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Tweetie for Mac

A twitter client.

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Tweetie, the desktop Mac client that lets you stay connected but still get stuff done

  • Apr 23, 2009
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You can download and use tweetie for free for as long as you want in an ad-supported version (much like twitteriffic), which is more than fair since the paid version will run you about $20.

I switched to Tweetie from Tweet Deck, the much heralded Adobe Air-based twitter client that is probably most famous for being able to separate your followers into groups and its facebook integration that allows you to read your contacts' status updates alongside you twitter feed. I don't follow so many people to really need the groups, but I like Tweetie way better so far.

If you've used a desktop twitter client, you've probably noticed one thing - they all make use of growl notifications, providing you with a visual and sometimes auditory cue when you've got unread tweets, @mentions, or direct messages. Tweetie doesn't have growl notifications (at least not yet) which I'm kind of thrilled about because I check my twitter feed with much less frequency and am actually able to get what little work I have, done in a timely fashion without constantly being distracted. Instead, there's a little menu bar icon that lights up when there are new messages. 

Other notable features: Threaded direct messages/conversations, really handy for catching up on what you missed and it looks great in the chat-like interface. Drill down user details as well as the ability to check if someone's following you back. Like most apps and web pages, there's also an available bookmarklet to share links with one single click. Easy trends search, and the ability to open those searches in a separate window.

It's definitely worth checking out if you're getting sick of the resource-hogging Adobe Air twitter clients on the market.

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August 05, 2009
This is a big help, Thanks!  I have TweetDeck on my MAC and I have been noticing that it is very glitchy. I'm going to have to try Tweetie! Thanks! 
May 03, 2009
I've just gotten the hang of using Twitter apps, so many thanks for this review! Twitter was definitely my friend through my period of twentysomething semi-employment. Have you heard of Blellow?
May 03, 2009
No, I haven't heard of it, but I'll definitely check it out. Sounds promising.
May 03, 2009
Let me know how you like it. From what I've heard from @Keter512, it's a bit like Twitter, but it's main purpose is to help out freelancers. It'd be great if it works!
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Tweetie is a client for Twitter, the social networking website. Its mobile version runs on iPhone and iPod Touch, while its desktop version runs on Mac OS X. It is one of the few mobile clients that allow users to manage multiple accounts. Tweetie sports a "native" iPhone look and feel, and aims to be lightweight and full-featured.

The vast majority of the Twitter REST API is supported in Tweetie, and it also supports the new search API.

Tweetie is the second most popular mobile app for Twitter followed by Echofon. Some similar applications include Twitterrific and TweetDeck.

The Mac OS X version of Tweetie has many of the same features as its portable sibling. It has a free ad supported version. The registered version costs $19.95. The beta of the mac version was leaked to the popular torrent site Demonoid a week before the official release.

Tweetie 2 is currently available for the iPhone.
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