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8 Free Twitter Apps for Better Tweeting

These free tools can help you get a lot more functionality out of Twitter.

HootSuite

HootSuite uses columns to show various Twitter feeds. Here, it is monitoring the accounts I am following, doing a search for mentions of e-book readers, and keeping track of a group of accounts named Tech.

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Mixero

Mixero uses a different type of interface than most Twitter clients. Your current feed is shown on the left. If you want to switch to a different one, you click on one of the icons in the center "ActiveList."

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PeopleBrowsr

In the PeopleBrowsr "Advanced Mode," a variety of features are available by clicking icons on the top and bottom of your window.

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Seesmic Desktop

Seesmic Desktop lets you save Twitter searches and user lists and then easily access them via the menu on the left side of the window.

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TweetDeck

TweetDeck also allows you to scan several Twitter feeds via multiple columns. The entry field on top can be hidden to save space.

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TweetGrid

"TweetGrid" offers a quick and simple method for checking a variety of Twitter searches without having to install software or even have an account.

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TwitScoop

TwitScoop lets you monitor what tweeters are talking about moment by moment. The cloud of topics at the right constantly shifts and changes.

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Twitterfall

Twitterfall offers a virtual "waterfall" of tweets. It uses color to help you distinguish between searches. For example, all my work-related searches are in gray, while a search for the topic "RIP Mary Travers" is in purple.

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