The Ultimate List of Twitter Software for Mac (50+ Apps)

Twitter: What started as an obscure and seemingly doomed social network has grown into a huge force on the web. Twitter is home to thriving communities of individuals forming lasting connections forged by 140 characters or less.

An important fuel to this fire is the remarkably open Twitter API which has allowed developers to create a plethora of beautiful and incredibly convenient desktop applications that connect with every facet of the service. This article is dedicated to all you readers who, like me, are completely addicted to two things: Mac applications and Twitter.

Note: All apps are free unless otherwise indicated.

Looking for a free Twitter app for your iPhone? Check out our roundup of 100 free iPhone apps over at iPhone.AppStorm for some really gorgeous budget-friendly iPhone Twitter clients.

Native Apps

To begin our list, here are some popular apps that run natively within the OS X environment (Non-AIR). Apps built in Cocoa tend to carry over the expected OS X look and functionality and therefore feel right at home running on your Mac.

Tweetie

Tweetie

Tweetie

“Tweetie is free to download and try for as long as you want. It’s full-featured and has some of the most beautiful ads around (courtesy of Fusion Ads). You can register to keep your timeline ad-free for only $19.95.”

Nambu

Nambu

Nambu

“Nambu is good stuff. If you like Twitter but value a real OS X look and feel then give us a try.”

Beak

Beak

Beak

“An innovative new Mac Twitter client”

Kiwi

Kiwi

Kiwi

“The customizable Twitter client. Kiwi likes to spend a lot of time on your desktop, so we made sure he would fit in. Choose a theme or build your own — it’s easy.”

Socialite

Socialite

Socialite

“Socialite is a beautiful Mac OS X application, designed to make it easy to stay in touch with the social networks and services that matter to you. From news on Digg, photos on Flickr, statuses and photos on Facebook and Twitter updates, to full Google Reader RSS syncing, Socialite keeps all your social networks in one convenient place.”

Price: $20

BlueBird

BlueBird

BlueBird

“Bluebird 1.0 Beta 3 is a beta release. It is for use by people not afraid of software that may have a few bugs in it.”

Echofon

Echofon

Echofon

“Stay on top of your Twitter timeline with Echofon for Mac. The beautiful, subtle interface will be a welcome addition to your Mac’s desktop.”

Twitterrific

Twitterrific

Twitterrific

“Twitterrific is a fun application that lets you both read and publish posts or “tweets” to the Twitter community website. The application’s user interface is clean, concise and designed to take up a minimum of real estate on your Mac’s desktop.”

Syrinx

Syrinx

Syrinx

“Syrinx is a fully customizable twitter client designed for Leopard (OS X 10.5+). Syrinx is built from two ideals: efficient workflow and customization.”

Canary

Canary

Canary

“Canary is a Twitter client that is beautifully designed, fun to use and has everything you’ll ever need.”

TwittApp

TwittApp

TwittApp

“Tastes are always changing, and there’s no reason why you should be locked into one specific look by your Twitter client. Twitt allows you to easily customize the way content is displayed, using easy to make (and modify) HTML+CSS themes.”

Itsy

Itsy

Itsy

“Itsy is a small, simple Twitter app for your Mac. Itsy won’t hog up your screen or do other crazy things.”

NatsuLion

NatsuLion

NatsuLion

“NatsuLion is a simple Twitter client for Mac OS X. The goals for NatsuLion are: Be simple, Feature icons, Easy to use for light Twitter users”

YoruFukurou

YoruFukurou

YoruFukurou

“YoruFukurou (NightOwl) is a native Twitter client for Mac OS X. You can filter tweets by defining rules with user IDs, keywords, and regular expression. The tabs are highly configurable, so you can tailor the application to your own needs. It is also possible to remove the filtered tweets from your timeline.”

BuzzBird

BuzzBird

BuzzBird

“Buzzbird is totally free (as in beer and freedom). There are no advertisements, and it is completely open-source.”

Pocket

Pocket

Pocket

“Pocket* is a Twitter client for the rest of us. Has Twittering turned into a chore? Get back to the simple ways. Pocket*; a Pleasantly Simplified Twitter Client”

Pwitter

Pocket

Pocket

“Pwitter is a simple and elegant Twitter client for Mac, that is written in Cocoa. The application runs on only Leopard at the moment. It seems to run fine on Snow Leopard too.”

