Seesmic is probably not an alternative but rather a bonafide challenger to Tweetdeck. Thanks to their recent updates, it has created a healthy competition in the Twitter application arena. It supports multiple Twitter accounts, groups, search, amongst other features. You can share photos via TwitPic, videos via Seesmic Video. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) supports multiple columns, so that you can see replies, private messages, and timelines in different columns. The new version is now made available to the public. While I will not (yet) say that this is a Tweetdeck killer, it is a viable option for those who do not like Tweetdeck. It is also memory intensive.
DestroyTwitter is a compact though robust Twitter application built to run on Mac, Windows, and Linux using Adobe AIR. It consists of a series of canvases that constantly update to keep tweets up-to-date using notifications that appear when a new tweet arrives. DestroyTwitter uses a minimal amount of memory compared to its AIR-based alternatives without sacrificing functionality and performance. As a result, it can easily run in the background as an automated process. The latest version fixes the Twipocalypse bug, among other things.
Another Adobe Air application, TwitterLocal is used to watch the Twitter public feed, caching all Tweets within a valid location. People were able to generate feeds from this site based on location, as well as use the TwitterLocal AIR client to subscribe to location feeds. Recent update allows TwitterLocal to do a Twitter location-based search API, running purely on Adobe Air, which can now filter Tweets by location, without the need to cache posts anymore.
So, you work at a big corporate office? And you’re not allowed to use Twitter… Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a Twitter tool that looked just like Excel? Enter Spreadtweet. It’s witter, disguised as a spreadsheet. Cool, now you can Tweet silently in the comfort of your office without getting fired. Just don’t take my word for it. It runs in both Adobe Air or Webased version. Ideal for use in your office:)
A twitter client, that is easy to use, powered by Adobe Air that runs on your Mac or Windows desktop. Easy, uncomplicated, fast with local cached storage.Use Twitcher if you want uncomplicated, fast and easy to use desktop access to your twitter account. It has many of the normal features you would expect plus some more like ToolTips that show expanded shortened URLs. It supports, multiple views with main timeline, favourites, replies, sent statues and direct messages and multi-user account support. Tooltips on shortened links show full web site address so as to avoid being phished.
TwitBabble also runs on Adobe AIR and has several features similar to Seesmic and Tweetdeck itself. One of the most interesting features of TwitBable is to be able to Create Scheduled Tweets which as you know is very useful to send Tweets in various timelines. Other features include, see who is following you, see who you’re following, send shortened URL’s and share pictures.
Spaz is a twitter client for the Palm Pre, Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It is an Open Source project and has features such as support for user-created themes and user-defined CSS overrides. Other features include, short URL creation tool with support for multiple services (is.gd, bit.ly, snurl.com, and more) and in-line short URL decoding.
There you have it. By the time I was finishing writing this post, I have installed the new version of Tweetdeck 0.26. The recent changes are very good and now has support for multiple accounts and some other bug fixes. Twipocalypse bug has also been addressed and the application now appears to be more stable. The interesting part is that it is also now available for iPhone. While the enhancements made Tweetdeck even more appealing, the alternatives above are definitely worth experimenting with.
Over to you. Do you know of any other Twitter desktop applications that can also be an alternative to Tweetdeck? Please share them here with us.