When it comes to Twitter, I'm an early adopter.
I follow a lot of people and a lot of people are starting to follow me. That's nothing more than an observation and I don't feel anything but excitement as I'm discovering new tools and ways to use Twitter everyday (Let's strike up a conversation on twitter. I'm @timage).
In fact, one of my latest "tweets" mentioned that I am somewhat addicted to trying out new software. I am writing this post to simply share some of my favorites when it comes to navigating my twitter stream. Everyone has a favorite. That's why the comments are open...you have a chance to chime in if you'd like.
I like twhirl because it doesn't take up a lot of real estate on my computer screen. It offers a way to navigate through all of my @mentions, direct messages, and various search terms. It is quick and painless when I want to retweet or reply to someone. I can also follow or unfollow straight from within twhirl.
This is the Granddaddy of the twitter browsers. It offers the ability to open multiple columns so that you can filter your twitter-stream just about any way you want to. One thing I love about tweetdeck is the ability to create groups of people. If twhirl had this, I wouldn't have navigated over to tweetdeck. This program is a workhorse. Just recently, they added the ability to follow your Facebook friend's status updates. If you follow a variety of things on twitter, I highly recommend it.
The beauty of this app is that it works within my Firefox browser. It's simply another tab. It does a lot of the things that tweetdeck does without taking up additional real estate. I like it because I can typically log on to it from any machine with a web browser.
This one just may become my favorite. The only thing that would hold people back is it's for Mac OS only. Thus, I can't use it on my work computer. But this one is beautiful on my MacBook. This offers 3 different views of your twitter stream. A simple view, a sidebar view, and a column view that looks like tweetdeck. It's also highly configurable. There's a lot to love about this program if you have a Mac.
5. twitter web page
Sometimes you just have to go back to basics and twitter from twitter itself. I will often tweet from twitter.com when I need to get in and get a tweet out quickly from another computer. I also like to go there because I can view other people's profile pages and follow their link. If you are on the twitter web page for any length of time (in Firefox), I recommend you download the add-on PowerTwitter. It adds some nice features to your twitter page.
Do you use these programs or is there something else you like?
I didn't even mention mobile tweeting. There are some great twitter apps for the iPhone. One of these days I need to go out and get me one of those things.
Let your voice be heard. Leave your favorites below in the comments and make sure you leave a link so we know where to find your recommendation.