile Twitter web app.

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If you don’t want a widget, but an actual app that you can launch and use without excessive features, there is also Robot Bird [Android 4.0+] is definite a candidate app for your needs. It allows you to create a new tweet, post a picture and even view your past tweets. It will also notify you of mentions. That’s about all the features it offers.

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One thing I wish it did though is use OAuth to authenticate my login information. Overall, Robot Bird is still a great, minimalistic client for Ice Cream Sandwich devices.

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Widget Apps For Seeing Follower Count: Tweet Followers & Followers Widget For Twitter

Perhaps you don’t want to receive the notification emails that Twitter sends to you when you have a new follower or maybe you want to track the number of followers more closely. There are two widget apps that are available for this purpose. Neither of these apps require you to enter your account password so you can basically keep track of your favorite celebrity’s follower count or just your own.

The first one I’ll be reviewing is Tweet Followers. It is a simple widget app that you can add to your homescreen, type in the user to see the follower count for and maybe select the refresh interval. The resulting widget is 1×1, occupying very little space and simply displaying the number of followers and the account name. You can add more of the same widget to track the follower count of other users.

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For more statistics, you might want to check out Followers Widget For Twitter, which is another widget app for devices with Android 1.6 and up. You simply add its widget to a homescreen, type the username to track and that’s pretty much it. You can add as many of these widgets as you want. The widget displays the number of people that the username you picked is following as well as the information of the last sync.

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With the huge number of full Twitter clients, sometimes you might just need a minimalistic app that can fulfill a specific need. The ones on this list do just that, in widget forms or simple-looking apps.

Do you know other single-purpose Twitter apps for Android? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. celina
    August 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    getting tired of installing all social app for your device then install 1push where on one platform you can access all your social sites...https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.one.push&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5vbmUucHVzaCJd

  2. john carter
    August 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    i dont know why people install all social site app on there device when by installing just one app they can access all there social sites....use 1push for your android...https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.one.push&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5vbmUucHVzaCJd

  3. Emma Evony
    July 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    great now bring these apps to other smartphones for those who can't afford andriods

  4. Dylan Brendan
    July 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Great article! Very organized and balanced.

  5. Shawn Ashree Baba
    July 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I don't see the purpose of these Twitter apps in my opinion. I feel very content with the basic one.

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      July 24, 2012 at 4:49 am

      The Twitter apps outlined here are also basic because they fulfill single purposes. Full clients like Tweetdeck are for users who are very much interested in the full Twitter experience: posting status and photos, exploring hashtags, making lists, etc. Not everyone might want to do all of these.

      I, for one, sometimes just want to post a text update. I can just use of the single-purpose apps I mentioned here to accomplish this task, with no noise from other users and no distractions. I wouldn't want to rent a limousine to go to the grocery store when I can just bike there.

  6. Aditya Roy
    July 17, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I have been using Tweetdeck for some time now and find it pretty useful.

    • Jessica Cam Wong
      July 24, 2012 at 4:41 am

      I'm sure Tweetdeck is absolutely excellent and fits the complete needs of active Twitter users. For users that aren't interested in getting the full experirence, and just want to perhaps, express their states of mind, or look at statistics, there are also, clients to satisfy those needs, as I've outlined in the article. :)

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