Tweetie has, for a long time, been the Twitter client of choice in the iCreate office because it performs most of the tasks you need simply and effectively. It’s unobtrusive and can be set to notify you of new direct messages and mentions. The iPhone version is just as good.
This client provides a clean way to manage your tweets in a sexy opaque window that includes all tweets, DMs and mentions in a single flow. The window can be dragged to any size you require making it perfect for the busy desktop and the Dock icon shows how many unread tweets you currently have.
Rather than a simple in-line list, TweetDeck shows off your tweets in columns featuring your lists, direct messages and mentions. It also offers support for Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace and can play YouTube video.
We’ve been flirting with this app a little more of late and are finding it quite handy. The main window is clean and a slick drawer slides out when more information on a user is required. Cute icons appear in tweets to show images or conversations between you and others. If used in conjunction with the iPhone version of Echofon, tweets are synced between the two.
Socialite, like TweetDeck, handles more than one social networking service and does a damn good job. As a Twitter client it’s well designed and offers everything you could want, including a great “profile peek” feature for following users without following them. It also boasts the most attractive icon.