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I don’t consider myself a hardcore Twitterer (tweeter?) even though I joined the Twitter scene pretty early on. I only started actively tweeting when social networks began aggregating content among each other. Since I’m an organisational freak, that worked out well for me. I pulled in stories from my tumblelog, loved tracks from my How To Auto-Post "Loved" Tracks to Twitter [Mac] How To Auto-Post "Loved" Tracks to Twitter [Mac] Read More account and my published works from MakeUseOf. That gave my followers something to read while I’m not actively updating on Twitter.

There are several really great Twitter desktop clients. TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop 4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients) 4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients) Read More seem to be pulling ahead of everyone in the race to be the best. I’m a TweetDeck user but to be honest, I don’t really like it. The interface is too “clunky”. The only reason I stuck with it for so long was because it allowed me to add multiple accounts and display mentions, tweets and DMs simultaneously. I have to admit that it’s quite a good tool; a power tool actually, for power Tweeps.

I’ve been contemplating on switching clients but haven’t quite found the right one. As a Mac user, I noticed Echofon as soon as it stepped into the scene. As tempted as I was, I couldn’t pull myself away from TweetDeck. But as of now, I can proudly announce that I’m a loving user of Echofon and it’s family of products: Echofon for iPhone, Echofon for Firefox and Echofon for Facebook.

Find out why.

Echofon for Mac

Well first of all, Echofon’s interface (as simple as it may be) is much more pleasing. Its single window, multiple-tabbed interface with the sliding drawer is really easy to use. New tweets are highlighted and notified by Growl.

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Clicking on a username invokes the drawer, showing you their tweets, followers and the those following — the latter is something TweetDeck can’t do.

What I really like from Echofon is the conversation viewer. We all know how messy mentions can become. One after another, they sort of get lost; and in TweetDeck, there isn’t really a way to view the flow of a conversation. With Echofon however, it detects if you have a conversation going on between another user. It’s indicated by the speech bubble next to the tweet.

Click on it and the drawer slides out with the entire conversation you had with the other person, making it really easy to recall what’s been thrown around.

Besides that, Echofon also includes the other basic Twitter functions and features like Direct Messaging, Follow, Unfollow, Block, Posting Photos, Link Shortening, Multiple Accounts and Search.

You can search for hashtags, mentions and user profiles. It will also show you the latest trending topics on Twittersphere.

And for me, Echofon’s trump card against TweetDeck is the ability to display all of your tweets. Scroll all the way to the bottom and it will automatically load earlier tweets. Twitter Lists will be implement in the next version.

And that’s not all. Oh no. It doesn’t end here. We also have to talk about Echofon for iPhone.

Echofon for iPhone

The interface looks very much like an upside-down version of its desktop counterpart. The similarity doesn’t end there — the iPhone app will do everything that Echofon for Mac is capable of, except for the conversation viewer which I mentioned above.

However, Echofon for iPhone does offer a very subtle, nice touch. You realise how many tweets often contain links? Echofon will open those links in its integrated browser. This allows you to click on a link, browse and see what’s up then easily return to Echofon. I really appreciate that feature. Now, I don’t hesitate to click on a link anymore.

I have to mention that Echofon is one of the few fully-functional iPhone Twitter apps that support push notification. In its free version, push notifications are limited to those sent by other Echofon users. In the Pro version, you’ll get the notifications regardless of the means by which they were sent; making it even easier to track your mentions and DMs on the go.

Now I’m sure that you’re wondering, what happens if you use both the iPhone app and desktop client? Does that mean that you’ll notified of the tweets twice? Fortunately, no — Echofon does all the dirty work for you once the setting is enabled in Preferences. If you have already read the tweets on your iPhone, they will be synced to Echofon’s server and marked as read. When you get home and launch Echofon for Mac, there will not be any annoying notifications to nag you about the 281 tweets that you’ve received throughout the day. Again, subtle but appreciated features.

How does the free version differ from the Pro version? For one, push notification only works between Echofon clients in the free version and is ad-supported. Secondly, the Pro version will allow you to add multiple accounts, change the theme, upload your photos to Flickr, has a landscape keyboard and a couple more features. If you don’t use those features, the free version is more than capable to handle your daily tweeting needs. Seriously.

Now, let’s quickly talk about Echofon’s iPhone app for Facebook.

