Extension that puts the social media network's interface on your desktop
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
If you've ever been in the position where you just can't open your internet browser because you're either too busy or it will distract you too much, then perhaps you should download the Twitter at Desktop app. What's the key advantage of this? You can save yourself from getting distracted by the millions of updates and raise your productivity levels as a result. Desktop Twitter promises to keep you updated on the most pertinent tweets to you, but you can follow along without having to go online and get further distracted.
After you have installed this program, you will have to authorize the access to your Twitter account because otherwise, you won't be able to receive the updates. Outside that, you don't need to do much else. Desktop Twitter simply sits on your systems tray, and once it activates, the tweets come into your timeline.
In terms of interface, we see a fantastically designed program that doesn't overwhelm you. The interface looks compact, but it remains easy to understand even still. You even have the blue color scheme that sticks with you. At the same time, the software makes use out of the same terminology as what you might find on the social networking site. Through this version of Twitter, you will access to some of the easy-to-use extras, and you can follow or unfollow someone just as easily. If the need arises, you can copy tweets to the clipboard and post them. It works just like regular Twitter.
Looking to switch over to another Twitter account? We found how we liked how Desktop Twitter did a great job of switching the accounts smoothly. The feature lets you transition between multiple accounts with ease so that you can fully appreciate what this software has to offer. Like it promises, the tweets get delivered straight to your account as soon as they get set to the account.
You can make easy use out of this software from the desktop. It works just like how it might on the social media site, but it does have a few differences. Nevertheless, the key concepts of Twitter remain fully in-tact with the release of this app.
One thing that we didn't like about this app was how we found that it didn't uninstall cleanly. In fact, it left behind Start Menu icons that you will have to clean up yourself. However, if you look past that, this software doesn't cost you a dime, and it works just like promised. All in all, you have an excellent choice in software.
Designed for those who want an easier Twitter experience but who still want to keep up with all of the latest updates from those whom they follow, Twitter @ Desktop makes it a lot easier to access all of your Twitter updates directly from your desktop.
Basically, Twitter @ Desktop is designed so that you can view your updates on this popular social networking site without having to log onto the Twitter website. You don't have to deal with the graphics, spam or frills. What makes this program rather unique is the fact that it uses plain Unicode text, so it isn't fancy at all.
The program will link to your Twitter account securely and require your verification before it loads your status updates, which is a positive thing. Then, it will display the latest Tweets from the people who you follow on the site for you to read directly from your desktop.
It is a pretty bare-bones program, however, so those who are power users on the site might want to look for another program. It doesn't automatically refresh; you have to do so manually if you want to see the newest Tweets. It also doesn't show pictures, links or other important information; instead, it simply posts the user's Twitter handle and the Tweet. This can be good for quick updates, but it can make it a bit tricky to follow longer conversations.
For those who want to be able to quickly check Twitter without having to deal with all of the fuss, this program can be a good option. Unfortunately, the installation process is a bit tedious and frustrating, and it does require you to install a toolbar, which many people don't like. You can always uninstall the toolbar after you have installed the program, but many people don't want to take this extra step, so that's something for you to think about. Also, if you're someone who wants to get more out of your Twitter experience, this program might not be your best choice; it's more of an option for those who want to make checking statuses on Twitter easy and frills-free.