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5 Twitter clients for Linux

Himanshu Arora | May 12, 2014
Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

Turpial's attractive interface supports multi-column layouts and multiple accounts.

The client also provides a way to schedule tweets via the Dubbed Messages Queue, which lets you add your tweets to a queue; each tweet is then sent out after a certain time period, the default being 30 minutes.

Turpial lets you customize update frequency, statuses per column and queue frequency. It also provides various services such as Twitpic, img.ly, pic.twitter.com and more, to shorten URLs and upload images, and also lets you set up your favorite Web browser to open links.

Turpial provides auto-completion of nicknames, which means that it gives you related suggestions as you type Twitter handles. This comes in handy, especially when the names are long or have to be typed in frequently.

The client uses your system's built-in notification system to alert you, which saves you from checking the client window again and again. Below every tweet there are icons for retweet, quote, reply, delete or mark the tweet as favorite, which let you perform basic Twitter actions easily.

Other considerations

When Turpial loaded for the very first time, it froze at the startup screen. After a bit of Googling, I figured out that it was due to the fact that libturpial needed to be upgraded. I downloaded libturpial 1.7.0 and manually installed the new version.

Apart from the library issue, there are some other areas where Turpial falls short. For example, images are not displayed inline, the tweet compose area pops up as a separate window rather being a part of the main window, notifications do not include any information apart from the number of new tweets and there is no auto spell checker.

Bottom line

Turpial is a decent Twitter client that is customizable and offers some great ease-of-use features such as multicolumn layouts. Although the client falls short in some areas, it does pretty much everything the average Twitter user needs it to do.

Conclusions

Each Twitter client reviewed here has its own pros and cons.

TTYtter is definitely not for end users. Rather, it's for pros like system administrators who may do a lot of work using command-line interfaces. Although it provides a great mix of features and customization options, the fact that everything is command-based could be a deterrent for many.

Although promising, Polly and Birdie are still works in progress. Although these are the only two clients reviewed here that display inline images, the feature doesn't make up for the fact that Polly is buggy and Birdie seems to be quite minimalistic. However, I really liked Birdie's user interface, which looked comparatively more professional and easy to use.

Turpial is a good Twitter client, offering all the basic Twitter functionality along with a decent level of customization. But that's not enough to beat Choqok. Not only does Choqok offer a bucket full of features, but it allows customization of the color scheme, tool bar and more. It's definitely the winner in this batch of clients.

 

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