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Twitter is quickly becoming one of the most used social networks on the planet. People are documenting their jobs and lives, 140 characters at a time. It’s become the norm for bloggers to have Twitter accounts, and nearly anyone with an online presence has a Twitter account (find me here!).

Despite all that though, I continue to dislike the way Twitter works, or used to work. For a long time, you had to go to the website, log in, type your 140, submit it, and then leave. Getting to the update was often longer than the update itself.

That got me looking for faster, simpler ways to update my Twitter status and read others. In my searching, I found a pretty huge number, but narrowed it down to the eight fastest, simplest, and most robust ways to update my Twitter status without ever typing “twitter.com”.

Here they are :

1. BeTwittered

twitter gadget for igoogle

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My homepage, in any of the browsers I use, is iGoogle How To Make Your Own Personalised iGoogle Gadgets How To Make Your Own Personalised iGoogle Gadgets Read More . Especially with the new canvas view, which a lot of people aren’t fans of, I’m able to access Gmail, Reader, the news, and a bunch of other great things all in one place. One of my favorite iGoogle gadgets is BeTwittered, where you can update your status as well as see other people’s updates and replies.

2. Digsby

update Twitter from IM

Digsby Why I'm Digging Digsby Why I'm Digging Digsby Read More is my IM client of choice, for a whole bunch of reasons; not the least of those is the fact that I can update and view my Twitter info right from it. By creating a new account under the “Social Networks” menu in “Accounts”, I can update my own status, as well as see others and write and view replies, all from within Digsby.

3. The Twitlet – Post to Twitter Bookmarklet

This one’s probably the simplest of the bunch: Just drag Twitelt bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, or bookmark it in any way you want. Then, anytime you want to tweet, click the bookmark. It brings up a tiny window asking what you’re doing. Type your 140, and then close the box. It really is that simple.

4. IMified

Even if you don’t have Digsby, you can still update your Twitter status from any IM client, by adding IMified as your friend (Mark did an article on Imified here Turn Your IM Program Into A Productivity Tool Using Imified Turn Your IM Program Into A Productivity Tool Using Imified Read More ). You can interact with IMified to do things like add to Google Calendar, your blog, your task list, and yes- Twitter. It’s as easy as sending an IM to either imified@imified.com or IMified, depending on your instant messaging program.

5. Your cell phone

update twitter from mobile sms

With a simple text message, you can update your Twitter status. You’ll have to connect your phone to your account, which you can do in the “Settings” menu at the top of your Twitter page. Once you set it up, just send a text message from your phone to 40404, and update away! You can also send a direct message by typing “d whoyou’resendingitto your message”. I use this all the time, because I always have my cell phone on me.

Careful, though- this is an easy way to rack up big texting bills.

6. Twhirl

Twitter desktop client

There are a ton of desktop applications out there for managing your Twitter account, but Twhirl seems to be the best and most popular. A free download, Twhirl lets you manage your Twitter account as well as several others, like Friendfeed and Seesmic. It offers several other features, which you can see on their website, but it does the basics- reading, writing, and following- really well. Being an Adobe Air app 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck 8 Adobe AIR Apps That DON'T Suck Read More , it works on Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

7. Ping.fm

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If you’re a social network heavyweight, Ping.fm ought to be a huge timesaver for you. You can use it from almost anywhere- phones, iPhones, IM, email, and their website, among others.

Ping.fm works with all your social networks, including Twitter, and you can post new stuff to one or all of the networks you choose. If you’ve got multiple micro-blogs, blogs or social networks, Ping.fm’s a great way to go.

8. Twitterbar

twitter firefox addon

This one’s another easy one for someone looking to update Twitter without all the hassle involved. Using an extension called “TwitterBar,” you can tweet just by typing into your Firefox address bar. Instead of pressing enter, you click a green button the extension puts in your address bar, and off to Twitter it goes.

It’s also great for tweeting links- just click the green button, and the address of the page you’re on goes right to Twitter.

