6 Of The Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac]

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Windows Twitter Clients Intro   6 Of The Best Free Desktop Twitter Clients [Windows & Mac]At its beginning, Twitter was one of those social media startups that many expected would die off. It started back in 2006, but here we are in 2012 and Twitter is still running strong. The Twitter website interface has undergone a number of changes since its inception, and some would argue that the current Twitter interface is all good and dandy.

But then there are others, like me, who don’t particularly enjoy using Twitter’s home interface. Whether it’s due to aesthetic reasons (it’s ugly!) or simply a matter of inconvenience (I have to keep that tab open!), you may want to look into a more standalone solution – a desktop Twitter client.

These 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 new tweets and messages. And the best part is that you won’t have to pay a cent.

If you’re looking for Twitter clients for other platforms, check out these lists for Mac, Linux, and the iPad.

DestroyTwitter

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For a while now, DestroyTwitter has been the one and only Twitter client sitting on my computer. This is because when I first started using Twitter in 2010, I had a weak laptop and needed the lightest, most resource-friendly client available. On that front, DestroyTwitter is indeed awesome. Very fast, very light, very minimalistic.

But now that I’ve been checking out all of these different desktop Twitter clients, it seems like DestroyTwitter has fallen behind just a tad. Some features, like support for multiple accounts, are missing or are too obscure for me to figure out how to use. But it does allow for a good deal of customization and filtering, so it’s definitely worth a try.

TweetDeck

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Ever since Twitter bought out TweetDeck, it appears that this has become the main Windows client for Twitter. It’s seen a lot of changes over the years, many of which were a step in the right direction. Today, TweetDeck maintains its position as one of the most widely used Twitter clients for the desktop.

The best features are support for multiple accounts and being able to schedule tweets ahead of time. The multi-column design allows you to keep tabs on multiple items simultaneously, or you can scrunch it down to be as minimal as you need it to be. The aesthetics are slick and smooth and the memory requirements aren’t very much. And the icing on the cake is that it’s free.

MetroTwit

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MetroTwit’s big claim to fame is in its inspiration – the Metro UI. Not only is it designed aesthetically to match the Windows Metro aesthetic, but it has also been designed functionally to take advantage of Microsoft’s .NET framework. That means that it utilizes native Windows functions in order to maximize speed and efficiency.

One cool feature of MetroTwit is the OMG! button, which acts as an “undo” in case you accidentally post a tweet prematurely or in poor judgment. Otherwise, the feature set here is about the same as you’ll find in most big-name Twitter clients.

Unfortunately, the free version of MetroTwit is ad-supported and limited to one account. Upgrading to Plus will remove those limitations for the price of $15.

Janetter

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Straight on the Janetter website is the following claim – the best Twitter client on the net. In a market filled with great products, like the rest listed in this article, a claim like that needs to be backed up with substantial evidence. Does it live up to expectations? Well, that depends on what you’re expecting.

Janetter has a distinct Asian feel, which makes sense because it’s developed in Japan (as far as I know). But have no fear, because it fully supports English. Other than that, it’s free and supports multiple columns and multiple accounts. Janetter really shines in customization – dozens of themes, font and display changes, wallpapers–it’s got mostly everything.

Echofon

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Echofon is a newcomer in the desktop Twitter client arena, but it’s really made an impact in recent months. It covers many platforms: Windows and Mac, iPhone, iPad, and there is even an add-on for Firefox. Though it is free, it is supported by ads. Removing the ads will cost you $10.

The cool thing about Echofon is that it effortlessly and seamlessly synchronizes your Twitter experience across all of its varying platforms. If you like to access Twitter from every kind of device, you’ll love this one. The interface is clean and simple; the program is lightweight and fast. Definitely worth a try.

Tweetings

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Tweetings is similar to Echofon in that it covers a lot of platforms: Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Chrome extension. Also like Echofon, Tweetings offers synchronization across all devices. Pretty cool stuff, indeed. Though Tweetings costs $3 for Mac, it is free for Windows and Chrome.

The drawback to Tweetings is that the Mac version is just better than the Windows version in terms of sleekness and visual design. However, you’ll still be able to use scheduled tweets, filters, and even Twitlonger when you need to write tweets that are longer than the default 140 characters.

What desktop app do you use for accessing Twitter?  What features do you love about it?

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Dom_TC

I really like TweetDeck, and that is what I use regularly but I will have a look at DestroyTwitter – I really like the simplistic nature of it.

Joel Lee

I used DestroyTwitter for a long time and I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s fast and simplistic, indeed. Let us know how you like it. :)

Thegreatvinay

i havent used any desktop applications for twitter. let me DestroyTwitter from today !!!

