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The Power of Twitter: Tweet Apps and Clients

May 9th, 2008 @ 10:43am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Here are a few more tips and tricks that I’ve come across in the Twitter microblogging community:

Twemes: First introduced at DemoCamp by Rochelle Grayson, Twemes is a website that comprehensively sorts and categorizes the things people Twitter about as long as they put a hashtag in front of it. Example, those currently at DrupalCamp Vancouver will be Twittering and including #DCV08 in their updates. If I go to Twemes, or the DrupalCamp website that is aggregating the Tweme, I can see filtered updates specifically pertaining to #DCV08 because of that tag.

Hashtags: I discovered this months after Twemes was released and it follows the same concept although you need to add a “bot” to your account to use it. For Twemes, you don’t need to do anything except start using a hashtag in your keywords/updates.

TwitBin: An alternative to Twitterfox, this slips your Twitter steam into your Firefox sidebar.

Twidget: Add a Twitter widget to your Mac’s dashboard.

Twitter Local: Hat tip to Jeremy Latham for Twittering about this earlier. You can filter updates to only view those from people within your geographical vicinity

Twinkle: Hat tip to Jenn Loether and John Biehler: “A location aware Twitter client. It features a slick presentation not unlike the web version of PocketTweats but also locates you and enables you to see who else is using Twinkle near you.” – [JohnBiehler.com]

Twitter Tweet Sheet: “There’s one things that annoys me about Twitter. Okay, there are two things: 1. They are always down. 2. There doesn’t seem to be one official place (including their own site) to get a complete list of mobile and IM commands.” – [Jason Theodor.com] Jason compiled an “easy to print” card that you can take with you for on-the-go Twittering.

And just for kicks you can read more about “Top Twitter Apps” on these lovely sites:

  • Twitter Fan Wiki
  • Top 10 Twitter Apps
  • Top 12 Twitter Apps for Your Phone

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    12 comments

    1. John Biehler says:

      Another often overlooked feature of Twitter is the mobile version (m.twitter.com) which works great on most phones.

      I use it on my iPhone since it’s super quick loading and ultra low bandwidth. It’s not as pretty as the other web versions but it gets the job done until I get an unlimited browsing plan from Rogers.

      Oh and don’t forget about Twitter SMS. Cool features like ‘track’ don’t work on the web – make sure you track your own username to get all the @replies to you – even if you don’t follow the person replying to you.

    2. Wow, I use Twitter but holy crap this is insane. I feel like I need to take a course just so I can figure out all the various Twitter apps out there, lol. Amazing how far communication has come in the last 20 years. Pretty soon I will be able to have a thought and it will automatically post that thought to my blog, lol. Technology……………

    3. fotoeins says:

      ARGGHGHGGHGH … more bookmarks added for evaluation …

    4. Raul says:

      I would have sworn I posted a comment, but not sure if it was this one or the previous one. Anyways… I *love* Twitter and I’m in love with Twhirl. :)

    5. I would, undoubtedly, rate Twhirl as the best Twitter app, for the sole reason that it is lightweight, has loads of features and supports other similar networks such as Pownce and Jaiku.

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