TwitterPod

TwitterPod

TwitterPod

“TwitterPod is a Twitter client with message store capability. The messages by your friends and by yourself will all be stored and displayed on an easy-to-navigate window.”

Yasst

Yasst

Yasst

“A lightweight Twitter thingymbob.”

Yoono

Yoono

Yoono

“Yoono is an easy to use application that allows you to connect to all your social networks and instant messaging services – in one place. Get all your friend updates, update your own status, and easily share stuff with your friends.”

Twucket

Twucket

Twucket

“Twucket is a new Twitter client for Mac OS X Leopard. It’s designed to use a minimal amount of screen real estate, so you can keep an eye on your Twitter feed in a window small enough to leave open all the time.”

Trowel

Trowel

Trowel

“Do you like Twitter? Do you like Growl? Try Trowel! It puts the two together! Trowel is a minimal twitter client that sends your Tweets to Growl. It’s designed to take up as little space on your desktop as possible. You can also post tweets from the status menu, with URL completion.”

AIR Apps

Adobe AIR apps run just fine in both OS X and windows. Some of the best known Twitter apps are built in AIR, including TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck

TweetDeck

By far one of the most popular Twitter clients around. TweetDeck has tons of features, a multi-column layout, and both an accompanying iPhone and iPad app.

Seesmic Desktop

Seesmic

Seesmic Desktop

“Build your community in one central place with Seesmic Desktop, which integrates both Twitter and Facebook. This all-in-one tool makes it easy to reply to your friends and share text, links, photos and videos all in one screen.”

DestroyTwitter

DestroyTwitter

DestroyTwitter

“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.”

Skimmer

Skimmer

Skimmer

“Skimmer℠ is an Adobe® AIR™ desktop application designed to streamline, beautify, and enhance the experience of participating in your most frequently used social networking activities. It improves upon your day-to-day interaction with multiple social networks, removing distractions and providing a rich experience that is particularly suited to multimedia content.”

Twitcher

Twitcher

Twitcher

“Easy to use twitter client powered by Adobe Air that runs on your Mac or Windows desktop. Easy, uncomplicated with multiple-installation synchronisation”

AlertThingy

AlertThingy

AlertThingy

“AlertThingy brings the very latest updates from your favourite social networks direct to your desktop. Send Tweets, update your Facebook status, upload photos to Flickr, post to Tumblr and more. For business users we have Yammer, Basecamp and Huddle integrations. So you can mix work and play.”

Twitt’m

Itsy

Twitt'm

“Twittm is a desktop client for twitter. Follow friends and trends, topics of your interest, and tweet like a maniac. Twittm is fast, clean and unobtrusive. It runs on Mac and PC, maybe Linux. It’s still in active development. This is a really fresh and early beta, so please send your feedback.”

Ada

Ada

Ada

“Ada is the perfect little Twitter app with a clean, compact design. Ada might be the greatest Twitter app OF ALL TIME. Maybe.”

BirdShot

BirdShot

BirdShot

“Too busy to keep up with Twitter? Birdshot is a Twitter client stripped down to the basics: send tweets and tell me when I have new responses.”

Mixero

Mixero

Mixero

“1. Signal to noise ratio management using unique features like ActiveList, Context and Filters. 2. Powerful groups/lists management. 3. Support for several Twitter accounts and Facebook account simultaneously. 4. Optimal, adjustable screen real estate consumption.”

Feedalizr

Feedalizr

Feedalizr

“Share: Twitter, images on twitpic, upload photos to Flickr, links and videos to friendfeed. Interact: update your facebook status, reply to friendfeed messages, comment, watch videos and ‘like’ posts. Read: Keep up to date with you and your friends social media activities on your desktop”

Posty

Posty

Posty

“There are many microblogging services out there. Sometimes you feel you have a “message” to send or a question to ask. If you subscribed many services, one of the first questions arising is: where do I post this? Twitter? Jaiku? Tumblr? Friendfeed? all of them? For each service usually you have to: open the browser, login, write message, click post. Although some cut and paste can save you some time, the task can get boring soon. Posty simplifies your microblogging. All you have to do is writing the message and clicking a button. Posty, an award winning application, will automatically deliver your message to the services you selected.”

Snitter

Snitter

Snitter

“Snitter is “Snook’s Twitter”: an Adobe AIR-powered application for twittering. Twitter let’s you post small 140 character messages letting people know what you’re up to. Snitter is made on the Adobe AIR platform which is both Mac OSX and Microsoft Windows compatible. There is currently a Linux version of Adobe AIR in alpha testing but some functionality is likely missing.”

