Tweeting 101: 6 Essential Twitter Apps

Weekly Smartphone App Roundup

Love it or hate it, nobody can deny Twitter is an adaptable medium, whether for news feeds, promoting artists or blogs, communication between friends or business associates, and sometimes as a comedic outlet. One thing's for sure, when it comes to microblogging, the smartphone is where many tweets are conceived. With Twitter apps being a dime a dozen, we searched high and low to compile this list of 6 that are guaranteed to please.

iOS

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Left: Tweetbot - Right: Twitterific

Tweetbot
One of the most popular Twitter apps on the iPhone, Tweetbot offers one of our favorite UI presentation, loading quickly and allowing gesture navigation. Sliding left on any tweet opens up the conversation surrounding any given tweet in your feed, while swiping right shows options such as reply, retweet, favorite or sharing choices. And when someone you're following goes on a rant you're not interested in (but you don't want to block them) you can mute them temporarily. $3

Twitteriffic
Twitterific 5 was released days ago and I find myself torn between my beloved Tweetbot and this stunning new update. The layout is unique and customizable, with changeable font, font sizes, avatar size, line spacing, and light or dark theme. One special feature that Twitterific fanatics love is the option to filter your timeline with specific trends or people, making sitting down in front of a waterfall of tweets an easier affair. $3

Android

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Left: Plume - Right: Falcon Pro

Plume
One of Android's biggest selling features is its customizable widgets. Plume takes full advantage of this customization with a beautiful Twitter feed widget, allowing users to set customizable colors for specific people you follow on Twitter to differentiate who's who. You can manage multiple Twitter accounts, mute users, geotag your tweets, and Plume even autocompletes hashtags and usernames for optimized tweeting. Free - $5 Ad-Free

Falcon Pro
For a sharp, sophisticated,and elegant Twitter experience on your Android, Falcon Pro fits the bill quite nicely. Not to say that this app is all looks and no brain; Falcon Pro totes some helpful features like tweet drafts, real time notifications, double sliding menus, extra smooth scrolling, offline favoriting, faster loading times and tablet compatibility. $1

Windows Phone

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Left: Tweetcaster - Right: Rowi

Tweetcaster
Tweetcaster is available across all mobile platforms, however it seems best suited while on a Windows Phone. Twitter lovers will adore its emphasis on speed and convenience, and Tweetcaster's timeline search function can come in extremely handy. It's these features as well as the "zip it" mute function (silence annoying users), alongside keyword search that makes Tweetcaster one of our favorite Windows Phone apps. Free - $5 Ad-Free Also available for iOS/Android

Rowi
Last, but certainly not least, is Rowi a Windows Phone exclusive. Twitter photographers will love the picture editing feature, designed in conjunction with popular service, Aviary, to create/upload photos for your followers to see or change your profile picture. And one of our favorite option is the TweetMarker support; this allows you to pick up where you left off on your Twitter feed from one device or desktop then onto another, so you won't have to double back minutes or hours. $1.50

In the end your Twitter client of choice is as unique as your Twitter account with the people you choose to follow and what you choose to say. What Twitter app do you like to use and what makes it work so well for you?

(Image: Jason Rodway; as linked above)