In March, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down its TweetDeck iOS and Android apps. That's bad news for TweetDeck devotees, but good news for Twitter--I'm betting that the social network plans to funnel users to its own app, which offers basic functionality but allows the company to display paid tweets (better known as ads).
Although I love Twitter's main app for its simplicity and ease of use, that doesn't mean it's for everyone. TweetDeck offered features such as scheduled posts, multiple-account management, and Facebook integration. If you're missing those extra functionalities, you may want to look for an alternative.
No matter which smartphone platform you use, there's a Twitter app for you. Which app you choose ultimately depends on what you want to do with your Twitter life--whether it's reading tweets while you're on the road or managing five different company accounts--but we selected a few of the best.
iOS Twitter power users should check out Echofon, a clean yet customizable free universal app that can handle multiple Twitter accounts seamlessly. Echofon, which is also available for Android and Mac OS X, has everything you need in a Twitter app, including a fully customizable interface, push notifications, and a "signature" syncing feature that keeps unread tweets synced between your devices. If you're halfway through reading your Twitter stream on your iPhone, you can open your stream on your Mac and keep reading right where you left off.
My favorite thing about Echofon is its customizable interface. The app lets you pick a theme--the default is "plain," but you can choose from black, grey, blue, red, pink, purple, green, orange, and brown--as well as the font size (between 12- and 20-point), the username display style, and whether photos appear directly in your timeline. You can also choose to have tweets stream in real time, as opposed to your manually refreshing them by pulling the stream down (although you can do that, as well).
Echofon is one of the nicest iOS Twitter apps, with seamless multiple-account functionality, the ability to create lists, and push notifications every time you get an @ mention, receive a direct message, have a tweet favorited, or gain a follower. But its real strengths are its live-streaming capability and its unread-tweet syncing feature, especially if you like to switch between devices quickly. The biggest drawback is the ads, which are more obtrusive than usual, but you can get rid of them by purchasing the $5 Pro version.
I'll admit it: I'm not a fan of most Twitter apps, no matter how many features they have, because they're simply not functional. Many Twitter management apps that have extra bells and whistles (such as multiple-account management, lists and profile editing, muting, and easy media uploading) are difficult to glance at and actually read. But that isn't the case with Twicca. This full-featured Android-only Twitter client is simple, lightweight, and extremely usable.
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