Lately I’ve been trying some 3rd party social network services – for Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc. These are the reviews of what I’ve tried (especially for Twitter)
A desktop application. It enables notifications to pop-up directly to your desktop. Sometimes it’s disturbing if I’m playing a full-screen game, because it forces the game to minimize. The irreplacable power is, it’s a desktop application, it does not require you to open a browser to see updates. Go to TweetDeck
HootSuite is a Web Application. Just like Tweetdeck, it enables updates to be sent to you, but you have to open a browser window in order to do so. A backdraw of this application is the disability of Retweet. When you choose to retweet, it will simply prepend a “RT @peopleyouretweet” before a tweet, and it’s not considered a valid retweet by Twitter. Go to HootSuite
- Facebook Page
Similar to HootSuite, but with less support for social networks. The Retweet button here is automatically (and really does) retweet a tweet, without you being able to edit it before it’s posted. Go to Seesmic
- Google Buzz
This is a browser. Yes, a browser, plugged in with an application to support social networks. The Flock browser displays it on the sidebar so it has limited view. No drawback on retweet-ing. The browser automatically signs you in when you start the browser. Go to Flock
This is a Chrome Extension (since I’m a Chrome user). It displays the number of new updates directly on the icon beside the address bar. You can easily the icon while you browse. Download Chromed Bird
Supports Twitter only.
A web application. Layout is just like Seesmic Web and HootSuite, except that it supports only Twitter.
Go to CoTweet