Echofon for Facebook

What’s the difference between the official Facebook app and this one? Well, this one is simpler to navigate. It’s not packed with features but it will definitely help you get around Facebook and show you the things you really need to see. Here’s an example: if someone commented on my status, the official Facebook app will inform me via a notification bar at the bottom of the screen. I have to click on that to view my notifications and click on another link to view the comment. With Echofon for Facebook, there’s a page dedicated to notifications, where you can easily view what’s happening. I click on the friend who commented on my status and voila, the conversation appears.

Additionally, Echofon for Facebook also supports push notification for Facebook messaging between Echofon clients. This adds the functionality of SMS into a social network client. (For those interested in a proper messaging app for iPhone, be sure to read my article on WhatsApp WhatsApp - The Perfect iPhone Messenger App WhatsApp - The Perfect iPhone Messenger App Read More ). Sadly, it is also ad-supported but that hardly affects its usability.

In conclusion, if Echofon were to pride themselves with one achievement, it would definitely be subtlety.

Echofon for Mac is available for Macs running 10.5 and higher. For Windows users, try Echofon for Firefox; a fully-fledged Twitter client that works right out of a browser. Echofon for iPhone Free is available from the iTunes App Store [iTunes link] and so is Echofon for Facebook [iTunes link]. Echofon Pro for iPhone goes for $4.99.

Here’s the fun part: we’re giving away several promotional codes for Echofon Pro for iPhone courtesy of naan studios. These codes are redeemable in the iTunes Store worldwide. If you’d like to grab one, do something to attract our attention in the comments section. Winners will be picked randomly. Make sure to fill in your email address so that we can contact you.

Which Twitter desktop client or iPhone app do you use? Will you switch over to Echofon?

  1. Brian
    January 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

    So does reading this nearly a month late qualify me for a code? No? Aww crap.

  2. gcconspiracy
    December 31, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I have been a huge twitterfox/echofon fan for a while now, and love the firefox app... although this morning when I tried to buy echofon pro for my new iPod touch, I found out I cannot due so due to Canadian tax laws (apparently you can't buy apps with itunes cards in Canada). Anyways, if you could send me a code, that would absolutely make my day!

  3. dapy
    December 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I love Echfon.
    I want to echofon pro. Because echofon pro can only upload Flickr.

  4. Kimc
    December 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    HELLO, hello, hello! Can you hear me NOW, now, now? Get it - ECHOing effect as in ECHOfon?

    I know, lame attempt at humor.

    Anyway, feel free to send an Echofon code my way if you feel sorry for me! :)

  5. kilinkis
    December 13, 2009 at 9:09 am

    i totally love echofon. but.....
    previous versions used to auto short long URLs.
    now i does not!
    i totally miss that function, now i have to my URLs my own.
    thats sad and time wasting

  6. Lou Lange
    December 12, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I owuld love to get a copy of Echofon Pro if there is one for Firefox. I definitely like the ease of being able to monitor my tweets and enter new tweets with the click of an icon!

  7. Nicole
    December 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I really don't know what to do to get your attention, but Echofon Pro for my iPod would be awesome. I'm on this thing a lot. in fact, I'm posting this from my iPod right now!

    by the way, great site you have here. a little muffed I didn't discover it earlier!

  8. RRetsiem
    December 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Im already using Echofon for Mac and are very interested to retrieve a code for Echofon Pro iPhone.
    Hope to have some luck!

  9. Karl K
    December 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    In your e-mail edition, the "header links" said:
    Cool Websites and Tools [December 11th]
    Going Twitter Crazy With Echofon For Mac, Firefox and iPhone + Echofon Pro Giveaway!
    Fedora 12 – A Visually-Pleasing, Highly-Configurable Linux Distro You Might Want To Try
    5 Tips To Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

    I was interested in "Echofon" for Firefox, but when I read thru the text, it was FACEBOOK!

    • Jackson Chung
      December 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Karl,

      I didn't really review Echofon for Firefox however, I did add a link in there. It's basically the same as Echofon for Mac except it loads in Firefox.

  10. DOTSY
    December 12, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I love the syncing between apps! This makes echofon the best app for me! Unfortunatly i now have free echofon and i would like push always!

  11. iquanyin
    December 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    hey! i've been using all their stuff since day one! i talked up echofon facebook on facebook (and twitter), likewise w the iphone and mac clients. i'm taking jing shots of your screenies right now and posting on facebook--again.

    and i literally can't afford anything right now. but i'd adore the pro version!!!

    oh, i also talked echofon up in my googlewave.

    merry christmas, muo. you guys are my source for a whole lotta new stuff :D

  12. Don
    December 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I've been using the free version of echofon for quite a while now (started when it was twitterfon). It was a great app to begin with and has only gotten better with each new feature. My favorite new feature thus far is the ability to sync between the browser extension and the iphone app. It's great to get rid of all of that redundancy!