Spaz

Spaz

Spaz

An award winning, opensource multi-platform Twitter client with user defined CSS overrides.

Tweetr

Tweetr

Tweetr

“Tweetr is a twitter client that allows you to send and receive twitter messages but has cool features. Support for taking photos with your webcam, Sending files, just drag them onto the Tweetr window and it will instantly upload them so you can easily share these files with your friends.”

Twhirl

Twhirl

Twhirl

“Twhirl is a desktop client for the Twitter microblogging service. Most of the features available on the Twitter website are accessible through twhirl, too. Plus, a lot of usability enhancements have been added.”

Twibble

Twibble

Twibble

“Twibble desktop is a multi account twitter client for Mac, Linux, and Windows built on top of the Adobe AIR platform.”

Twitter Thingy

Twitter Thingy

Twitter Thingy

“Twitter Thingy is a very simple yet powerful Adobe air based Twitter client for windows, OS X and Linux. It has all the essential functions that get you using the best parts of Twitter as quickly as possible, without having to learn a colossal new bit of software. It’s also got some cleaver features like groups that make life that little bit easier.”

Twitulater

Twitulater

Twitulater

“Twitulater is an Adobe AIR microblogging client that currently supports Twitter and Koornk. Its aim is to make life easier for power users who are constantly bombarded by messages from the many people they follow, through automatically splitting the tweet stream into different categories based on content rather than whom the messages are from.

There are eleven basic categories: Direct Messages, Replies, Link sharing, Questions, Happy, Sad, Chatter, ReTweets, My Tweets, All Tweets, Spam and another category is automagically created for every hashtag found. This enables users to only read what interests them at the moment without having to deal with all the noise on microblogging services.”

Saezuri

Saezuri

Saezuri

“A simple Twitter client.”

Menubar Apps

Here are a few apps that hide neatly away in your menu bar until you call on them.

Qfeeder

Qfeeder

Qfeeder

“QFeeder is an OSX 10.6 optimized Twitter client. It has a novel design based on prioritization of messages within your streams based on what you do and who you interact with. QFeeder adds a strip of icons to the left side of your desktop that will update through the day showing your most important messages. QFeeder also watches what you do and with your input will change the order of messages so you don’t miss the most important ones.”

Twenu

Twenu

Twenu

“Twenu is a very simple Twitter client that hangs out in your top menu bar. You simply click on the Twenu icon to reveal a menu containing a text field. Type in your message to tweet in the field and press return. It’s that easy!”

Twitmenulet

Twitmenulet

Twitmenulet

“Twit Menulet is the only Twitter client that fits in your menu bar—allowing you to monitor the tweet stream throughout the day, without opening your browser or another stand-alone application. Tweets are displayed as a scrolling “ticker” in your menu bar. Click the menu to see the whole tweet stream, to visit links, or to post your own tweets.” (Obviously, the developer’s initial claim isn’t true).

Scalare

Scalare

Scalare

“Scalare is a Twitter client built as minimal and unintrusive as possible. It shows your friend’s tweets as Growl notifications. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5 and above. Scalare is built with simplicity in mind. It is meant for the casual twitter user that doesn’t want to be distracted too much. I chose a windowless UI because that’s how I think Twitter should work; minimal messages you read and keep going. Feel like sending a tweet? Just press the easy key-combo, type what’s in your mind, and you are back to work. ”

Search Focused

There are a few apps out there that decided to differentiate themselves based on primary function. The apps below are more targeted towards search than full-fledged Twitter functionality. The last app implements Twitter search with a twist: an attractive tweet visualizer.

Sideline

Sideline

Sideline

“Sideline is an Adobe® AIR™ desktop application built with the Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI). It allows users to create and group custom queries by topics of interest.”

Incoming

Incoming

Incoming

“Incoming! is a Twitter search client designed for power users and social media experts. It lets you cut through the noise and find the tweets that matter to you most — so you can follow your favorite topics or keep track of what users are saying about your company’s products.”

“Unlike other apps, Incoming! is dedicated to searching Twitter. Follow the latest trending topics, create advanced searches, or stalk your favorite users. Incoming! does it all with a clean, powerful interface built exclusively for Mac OS X.”

