Not since the Cola Wars of the 1980’s has the world seen such an epic battle for consumer dollars. The Great Twitter App Wars of the early 2000’s have spawned debate and some fantastic apps for iOS and Mac OS X. My favorite is Twitterrific. Here are three reasons to use the recently-released Twitterrific 4 for Mac.
- Color coding. Many people have publicly posted a tweet that was meant to be a direct message. Twitterrific lens a hand by color-coding your tweets, both sent and received. Direct messages are blue, mentions are brown and your own tweets are green. Timeline tweets are either black or white, depending on the theme you’ve selected. Best of all, a direct message is a darker brown than a tweet that simply mentions you. All of this makes it super easy to see what’s what at a glance.
- The collapsable sidebar. The Twitterrific sidebar displays lots of useful information, like tweets, messages, mentions and favorites, plus saved searches, lists and trends. I like to run it fully collapsed, so that only each function’s icon is visible (see above). It saves a lot of space on my MacBook Air’s little display.
- Multiple timelines. From the Timeline menu, select New Timeline (Command-T) to open a new window to follow a second (or third, etc.) account. For those of you who must monitor more than one account at a time, this works well. Otherwise, you can keep one window open and use Command-J to toggle between accounts. Note that the paid version is required for multiple account support.
There’s much more to this app, and I suggest you check it out here. Asking people about their preferred Twitter client has nearly become as personal as religion. Dozens of options exist, some differing only slightly, so you’ve got to find that one aspect that wins you over. For me, it was these three.