DestroyTwitter – A Fantastic, Free, Lightweight & Powerful Twitter Client

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destroytwitter   DestroyTwitter   A Fantastic, Free, Lightweight & Powerful Twitter ClientIf 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 own.

For me, DestroyTwitter is a new love story, and it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a Twitter client. It all started about a week ago, when I was desperate for a good Twitter client and let the world know about it:

Twitter user @compmike recommended DestroyTwitter, I gave it a shot, and found a client that’s more than decent.

Who It Is For

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Just because DestroyTwitter is perfect for me, doesn’t mean it’ll be everything you need. Most importantly, DestroyTwitter does not support multiple Twitter accounts, and also doesn’t support multiple social networks. If you were looking for a monolithic client for your half a dozen Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Orkut, and whatnot accounts – this isn’t it. DestroyTwitter is laser-focused on just one use case – a single Twitter account. If you want something more powerful, check out Seesmic.

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What It’s Like

In a word – focused.

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What you’re seeing above is the single-column view, which is how I generally use Destroy Twitter. If you drag out the bottom-right handle, you can open up multiple columns:

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Naturally, you could control how many columns you want to view, as well as how they are ordered.

Searching

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DestroyTwitter understands that Twitter is alive. When I search for something, I want to keep seeing tweets about it that are sent after I’ve already searched. So the search view is constantly updated, and you can use it to monitor any topic of interest (like our awesome blog – just saying).

Replies

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DestroyTwitter makes it easy to reply to tweets in context. When you click the Reply button, a pane at the bottom of the window slides open, showing the original tweet at the top and your reply right under. URLs are automatically shortened when you paste them in, and you can easily pick what URL shortening service to use (j.mp, bit.ly, is.gd, or good old TinyURL).

You can also upload a file right from within DestroyTwitter, to one of a number of services. In short, replying to tweets (and composing new ones) is super-easy.

Preferences

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For such a small application, DestroyTwitter offers a generous amount of preferences. The default font was a bit small for me, so I just made it larger. Also, I wanted DestroyTwitter to always be running, so I made it close to the systray rather than really close. Also, if you don’t like the default dark look, DestroyTwitter ships with eight different themes, including light and airy ones like this Clean and Comfortable theme:

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Memory Footprint & Responsiveness

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After days of running, DestroyTwitter only takes up 47MB of RAM on my system. That’s less than what a single Chrome tab often takes up, so I’m very happy with that aspect of the app. Other AIR and Silverlight clients tend to be heavy, but DestroyTwitter somehow manages to remain lightweight. That is also felt in the UI. The application is consistently responsive, and doesn’t lag even when I reactivate it after a long period of dormancy.

Final Thoughts

DestroyTwitter is simple, reliable, free, and it works. What more could you want from a single-user Twitter client? I just hope that the author is never tempted to add any extra features.

Let us know what you think of the app.  What’s good and bad about it?

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Lee

I use DestroyTwitter as my client, but I really dislike that it only goes back to a limited amount of tweets. I really wish it would start from your last unread tweet because I always end up missing tweets more than a day or two ago.

Erez Zukerman

You can press the cogwheel on the top-right corner of the current feed, and go to Tweets Per Page > 200. Combined with marking tweets as read, this should work pretty well I think.

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Mike

You may also like tweetz. A Windows Sidebar gadget. http://blueonionsoftware.com/tweetz.aspx

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bobulated

Tried it and it could be a great client but… no way to make lists or view currents lists. Kind of a major omission IMHO.

bobulated

Checked out the link to seesmic though and that is the client I’m looking for, much better than tweetdeck!

Erez Zukerman

I’m glad you like Seesmic! Yeah, it answers totally different needs.

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DivinoAG

I used to like DestroyTwitter a lot, but after it stopped being updated ages ago, it really got behind the times.

My current favorite is MetroTwit (.com). It’s also very focused if you want, or you can make it really versatile with multiple columns. It’s much easier to use than DT, and seeing details of users, conversations and searches is smooth as butter. And it have the feature many Android clients have but almost no desktop client has: not scrolling when you get new tweets, it keeps the list where you last read. Works beautifully.

It does get a LOT larger in memory usage than DT, but in my opinion is totally worth it.

DivinoAG

BTW, MetroTwit can also manage and view your lists as a column on the app.

Erez Zukerman

That looks attractive! How much RAM does it consume?

Does it have a dark theme? (I didn’t see anything mentioned about themes in the homepage)

DivinoAG

Yes, it does have a dark theme which looks awfully like DT, by the way. You can choose between those two, there are no options for custom themes.

Considering the number of columns I use (five currently), this takes around 150Mb of RAM. So it’s considerably larger on that front. It may be less if you stick with just the essential columns, and it does get a little larger in time, but it’s pretty fast to open and close, and it does save your read status, so you can always close and reopen to clear some memory quickly.

Other features I really like:
– Great notification system, highly configurable.
– Displays image links in-app, with option to open in browser.
– Tooltips for links auto-expand shortened links.
– Clicking on a user name or hashtag pops-out a separate column with that user/search query’s tweets (with really fast infinite scroll), with a Pin icon letting you add this column to your permanent ones.
– Trends icon shows trending words on all areas recognized by Twitter, and lets you see trends from other previous weeks/days.

I try pretty much every client out there (I’m really picky), and as far as pure Twitter clients go, this one is IMHO the best available for Windows.

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Synfidie

Ha, i didn’t know that there WERE desktop twitter things out there. Then again, I’m a rather new Twittery person..twitterish…twitterer..ahh whatever.

I will check out the above two mentioned ones. I find the default twitter view aggravating and would love an alternative.

Erez Zukerman

If you’re a beginner, or just not totally into Twitter (I’m not), DestroyTwitter is great. Like I said in the article (and DivionAG says below), DT is not a powerhouse, but it’s really great for individual use.

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Meidimi

will try it out

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Madis

DT is a great Twitter client for people who use Twitter a lot. But who use it less…

Wish it had a Chrome extension.

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