Hello, my name is Jenny (@_random_) and I am a Twitter addict. Okay, not really and nothing even close to @kosmatos, but close enough that I check Twitter many times a day at work and on my iPhone to see what is going on. I don't follow many people and not many people follow me, but I like the interactions I have with those people and sometimes good conversations and suggestions come up. Sometimes I just write random stuff because I am bored. But I guess that if there is a point to Twitter, that is it.
So, ever since I have come back from the PDC, I have been using the Seesmic desktop client for Twitter, and although not perfect, it seemed to "do the job" although something was annoying me about it and yesterday I figured out what it was: the scrolling! When I scroll, I don't want to have to spend a few seconds finding the last tweet I was reading. It's annoying and it breaks the "flow". And so began my search for the perfect Twitter client this morning.
Now, if you are expecting an indepth review of Twitter clients, you are reading the wrong blog post. I didn't go looking for THE best Twitter client. I went looking for the best one for ME. So what was I looking for? I had no idea, but I figured I would know it when I saw it. So the first client I installed after uninstalling Seesmic was Tweetdeck, which many people at Xceed seem to enjoy using so I figured that it was probably a safe bet. A couple of minutes later, I was up and running with Tweetdeck and a couple of minutes later it was unistalled. Yes, it scrolled better than Seesmic but I found it hard to differentiate between my tweets, those that are replies to my tweets, and all the other noise. I really hate the new "Blend" themes (if that's what they are called). Use color people!! Black, white, and multiple shades of gray are not the best colors to use when you need to differentiate things. If you insist on using them, at least give me the option to change or customize them to something that I will like. Yes, I know this is a matter of opinion, but I told you I was looking for the perfect Twitter client for ME, not for YOU (I'm talking to you @superdupercat! )!
While on Tweetdeck, @ftdube sent me a tweet telling me to try Digsby, so I did. As soon as Tweedeck was uninstalled, I downloaded and installed Digsby. I would like to say that I actually tried it; however, when I attempted to add my MSN account in addition to my Twitter account (hey, it's also an IM client) it said my password was "too long". Excuse me? My password is too long? Ummm. No. I didn't even try it as a Twitter client. If it can't handle 24+ character passwords, it has no business being client for anything.
After my failed Digsby attempt, I took a look at the Twitter web interface to see what clients people were sending from. I saw many Tweetdecks and some Seesmic, but other than that it seemed to be all iPhone apps. "iPhone apps!! Maybe Twitterrific is available for Windows" I thought to myself. So off to the Twitterrific website I go only to be disappointed that there is no Windows version available. I love Twitterrific on my iPhone. It just works and it's easy to find/see what I am looking for. But alas, I was to be disappointed one more time.
At this point I am getting frustrated and thinking about going back to Seesmic since the only thing that actually bugged me was the scrolling. After quick consideration I decided to go back to the Twitter web site to see if they had a list of clients that they recommended. Lo and behold, right beside the listing for Twitterific was Twhirl. I had seen some tweets that originated from Twhirl before so I decided to try it out. Why? Honestly, because it looked pretty in the screenshot. No black/white/gray theme. 45 minutes later, I am still using it.
So what was I looking for? I think in the end it came out to "easy". I want it to be easy. I want to easily see what I tweeted, who replied, and whatnot without having to really think about it. The fact that it can stay on top of other windows (with or without opacity) and also that fact that it has a built-in spell checker just made it that much better for ME.
So that's it. My search for my "Perfect Twitter Client" has come to an end. For now