Mac desktop Twitter client roundup
KiwiKiwi looks and feels like it really wants to be Tweetie - but it’s nowhere close. Scrolling is jerky and the free version is much more annoying than the occasional ad in Tweetie.
EchofonEchofon was recommended to me as ‘very minimal yet complete’ and it is. For single account usage, Echofon is basically on par with Tweetie for usability, including keyboard navigation. However, multiple account support seems hackish - events in one account are very hard to notice when focused on another account. This is one thing Tweetie gets absolutely right.
If I only had one account to manage, I could seriously consider switching to Echofon.
NambuNambu is a bit fuller-featured in the UI department than the clients above, including Tweetie. Keyboard navigation is better than Tweetie (although it lacks some shortcuts) and about as buggy. Like Echofon, single account usage is great, and Nambu has some features I really dig, like thumbnails on twitpic-posts. Multiple account support in Nambu is excellent, with a choice between combining all timelines, and having them separated with use of a sidebar. Enabling the sidebar pops out an interface that resembles a cross between Tweetie and Mail.app, very clean.
If Echofon or Tweetie seem limited or minimal, Nambu is a great choice.
Note that adding an account to Nambu means you suddenly follow two extra accounts (@nambu and the developer). The checkbox to disable this behaviour doesn’t seem to work. Spammy if you ask me.
TweetDeckOn first startup, TweetDeck is very daunting. It more than fills my 13″ MacBook screen which is too much. I know that TweetDeck is -very- configurable but I did not feel up to the task. Additionally, TweetDeck notifications are not handled via Growl.
YoonoYoono, like TweetDeck, immediately took over my screen with absolutely nothing, asking me to configure my ‘columns’ from scratch. Too much hassle.
ConclusionAfter trying all these clients I went back to Tweetie. It may not be perfect but I’m too used to it. I’ll probably switch to Nambu sometime soon. Both Echofon and Nambu I will recommend to people when asked for Twitter client advice.
Update July 12th: I’ve switched to Nambu and I’m not switching back. Keyboard navigation is excellent (although a bit buggy at times). I do miss Tweetie’s Command-U to look at a specific user, but otherwise Nambu seems superior in many ways. I’ve updated the Nambu review above to account for bugfixes they made since.