  13. Roman
    December 12, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    I've been using the free iPhone version since it came out (used twitterfon before), but never had the money to buy the full version. I hope I can finally use the pro version if I win the contest.

  14. Janne M.
    December 12, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Echofon is a popular iphone app in Finland.

  15. Soumen Halder
    December 12, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I've been a staunch firefox lover, since I got to know internet. And I also use echofon on firefox since I've known of it. Since most of my time is spent with this lovely browser, Echofon has been my best friend as far as Tweetering is concerned.

  16. Aarontay
    December 12, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Don't think I have a chance but sure would love to have echofon pro. In any case makeuseof is great.

  17. Scot Fowler
    December 12, 2009 at 4:51 am

    All I want for the holidays is

    E E
    ec ec
    ech ech
    echo echo
    echof echof
    echofo echofo
    echofon echofon

  18. thetechmonkey
    December 12, 2009 at 4:31 am

    please feed me a Echofon Pro for iPhone ;)

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    December 12, 2009 at 2:04 am


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  21. Nguyen
    December 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I've always been an Echofon fan since the day it was still called TwitterFox. now that I finally got an iPhone, having Echofon Pro on it only makes sense, no?

    also, if you choose me, how about I name my first born Makeusof (who cares if he's gonna be single for life?)

  22. mattb
    December 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    hi my name is matt and i'm a twitter addict. i use twitter for selfish reasons. purely selfish. i've been dishonest with my twitter clients... sometimes i'll have tweetdeck running on my desktop and i'll sneak into the next room and use the old echofon on my iphone where tweetdeck can't see me. i'm a monster, and i can't stop myself. i'm in a shame spiral now... but i do NOT want to kick this... not now. not ever! will you be my enabler? pls send me the free echofon pro code, but don't DM me -- email only -- so the other clients won't catch wind of what we're up to... i'm even thinking of leaving hahlo for good... for you. signed, tiger woods.

  23. Swiftman
    December 11, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I am a Twitter addict and I need help. I use (and love) DestroyTwitter on my computer, but I cannot find anything that fits my needs on my iPod Touch. I've tried so many things but never found anything good enough. Some how, I missed Echofon all of this time. I'd love to try it, but I don't want to spend more of my hard-earned money on a Twitter app that I don't KNOW that I'll love (I've done this enough already).

    Please help me,

  24. Josh
    December 11, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I need echofone pro so my wife will stop trying to beat me over the head with a frying pan.

  25. Doug
    December 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I visit this site everyday yet this might be my first post. My iPhone has been a really good boy this year, he gave me reliable coverage, never complained about some of the questionable videos I watch through him, and took to jailbreaking like a duck to water.

    So, Echofon Pro would be a nice present for the little bugger (I woulden't mind it myself :) )

  26. John
    December 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I've been a long time user of tweetie on my iPod Touch, but the developer's decision to stop updating & release v2 as a different paid app turned me off.

    I'm going to give Echofon a try, both on my mac & the touch.

    If you give me an Echofon Pro code I'll delete tweetie on both systems! ;)

  27. Henry silva
    December 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I use tweetie 2 for iPhone and mac, but echofon seems interesting too. Hope i win

  28. justme
    December 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm


    Tried to get Echofon Pro following you on facebook and saw the same chance here.

    Hope I get it this time :)

  29. John Bui
    December 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Echofon for iphone is amazing...a chance at echofon pro is even better!

  30. Antoine
    December 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Echo Echo Echo Echofon...I agree the best twitter add-on out there for Firefox and hopefully for my touch as well.

  31. Miles
    December 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I currently use tweetdeck-- both desktop (Win7) and my ipod.
    For a pro version, I just might switch. I used twitterfon and then echofon when it switched via firefox for awhile, but switched as I wanted a seperate client-- however echofon is looking pretty durn good again.
    Pro would be nice to see what it's up to. Only ever used the free verss.

  32. Lawrence
    December 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I loooooovvvveeeee echofonnnn it is so sleek but the 4.99 pricetag kept me waiting n I stuck with the free version. Let me see what pro is all about!!

  33. unbluk
    December 11, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I need Echofon for iPhone. I already use it on my Mac and its really great! I hope i win a copy! :D

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