Have you got the Twitter bug yet? The ‘micro-blogging’ platform is taking the Web 2.0 world by storm, as Techscape explained last week.
Besides picking up users in their thousands, the service is spawning its own ecosystem of spin-off applications and services, from mobile clients and desktop updaters through to whizzy mash-ups with Google Maps.
There are already dozens to choose from, but here’s a selection of ten of the most intriguing, with links to read more from Techscape’s Twitter Special. Read on for all the details.
1. Twitterrific. Mac OS X application that’s sleek and minimal, and lets you check on friends’ posts (‘tweets’) and post your own, without cluttering your desktop. Read more
2. Twitterlicious. Basically Twitterrific (above) but for Windows, offering the same blend of easy reading/updating, but for PC users. Read more
3. Twittervision / Twittersearch. Two services from the same people. Twittervision plots recent tweets on a big Google Map of the world, while Twittersearch lets you enter a search phrase and see all recent tweets mentioning it. Yes, I know this makes this a Top 11… Read more
4. Twitterbox. A Twitter client for Second Life, so you can read friends’ tweets and post your own from within Linden Labs’ virtual world. Zeitgeist-tastic! Read more
5. Tiny Twitter. Small but perfectly-formed Java application for mobile phones, which lets you post tweets and check on your friends. It’s bare-bones, but right now, that’s what keen Twitterers need. Read more
6. Twitterfeed. Turns your blog’s RSS feed into tweets at pre-defined intervals. Could tempt commercial blogs as well as personal bloggers. Read more
7. Post To Twitter. Another simple one, this – it’s a Firefox plugin that lets you post tweets from the dropdown search box at the top of the browser. Read more
8. WHERE GPS Twitter widget. Part of the WHERE GPS widgets service for phones in the US, if you’ve got a GPS-enabled handset, this adds your location to your tweets posted on the go. Read more
9. TwitterBuzz. This online service tracks the links that people are posting on Twitter, sorting them by popularity and giving you hourly or weekly views. Read more
10. Twitteromatic. Another OS X application, this, but it lets you with one click post what you’re listening to in iTunes, what URL you’re looking at in Firefox or Safari, and a bunch of other variables. Read more