By this time you’re probably getting quite familiar with Twitter. Terms like retweet and #followfriday are regular occurring terms in your Twitter feed. However, if you really want to take advantage of Twitter, it’s time to tap into the extensive archive of Twitter applications.
Third-party Twitter applications give users the ability to have a more personal or customized Twitter experience. Maybe you want to search for particular search terms on Twitter or chat about a specified topic or have a more streamlined version of Twitter.
No matter what type of experience or customization you want, there’s probably a Twitter application for it. Here’s my list of the 5 must-have Twitter applications:
1. Twitter Search.
More of a search engine than an application, Twitter Search features real-time results of what’s being talked about on Twitter around the world. You can find out more about your favorite shows or get up-to-the-second news.
TweetChat really uses Twitter for what it’s meant to be used for: conversations. Users enter the name of a specific topic, usually agreed on by a certain hashtag, and then can start sending and receiving tweets solely from users who are talking about that topic.
TweetDeck is easily the most popular Twitter application. It offers a lot of different features that you can’t do by just using Twitter, such as creating columns to create a personal dashboard, create groups, update Facebook and easily share photos.
4. Power Twitter.
Power Twitter is another very popular application in how it makes the user’s experience more customizable and simple. The tools adds features to the Twitter interface like a search box, viewing status updates with a mouseover and photo uploading.