Sobees- The Best Windows Twitter Client You’ve Never Heard Of

Evan Wondrasek 17-03-2010

<firstimage=”//” />sobees-thumbAccording to Twitstat, the most popular Twitter clients include applications like Tweetie, TweetDeck, and Seesmic.  Sobees, a free Twitter client for Windows, doesn’t even make the list – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out.


When I’m considering a new Windows Twitter client, there are a few criteria I look for each time: customizability, support for multiple accounts, lists (preferably in columns), native retweet functionality, and all the standard features from the web interface.  Sobees includes all of these features along with great support for Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn.

The Sobees Windows Twitter client is built in .NET so it and works with Windows XP, Vista, and 7.

Customizable Layouts

One of the best features of Sobees is its extremely customizable layout.  After you’ve added your social networks accounts, click the Change Layout button to select from any of 16 different layouts.




You can then assign different portions of the layout to each of your social networks by dragging and dropping them.


View In Columns Or Tabs

Your social networks will be displayed in a tabbed view by default.  This is great if you are working on a small screen, but you can easily change it to a separated column view (like TweetDeck) which is much easier to use.

To switch to the column view, click the Settings button for the particular service you are using then click the View in Columns button.




You will now have a column layout just like TweetDeck, and you can add or remove specific columns by clicking the buttons on the left.



Twitter Lists

Sobees has full support for Twitter lists.  You can select your lists via the dropdown box at the top of the Twitter section.

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After selecting a list, it will appear as a new column.



Updating Multiple Services Simultaneously

You can update your social networks individually, but Sobees also includes a unified update button which you can use to update your social networks all at once.  To update your status, click the Update my status on multiple services button then select the networks you would like to post to.


Additional Social Networks

Sobees is more than just a Windows Twitter client; it also supports Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn.  Facebook support includes full access to your news feed, inbox, friends list, profile, and events.

Best of all, you can filter items in your news feed by using the buttons on the left side of the Facebook section.


Languages & Themes

Sobees can be customized to use English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian and also includes 5 different visual themes.  To access these settings, click the Gear icon in the top right of Sobees.



Sobees is a great Twitter client that includes all of the features applications like TweetDeck and Seesmic offer but in a much more customizable package.  Sobees is still in a beta version so don’t be surprised if you find a few bugs, but the development team seems to be very active.  This is definitely one of the best Twitter applications I have ever used, and I hope it grows in popularity in the future.

If you’ve enjoyed the Sobees desktop application, you might also want to check out their web-based application, Sobees Web.

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  1. hamcake
    April 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Found Sobees when I was looking for a lightweight alternative to Tweetdeck. Memory usages is around 8 - 60 MB, so there could be some improvements in this. I haven't noticed any unusual CPU usage.

  2. Robert M
    March 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Looks really good, but I love tweetdeck too much now to switch over.

  3. Fejorca
    March 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Used last week, it consumed 20% of cpu and almost the same ammount of memory as tweetdeck

  4. MaryO
    March 18, 2010 at 6:45 am

    There is retweet but it is hard to find - you have to mouse over the avatar and RT and a few other options are there.

  5. Imee
    March 18, 2010 at 4:18 am

    So, no retweet like Echofon eh? But I'll still try this out for when I'm not tweeting on my phone, Mac, or using Firefox.

    • Evan Wondrasek
      March 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      Yep it does indeed have native retweet, just hold your mouse over the user's icon to see all of the options.