Twistori

Twistori

Twistori

“Twistori Desktop is the most beautiful way to explore Twitter. Ever since we launched our popular Twitter visualizer, Twistori.com, people have been asking us for a way to have their own Twistori with their own keywords. You asked, we answered. Twistori Desktop is your own personal Twistori, for any and all keywords and keyword clusters you might want to search for.”

Price: $14

Dashboard Widgets

Remember when Dashboard was cool? I feel like the Mac world has moved on from its love of widgets but just in case you haven’t, here are a few Twitter apps that hang out in your Dashboard.

Airmailr

Airmailr

Airmailr

“A full-featured Twitter client for the Mac OS X dashboard. Update your status, send @replies and view DMs as well as view your timelines. Perform full Twitter searches and view user profiles.”

Twidget

Twidget

Twidget

“Twidget is a free Dashboard Widget for OS X that allows you to update your Twitter status.”

TwitterCounter

TwitterCounter

TwitterCounter

A Dashboard widget for tracking various Twitter follower related stats.

Twitterlex

TwitterCounter

TwitterCounter

“Check up on what your Twitter friends are doing right now, and while you’re at it, make sure they know too.”

Conclusion

That wraps up our huge list of Mac Twitter clients. For my own use, I’m partial to the first few on the list. Tweetie, Nambu, Beak and Kiwi have an amazingly robust feature list and look beautiful. Use the comments below to let us know your favorites and which app above looks the most promising.


  • http://dmartinng.com/ Dodie

    All the while I’ve been stuck using Tweetie… I tried Echofon and Twitterific, but in the end I came back to Tweetie. Nambu looks nice, but it crashes trying to load my Twitter timeline, so I couldn’t login and actually test the app out, so I guess I’ll wait for the non-beta release.

    • http://www.designshack.net Joshua Johnson

      My applications folder is full of Twitter apps, I always end up in Tweetie as well :)

  • http://www.cryptonet.be Junni

    Using Tweetie over here on Macbook AND iPhone.

  • http://www.durietzdesign.se Christoffer Du Rietz

    I love Tweetie and my only gripe with it is that it doesn’t display Twitter’s new retweets and it’s hard finding my contacts. Is there an app from this list that solves these problems and still is as beautiful and lightweight?

    • http://www.designshack.net Joshua Johnson

      Try Kiwi, it supports the new ReTweet functionality and is quite attractive. The free demo works just fine, they’ve just blocked off a few preferences.

  • reyo

    Socialite is very good :)

    • Runar

      I’m sure it is, but the icon makes me stay away.

  • Jack

    I’ve tried them all, for Echofon seems to be the most functional. However the interface of of Tweetie is my favorite.

    • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

      You’ve tried all of them?! Crikey :-)

  • http://twitter.com/SnakDada SnakDada

    I recently discovered YoruFukurou, which is pretty darn good

  • Blair

    I’m using Tweetie on iPhone as it’s the easiest and most feature packed client IMO. I also have tweetdeck and twitterific installed however. On my mac I use Itsy, with a beautiful dark skin. I used tweetie on mac for a while, but found itsy was all I needed.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nielskob Niels K.

    You missed TwitterJunkie for OS X: http://bitbucket.org/emonk/twitterjunkie/wiki/Home

  • John

    I have started using Kiwi on my mac and really like it and the way it handles retweets etc. But it’s tweetie on the iPhone.

  • http://www.iKreateIt.com Julia Altermann

    I used to go with TwitBird Premium on the iPhone, but since it can’t sync back to a desktop app, I ended up with Echofon on both the Mac(s) and the iPhone. I like Nambu, but there doesn’t seem to be a iPhone app to sync to.

    Really, the missing sync functionalities between the mobile and desktop apps is frustrating. After coming home I don’t want to have all the tweets showing up on my desktop that I have already read while on the road.

    • http://iaian7.com Iaian7

      Absolutely agree. I’ve tried a lot of clients, and Echofon is the one I always come back to. Tried to like Hootsuite, Tweetie, etc., but they just don’t deliver what I expect in a modern user experience; consistency across platforms. In this case, read/unread status and push notifications (Echofon even gives you the option to only send iPhone notifications when you’re away from your mac).

      Echofon is the only platform I’ve found that does sync and global access. Highly recommended!

  • http://www.onthewire.co.za Craig

    Ive tried most. Echofon works best, however… Tweetie on the iphone has the slickest interface. Integrate those two… and something untouchable will be available.

