Twitter may have axed Facebook integration and the mobile versions of TweetDeck when it retired APIv1 in July, 2013, but the desktop versions have received more than a substantial overhaul since first introduced in late 2008. It’s a power-user application, boasting multiple-account management, custom timelines and real-time tweet tracking spanning the application’s multi-column interface and custom components. Navigation is simple and straightforward given the software’s intuitive keyboard commands, while custom alerts and the ability to schedule tweets for a future post time further the app’s capacity beyond that of similar offerings. The interface — available in both a light and dark theme — isn’t phenomenal, but it works as intended, granting direct access to messages, notifications activity feeds and other components from the left-hand side of the application window. Additionally, searches can be filtered based on various criteria such as engagement and content type, and terms and users can be muted to drown out unwanted noise. Said features, along with TweetDeck’s capacity to build and export timelines for personal websites, render it far more capable than any other software available for both desktop platforms.
The web-based version of Twitter doesn’t offer much in the way of functionality, and likewise, neither does the official client for Windows and Mac OS X. However, despite its rudimentary approach to social networking, it performs all the basic functions you may need on a relatively light footprint. Users can view Twitter feeds using multiple accounts, reply to tweets, direct message and perform a few other basic features within a sleek, fuss-free interface. It also features built-in URL shortening — though users are required to use Twitter’s services — along with inline image previews and programmable shortcuts for composing new tweets and generally operating the application. As expected, users can also view current trends and profile information on specific users, retweet and favorite other users, and search Twitter using hashtags, user handles, and similar search queries. It’s functionality doesn’t exceed that of the social network’s elementary beginnings, but it does present a nearly identical package in a condensed, desktop version available sans a browser.
With more than 27 standards themes to choose from — and the ability to create your own from scratch — it’s safe to say Janetter is the king of visual customization. It supports multiple accounts, along with customizable fonts and display formats, and includes options for displaying inline image previews, receiving pop-up notifications for tweets and altering the background images. Breakout conversation threads provide easy viewing of back-and-forth tweets, while additional settings for muting words and applications ensure users only see the tweets they intend to. Furthermore, Janetter touts standard URL shortening, convenient auto-completion, and pop-up translator for quickly converting highlighted text into a more accessible language. Though the program occasionally exhibits trouble properly refreshing the feeds, they’re typically updated in real-time, while event notifications constantly inform users whenever they’ve been followed or their tweets have been favorited or retweeted by others. There are few drawbacks aside from the occasional clutter, but Twitter’s token policy does occasionally prevent Janetter registration from time to time. Until then, keep your eyes on the site.
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