I’ve searched the web for Twitter clients in the past to help streamline my whole Twitter experience. For a long time, I couldn’t find anything that was enough of an improvement over the default Twitter web page, so the default web page was what I went with—until now.
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I’ve finally found two Twitter desktop clients that are simple to use and get the job done, on a Mac and on Windows.
Tweetbot is my preferred Twitter desktop client for Mac. Though I did pay all of $9.99 for it, it’s been worth the money. Tweetbot can be as inconspicuous as you want; it sits on your desktop in half-screen mode, expands to full-screen mode if you’d like, or you can minimize it or keep it running in the background. The Tweetbot icon shows up in your Mac’s menu bar at the top of your screen.
- You’ll see your Twitter account picture in the left-hand panel. Your timeline is first item on the list, shown with the talk bubble icon. All your Twitter pals’ tweets display in real time in the main panel of Tweetbot.
- The “@” symbol displays all the tweets where you get mentioned. Click on it to show those tweets in the main window of Tweetbot, where you can like, retweet, and respond to them.
- Third down the list is the envelope icon, which you can click to display all your messages from Twitter. Read and respond as you like.
- The icon that looks like a heart rate monitor symbol informs you of your recent activity on Twitter.
- Fifth down the list is the search icon, which you can use to search Twitter and to browse trends and people.
- The heart symbol shows all your Twitter likes.
- Clicking on the person icon shows your Twitter account page in the Tweetbot window.
- The symbol of lines that resemble a page shows the lists you’ve created for followers using Twitter’s categories feature.
- The talk icon with an x in the middle is used for muting filters.
When you see a blue dot near any of the icons in the left-hand panel, it means there’s new activity there.
At the very bottom of the left panel, you will see a symbol that shows three columns. This lets you open new individual lists, searches, columns, and windows.
Overall, this is the best Twitter client for Mac desktop use. Check it out at the Mac App store.
Windows 10 offers the free Twitter desktop app, but I’ve found Tweetium to be the best Twitter app available in the Microsoft app store.
Tweetium can be snapped into part of your screen to keep it in view, or you can minimize it while you’re doing something else. I downloaded the free trial version; the paid version is only $2.99, which I’ll no doubt pay once my free trial is up.
Tweetium’s setup is simple. The menu on Tweetium is along the top. You can customize the look of Tweetium in the settings, which I’ll cover shortly.
The menu along the top displays “Timeline,” “Connect,” “Messages,” “Trending,” “Me,” and an arrow pointing downward.
- Clicking on “Timeline” shows the tweets in your Twitter feed.
- “Connect” shows the mentions of you by others on Twitter.
- “Messages” displays all your private direct messages from Twitter accounts.
- “Trending” shows local (when you have location enabled) and worldwide trends at the moment.
- “Me” shows your Twitter account page and your tweets.
- The down arrow, when clicked, will show your Twitter lists. Click on it again to hide your lists.
On the right-hand side of Tweetium, you click on the pencil icon to write a new tweet. You also have the option to tweet a picture or video, or take a live photo with the camera icon in the lower left of your tweet box.
The search icon does just that—lets you search Twitter.
The three small dots, when clicked on, will open a selection box. The options there are “New Window,” “Go to Last Read,” “Force Refresh,” “Column View,” and “Settings for the Tweetium App.”
Within Settings for Tweetium, you have choices for “Personalization,” “Preferences,” “Notifications,” “Advanced Options,” “Accounts,” “Tweetium Pro,” and “About” Tweetium.
Tweetium is simple, but it does a good job of covering most Twitter users’ needs. (Note: If you have multiple Twitter accounts, you’ll need to purchase the Pro version of Tweetium to have it juggle them all.)
There you have it—the two best Twitter desktop clients for Mac and Windows in 2017.