Best Twitter apps for Mac

What is the best Twitter client app for Mac? There are a number of different Mac apps for Twitter users, but which Twitter app is the best one to use? In this feature we compare the best Twitter apps for Mac.

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  • 1 Twitter Twitter website
  • 2 Twitter for mac Twitter for Mac
  • 3 Tweetdeck Tweetdeck
  • 4 Tweetdeck Filter Muting content
  • 5 Twitteriffic Twitterrific
  • 6 Tweetbot Tweetbot
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Best Mac Twitter app for beginners: Twitter's own website

Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows you to write short messages (limited to 140 characters) known as 'tweets', and then share them with the world.

Anybody can 'follow you' on Twitter, which effectively means subscribing to your messages - they will see the tweets you write when they sign into Twitter. In turn, you can follow anybody else. People can also share your tweets with their own followers by tapping a Retweet button, Favourite them and reply to your tweets.

Beyond that you can also send direct messages to people you are connected with (people who you follow, and follow you) so Twitter makes a good messaging service.

The most basic way to access Twitter on your Mac is to head to www.twitter.com and start using the website. This is the most bare-bones Twitter experience, but the website is much more advanced than in previous years, so if it's been a while since you visited you should check it out.

For more advanced funtions, however, there are plenty of great Twitter apps for Mac users: these are dedicated pieces of software that allow you to use Twitter more effectively. We round up the best in this feature.

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The best Twitter accounts for Apple fans to follow

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Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows you to write short messages (limited to 140 characters) known as 'tweets', and then share them with the world.

Anybody can 'follow you' on Twitter, which effectively means subscribing to your messages - they will see the tweets you write when they sign into Twitter. In turn, you can follow anybody else. People can also share your tweets with their own followers by tapping a Retweet button, Favourite them and reply to your tweets.

Beyond that you can also send direct messages to people you are connected with (people who you follow, and follow you) so Twitter makes a good messaging service.

The most basic way to access Twitter on your Mac is to head to www.twitter.com and start using the website. This is the most bare-bones Twitter experience, but the website is much more advanced than in previous years, so if it's been a while since you visited you should check it out.

For more advanced funtions, however, there are plenty of great Twitter apps for Mac users: these are dedicated pieces of software that allow you to use Twitter more effectively. We round up the best in this feature.

See also:

The best Twitter accounts for Apple fans to follow

Mac software reviews

Mac web browser reviews

 

Best Mac Twitter app for daily usage: Twitter for Mac

Twitter has an official app, which is available for free from the Mac App Store.

It displays a narrow column with your timeline (that's the list of recent tweets written or retweeted by people you follow), and a selection of icons offer access to notifications, messages and lists. It offers little more than the website, and we find it easier to find people to follow and access trends and activity on Twitter.com itself, but since this app is free it doesn't hurt to give it a try and see if you like the interface.

The great thing about Twitter is that you can add more than one account to it, so it's good for cranking out tweets and using as a messaging service for busy social networkers.

 

Best Mac Twitter app for when you're getting more advanced: Tweetdeck by Twitter

The next step up from the Twitter Mac app is to use Tweetdeck, now also made by Twitter (after they bought the service).

Tweetdeck displays multiple columns displaying info such as your timeline, notifications, messages and interactions. You can add multiple accounts and customise your columns so it's better for power users who want to monitor social-media activity more comprehensively.

 

Bonus: Muting content in Tweetdeck

Before we move on to the next Mac Twitter app, we thought we should mention one of TweetDeck's best features, and how to use it.

One important ability you get by upgrading to Tweetdeck (and beyond) is the ability to mute certain content (based on Keyword, User or Source). If you get sick of a conversation, or simply don't want to listen to certain subjects, then the ability to mute people or particular things they're talking about is a great way to filter out the noise.

Click the 'TweetDeck' menu at the top of the screen and then select Preferences... Click Mute on the left, select Text Content (or User, if you'd rather mute a specific person) and then enter the text or name of the source of irritation. Then click Mute.

Twitter can be a noisy environment sometimes, so the ability to filter out content is a great way to focus on what you really want to talk about.

 

Best Mac Twitter app for speed: Twitterrific for Twitter

Twitterrific is one of the few paid-for Twitter apps on the Mac App Store - but at just £2.99 it offers good value.

There are two great things about Twitterrific. The first is that you can open multiple windows for different areas. The second is that you get a small gear icon in each tweet: hover over the gear icon to reveal options for retweet, reply and so on. This makes Twitterrific the fastest way to interact with lots of activity on Twitter.

Twitterrific is great for turbo users who want to chat as quickly as possible.

 

Best all-round Mac Twitter app: Tweetbot

Real Twitter pros tend to lean towards the Tweetbot app. At £13.99 it's not exactly a throwaway price, although we still don't think that's excessive for a detailed Mac app.

Tweetbot has all the features of the other apps here, but a few additional ones; such as a Media timeline that only shows tweets with images or video attached. You can also save tweets as drafts, which is missing in other Twitter apps. Most importantly, Tweetbot has the best integration with services such as Bitly, Instapaper, Pinborad, Pocket and Readability.

There's a lot here for power users to get their teeth into.

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