Sachin Kanchan

i love tweetdeck and metrotwit

Joel Lee

They are very nice. :)

Thomas Levin

Any of these available as a portable version??

Joel Lee

To be honest, I’m not sure. I don’t remember seeing portable versions when I was installing all of these clients, so my gut reaction is to say, “No.” You may want to check manually, though.

Sri Vamsy Gurram

MetroTwit is Excellent client…Thanks for sharing it :)

Joel Lee

Glad you like it!

Mulder

I’ve found that Echofon doesn’t work with the newer versions of Firefox (TenFourFox) on PowerPC Macs. But if you use Firefox 3.6.27, it works just fine. There’s obviously some incompatibility in Echofon that prevents it from working in newer versions, since the underlying code is the same, regardless of who’s doing the compiling for PowerPC.

Until they fix that, you shouldn’t count on it; and they’ve never replied to multiple inquiries about this problem.

Joel Lee

I don’t own a PowerPC Mac so I wasn’t aware of this issue. Thanks for giving us a heads up!

David Lutchen

Tweetdeck? Head-to-head, Hootsuite is better and they even have 3 different standalone desktop versions, not just web based.

Joel Lee

I didn’t know that Hootsuite has a desktop version. I used it a long time ago when it was still just a web client and it left a sour taste in my mouth, particularly due to the controversy surrounding its use of Owly as a URL shortener.

Anyway, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll have to check it out.

Khayal

And what about Hootsuite?

Joel Lee

Please read my response to David Lutchen. :)

StaticSilva

I’ve never really had a reason to use anything but the Twitter website, but out of the list, Echofon is probably my favorite.

David Lutchen

Ok well I just looked into it further and its not a true standalone desktop based download application but merely a browser extension. My bad. If they did I think would be better than Tweetdeck. I like TD but anyone can do a simple Google search between the two and see head-to-head, Hootsuite is just better to use although they both have their pros and cons.
http://hootsuite.com/features/extensions

Joel Lee

That makes more sense now. Hootsuite does look nice for anyone looking for a web-based client. Thanks!

Jon Smith

does tweetdeck and destroytwitter have a customization, I really hate dark themes

Joel Lee

I’m not sure about TweetDeck but DestroyTwitter does come bundled with a number of themes and many of them are light-colored. :)

Alan Masarsky

I use Tweeki – a lightweight Twitter desktop app for Windows PCs. The app is available on the Pokki app store here: http://pok.ki/JdKgyR

Munish Gupta

Always been a TweetDeck fan. Never cared to look beyond it. Guess I will try ones from the list.

gh_rocks

Hi, dod you know if destroy twitter has been fixed? I love this one, but I stopped using it because it didn’t work properly

Joel Lee

Sorry, I’m not sure what you mean. I don’t ever remember DestroyTwitter being broken. I was using it just fine about a month or so ago, so I think it should be fine now.

Fluf

DestroyTwitter hasn’t been able to handle DM’s for a long long time and is no longer being developed. It’s a shame. I think all the developer has to do is nag Twitter in to resetting the app permissions.
It’s a bit odd seeing DestroyTwitter listed in so many “Best Desktop Client” review sites without anyone noticing the rather basic problem that DM’s are broken.

Divyansh

thanks for the list..Tweetdeck is easy but bulky for slow connections…i would prefer metro tweet

kirbyakasid

Janetter is great – it looks good and you can personalise the look of it a bit. My only issue is that there doesn’t seem to be any way to tweet longer tweets. I’d like twitlonger or something built in, as on my phone. Do any of these clients do that?

Joel Lee

I’m 99% sure that DestroyTwitter and TweetDeck both have long-tweeters, but I can’t be sure on the rest.

WarcraftWordpress

After trying out several twitter clients I landed on Janetter.

Winner for me: 1. Janetter: Multi-Account, sleek, supports in client image displays.
Doesn’t rely on Adobe Air. Native OS installer.
(Runs 3 components: 94K ram usage for 2 accounts active at the once)

2. Destroy Twitter is sleek, light and functional, but supports only one account.
Doesn’t display images in posts.
(35K Ram usage, 1 account online)

3. TweetDeck just refuses to log in, gave up.

Rob

I used TweetDeck for the longest time. Then Twitter bought it out, and it became absolutely awful, and I have yet to find a serviceable desktop client. HootSuite (browser-based) is the only one I can stand at the current time.

Dan the IT Guy

Used METROTWIT for Windows 7…after some time. It was great but over several months…got glitchy, would crash.

I know Destroy’ and TweetDeck already….I’ll check out Janetter…thanks

mpig

I love Saezuri

gdsst

unfortunately for echofon, it has been discontinued for desktop -> http://www.echofon.com/twitter/desktops/index.html

Joel Lee

Oh no. That’s terrible news. :(