Twitter’s the place where I make my social media home. I seldom visit Facebook or LinkedIn, even though I have profiles there. No, short, sharp message exchanges with a community of friends and acquaintance is the thing for me.
But how best to use Twitter on my Mac?
Yesterday rate limits struck and I tried using the web interface, because my Twitter clients just wouldn’t work. My conclusion: the web is definitely not any way to try to work with Twitter. It’s clunky, annoying, and just unfriendly.
I’ve tried a few Twitter clients on my Mac, but find that no one is quite right for me. My perfect Twitter client would amalgamate features from several.
YoruFukurou highlights relates tweets
Right now I seem to have settled on YoruFukurou, after recently using Nambu that I switched to from Tweetie.
It first endeared itself to me when I used
Command + and the text enlarged. Hooray! I’ve had problems with text size in Twitter since I bought this new MacBook Pro a couple of months ago.
Badges on the avatars show status, such as unread tweet, doesn’t follow me, retweet. Press the Spacebar to go from one unread tweet to the next.
Open the drawer with any tweet selected and there’s information about the person, and easy ways to DM them, and check Follow status.
I also like the
APIs left information at the bottom of the window.
A favourite feature is the way it highlights related tweets so you can easily see what a reply was actually replying to, for example.
In fact, there’s a lot I like about YoruFukurou. But it doesn’t seem to handle multiple accounts, and it doesn’t actually hide read tweets.
I switched to Nambu when I bought the new Mac. I was hoping it would have better sized text than Tweetie (it doesn’t), but I liked its flexibility with multiple accounts.
I’ve only ever translated one tweet, as it happens, but Nambu has a command for that right on each tweet.
The delight of Mute became apparent when some Twitterpals were tweeting every moment (it seemed) of a soccer match. All I need to know about any soccer match, if I need to know anything at all, is who won. Nambu allowed me to Mute the user and to select the duration.
I love the way Nambu greys out read tweets and gives you a button to hide them altogether.
And the ability to open a new window to write a tweet is a gem.
But the largest font is still too tiny.
Tweetie also allows you to write a tweet in a separate window.
One of its great features though is being able to preview where a shortened URL will take you.
It’s been a while now since I really used Tweetie, so I can’t easily recall what else I liked about it. As I look at it now it seems a little feature-poor.
Put them together
I’d like a Twitter client that:
- has properly resizeable text
- previews shortened URLs
- greys out and perhaps hides read tweets
- puts useful badges on avatars
- highlights related tweets
- handles multiple accounts
- lets you compose tweets in a separate window
- lets you mute a user for a customisable amount of time
For the time being I’m sticking with YoruFukurou — being able to enlarge the font size is a winning feature, and it just feels good.
What do you like in a Mac Twitter client? What’s your favourite?