I have a Twitter address. But I really disliked having to either open a new tab to view comments and replies or having to keep returning to the site to see what’s going on. And I won’t be going into the various merits or demerits of Twitter as a site or function. There are plenty of sites that are happy to do that for me. So, being the kind of guy I am, I went hunting for a Twitter client so I didn’t have to use the browser.
There are a number of clients out there, so there’s no shortage whatsoever. Unfortunately, most are written for Mac or for Windows and I run Linux. So using my brain I went hunting on the web for a client that I could run. I was running Spaz, but it became unhappy when I upgraded my distro and started running KDE4 – it just sits in the system tray and won’t actually do anything useful. More on that later.
So, after the jump, I’ll run down the ones I tested and the one I’m on now. Incidentally, some of my results are skewed by the fact that I believe KDE to be messing me around – some apps run once and then never again. I am well aware that this is not the fault of the app itself, so I will not refer to the running (or otherwise) nature of the app. Also, big thanks to the nice people at Adobe. Many of the apps tested run on Adobe AIR (get it here). If you remember Klik, Adobe Air is kinda like that but easier to use. The BBC iPlayer Desktop app runs through AIR which allows it to be cross-platform. Jump coming up now…