  • http://www.OriginQ.com Lisa

    I use Hootsuite’s mobile app. It’s great for the iPhone and I love the layout.
    On my mac I use Tweetdeck, but I’m looking to find something that better manages columns, because I have too many and scrolling from side to side is a pain…

    Very nice round-up, can’t wait to give a few of these a try!

    • timelady

      Why not use Hootsuite as desktop app too?

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  • Ana

    Yoono is LOVE…the best app I’ve tried. I also have twitterrific, tweetie and twhirl, but none compare to Yoono. Plus, they also have the firefox add-on which doesn’t make the browser sluggish (at least for me)…

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  • mark

    I love socialite. Has my RSS, FB, Twitter feeds all in one place. Time & money saver!

  • http://www.communicatejesus.com Steve

    Any recommendations for a client that can be used by organisations? I’ve been using CoTweet and HootSuite as online apps.

  • timelady

    You seem to have issed Hootsuite, a Fluid app, and a real joy!

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  • john cleese

    I use Itsy. There are also some skins available (for more or less advanced users): http://katsu3477.deviantart.com/art/Itsy-Mar13-style-152208205

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  • Emin

    I use Tweetie right now, but I don’t like it. So this list comes handy. I will try some of these. Tweetie looks fine, but has a lack of functionality. And it doesn’t show every tweet. When someone replies to someone else, Tweetie ignores them while twitter.com shows all of them.

    What I miss too is a sync function. The best way would be, when twitter.com saves last login time and other (iphone) apps use this login time to jump (via button) directly to the new tweets. That would be great.

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  • http://www.theredfactory.co.uk Alex Gemmell

    Great list, thanks for putting it together. However you could have added more value to this post by reviewing all of the clients in at least a bit of depth. Pros and cons of each maybe?
    Thanks for making me aware of some of these. I use TweetDeck normally but I needed a small client for quick tweeting without getting notified about my followers tweets. There are a couple of candidates in your list I will try!

    Alex

  • http://www.martinvaresio.com.ar/restauraciones-plateados.html Martín

    The best way would be, when twitter.com saves last login time and other (iphone) apps use this login time to jump (via button) directly to the new tweets

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  • ET

    Any good twitter software that allows translation? I know that Twitbird/Tweetie for the iPhone has such features. But I haven’t found one with the Mac computer.

    Thanks so much!

  • http://www.attitudedesign.co.uk Dan

    Just to let you know that Tweetie is no longer available to buy, and the free version has no ads any longer.

  • http://www.theskinsfactory.com Jeff Schader

    I downloaded Skinner. Love the minimalistic approach. Couldn’t authenticate a single service. Straight to the Trash.

    • Chris

      Couldn’t register. Also trashed.

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  • Will

    On my iPad I use Twitterific and Flipboard. Twitterific on Mac is kinda disappointing. So far I prefer Kiwi, it’s similar to Tweetie but without the Frankenstein design and a bit sleeker. The icons could be better, though, they look kinda AOL-ish. Price is good, too.

  • http://mobiletimes.site50.net/html/myfriendtweeter.html MobileTimes

    MyFriendTweeter – Twitter Open-ended Biographical Search Engine

    MyFriendTweeter allows its user to specify a biographical description of his or her interests in order to locate new friends.
    Full English language support.

    Download Page (Select the proper Installer for your OS/Platform):

    http://code.google.com/p/myfriendtweeter/downloads/list

  • http://www.flipflipmeheidi.com FlipFlipMeHeidi

    Hi,
    +1 Tweetie over here on Macbook, iPad & iPhone!

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  • http://www.ginom-home.ru/index.php/tag/twitter/ Ginom

    Good selection of Twitter clients are always happy to look after your review. Regards from Russia.

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  • Nickel

    I love TweetBot on iOS. I wish they had a mac version of their software. But that may never happen or will take a lot of time form here on.

    TweetBot also supports Tweet Marker, which is critical for me. I need my timeline to be in sync on various devices – soon maybe even on several platforms (incl. android, iOS and Mac OS X).

    Twitterrific is, afaik, the only mac twitter client that supports Tweet Marker. Be aware using Tweet Marker with Twitterrific is not working that great for me. Sometimes it seems to simply ignore the marker and often not scroll to that location (despite having the settings for that).

    So I’m all packed and waiting for a decent mac twitter client with Tweet Marker support.

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    In regards to software and apps for managing Twitter you can read some good reviews at Twittgeek.com

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