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Twitter has really become a part and parcel of our life. So much so that often there are times when you just can’t resist tweeting a line or two. Having a good day at the office or just came up with an idea for the next big thing, your followers ought to know about it!

But then there are considerations of not wanting to be seen tweeting while at work. Now we surely encourage you to do your work with all the required zeal, but it is always nice to know a tool or two that may be used in such a situation or are simple and plain fun to use otherwise as well.

Here are two of the ‘Undercover Twitter clients’, which give you an interface that people don’t generally associate with Twitter.


SpreadTweet gives you a Microsoft Excel-like interface to access Twitter. Your tweets are nicely listed as the contents of the spreadsheet and you can use the ‘formula bar’ to send out a tweet.

There are different versions available to match the look of Excel 2003, Excel 2007 or to match the Office OSX look and feel. Most of the buttons and options of the ‘Excel interface’ are non functional, but you can check replies, direct messages or refresh.

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The desktop version of this Twitter client requires Adobe AIR. There is also a web version which defaults to Office OSX look. With all the browser toolbars around, it may not be the best disguise ever, although full screen mode would look convincing if you are on a Mac. Overall – SpreadTweet looks convincing and does a good job at replicating the Excel interface, although the taskbar button gives it away easily.


Next up in line is Quitter. Quitter is a Twitter client that’s like tweeting from the command line. While this may seem archaic, Quitter offers some really cool features:

First and foremost, its only 43 KB in size and you don’t need to install it (though it requires .NET framework). Just double click the file and you are ready. Quitter then creates an XML file containing the configuration details. Quitter requires you to grant access to your Twitter account, it would take you to the Twitter page and generate a pin should you choose to allow it. Enter that pin in Quitter and you are ready to tweet.

Quitter can do most of the things that you would expect from a Twitter client. It allows you to:

  • Read, post, reply and retweet.
  • Organize the people you follow into groups and read tweets by group.
  • Filter tweets from specific users or that contain certain #hashtags.
  • Shorten URL’s
  • Easily open tweeted links from other users in your default browser (no copy/paste needed)
  • Send and receive direct messages
  • Follow or unfollow other users

All this is of course achieved via simple commands like:

Quitter is surprisingly functional and fun to use, although I am still wondering why it was named Quitter. Any guesses?

Both SpreadTweet and Quitter are handy applications that don’t look like Twitter clients. While SpreadTweet gives you an Excel-like interface, it offers limited functionality. Quitter offers nice features and a geeky command line interface that some of us cherish better than others!

Do you know of other Twitter clients that offer unconventional interfaces?

  1. Duane Roelands
    September 23, 2009 at 6:31 am


    I'm Duane Roelands, the author of Quitter. Thanks for blogging about Quitter!

    The name "Quitter" is a combination of the words "quiet" and "Twitter". No great mystery there.

    Quitter 2.0 is currently in development, and our goal is to allow you to read updates from your Twitter friends AND your Facebook friends in the same command window interface.

    Thanks for trying Quitter!

    --Duane Roelands

  2. Fenrir
    September 20, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Now we just need an undercover facebook app!

  3. venkat
    September 20, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I used quitter once its really fun tweeting from command prompt.

  4. Ron Davies Social Media Pro
    September 19, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Very cool clients. You can also force the API by means of command right in the tweet not to report the source of the tweet. This can be found under the "API" link at the bottom of any Twitter page. When you use this, it doesn't matter which client you use, it will mask the client ID. ;)

  5. danske
    September 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

    twitter = the fad of last year

    get over it

  6. Lee |
    September 19, 2009 at 9:39 am

    These two are really small handy useful tools for office users. Workers now are able to send tweets to others without worrying of boss around. Great sharing.

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