Apr 23, 2009 (12:04 PM EDT)
Review: Tweetie, A Sweet Twitter Client For Mac

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Tweetie Twitter Client For Mac

Tweetie, atebit's Twitter client for Mac
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This story was updated April 24, 2009 at 8:57 AM.

I wasn't looking for a new Twitter desktop client. I was happy with TweetDeck. But then came Tweetie, a Mac version of the popular Twitter client for the iPhone. It won me over with simplicity and a clean design.

With Tweetie, I'm trading in the desktop-hogging multi-column TweetDeck for a cheerful, cartoonish view of Twitter that does a lot without cluttering up the screen.

Apple blogger John Gruber, writing at Daring Fireball, nails it: Tweetie is "visually quiet. Most of the new desktop Twitter clients I’ve checked out try to show more at once. Twitter by its nature is inherently distracting; I want a client that doesn’t exacerbate it."

Tweetie for the Mac, from vendor atebits LLC, does a lot, but it stays out of the way when you don't want it. Rather than TweetDeck's multiple columns, Tweetie has a single-column view of Twitter, with multiple tabs to access the main Twitter stream, @mentions, direct messages, and Twitter searches.

Tweetie notifies you of unread messages in each view by adding a blue dot to the appropriate tab (see image).

It also lets you access multiple accounts -- in theory. In fact, I found it difficult to configure a second Twitter account, and have been unable to configure a third and fourth; I keep getting authentication errors, even after checking and confirming the logins and passwords. I don't know if this is a problem with Tweetie or with the Twitter service.

(Yes, I know -- four Twitter accounts. And those are only the ones I manage; I've actually set up at least nine. There is something seriously wrong with me.)

Features, Shortcuts

Tweetie has a variety of features and keyboard shortcuts to make tweeting easy and fast.

Double-click on any tweet to display the conversation it's a part of.

Right-click on any tweet to choose options, including retweeting, replying, or sending a direct message to the user.