9. Twitterific

Twitter app for iphone and ipod touch

This one’s just for people with iPhones and iPod Touches, but it’s worth mentioning. There are several applications for the iPhone and Twitter, but Twitterific is definitely the best. Boot it up, and all your Twitter information is right there, presented in an easy and attractive way. You can tweet pictures and text, mark tweets as favorites and view user information, as well as send and view replies.

Typing your 140 should be the longest part of using Twitter – now, with any of these nine applications, it can be.

Which ones do YOU use? Or do you use one not seen here? Why do you like the one you use? What features make it a keeper?

  1. idelia
    January 19, 2010 at 12:36 am

    thanks for sharing :)

  2. faisal
    November 24, 2009 at 2:51 am

    thank for this sharing

  3. zul
    November 3, 2009 at 1:14 am

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  4. KaRi from ThePrimeSpotcom
    October 25, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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  5. Confetti
    January 10, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Twidget all the way, baby. Unless I'm away from the computer, in which case I use my cell phone.

  6. rafacas
    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 am

    I use floodgap.com/software/ttytter/. It's a twitter perl client. It's only for real commandliners ;)

  7. BernardoP
    November 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I've been using TweetDeck for about a month now. It has some features that I love, like being able to search Twitter right from the app, or it has integration with 12seconds, which is another social network that use. I really recommend you check it out.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 2, 2008 at 8:45 am

      Oh yes! TweetDeck is what I'm using at the moment! I love how you have the three paned view and all your replies come in one pane and all your direct replies in another pane. Then ALL the tweets from ALL your contacts are streaming through the third pane.

      Very sweet.

  8. Heather
    November 1, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I mostly use twhirl but I also have beTwittered on my iGoogle page. The great thing about beTwittered is that it works even when Twitter is blocked (Twhirl won't work if Twitter is blocked either).

  9. magnoliasouth
    November 1, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I don't use it that much, but maybe I'll start. The thing that annoys me most is that you STILL can't post to Twitter via email. Why, WHY, WHY?! If you're at work and the site is blocked and your cell doesn't work so great in the building, you SHOULD be able to email the freaking thing.

    Besides all of that, when I'm at home I keep my gmail tab open at all times and then the other tabs vary. I shouldn't have to go to Twitter just to post a quick one... so I don't.

    *sigh* It is indeed very frustrating.

    • Mark O'Neill
      November 1, 2008 at 8:35 am

      Is Ping.FM blocked at work? If not, set up a Ping.FM account and update from there. But yeah I agree that an email option would be good.

      • magnoliasouth
        November 1, 2008 at 6:12 pm

        Oh thanks! I'll definitely give it a try (as well as some of the other ideas) on Monday.

  10. Shrihari
    November 1, 2008 at 1:58 am

    I use TwitterForiPhone. But, i don't have an iPhone. All that i've done is, i created an Application Shortcut to TwitterForiPhone using Google Chrome and it works fine like a desktop client for Twitter. I've also done this for few other web apps too. I've written about it here.

  11. David Pierce
    October 31, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    @ArpitNext- as much as I like TwitterFox, I always found it to be too distracting. It's really helpful, but there were too many popups and things getting in my way. It IS an awesome way to update your own status, though. Good call!

    @Jason- The Flock Sidebar RULES! Except that I don't like most of the rest of Flock. That's the only reason I didn't include it here- it involves using a browser I don't really like, for one sweet feature.

    Keep them coming, though! I know I missed some- tell me!

    • Jason
      November 1, 2008 at 12:34 pm

      Flock is basically just firefox. There isn't much to not like about it except that it's a bit bloated.

  12. Vikas SN
    October 31, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    David as Arpit said , you forgot twitterfox and also Twitter tools through which you can tweet from your own blog.

  13. Jason
    October 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    And the best.... flock sidebar. It's already built in.

  14. ArpitNext
    October 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    David, you missed the most powerful (& popular!) twitter client > TwitterFox. :(

  15. David Pierce
    October 31, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hey all,

    There's been an issue with the bookmarklet I posted- somehow, the link went wrong. Instead of using the one above, create one here. It'll work better for your own account that way.

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