Top Console Twitter Clients
Many people are simply bewildered by microblogging
and are unable to comprehend why anyone participates in
this form of communication. Yet microblogging continues to attract
enormous fascination from people of all walks of life. Microblogging
has some inherent dangers that can impact everyday life.
The risk of a criminal record for off-hand or stray comments
is a sobering possibility, and microblogs that have undermined
superinjunctions are a real issue. Nevertheless, microblogging is a
addictive, and fun way of interacting with others in a conversation
style in an exceptional terse way.
The most popular microblogging service is Twitter. Launched
just six years ago, Twitter has more than 140
million participants using their service, sending more than
25 billion tweets each year. We have previously highlighted
our favorite graphical Twitter clients in two separate articles (Article
2). Given that Twitter is predominately a text only media,
there is a certain logic in using a console based app to engage in this
form of microblogging. Using Twitter with a console app lends a number
of advantages such as speed, flexibility, and reliability.
The purpose of this article is to identify useful console
based Twitter clients. Console based applications are light on
system resources (very useful on low spec machines), can be faster and
more efficient than their graphical counterparts, and are ideal for
Twitter has recently announced restrictions to API use that
may discourage independent developers from developing new Twitter
agents and clients. We have already seen that Tumblr users have been
searching for friends via Twitter. The difficulties presented by the
restrictions to the API has led some prominent microbloggers to call
for users to migrate to an alternative microblogging service. Some of
featured in this article support other Twitter-like APIs, such as
StatusNet and Identi.ca.
Now, let's explore the 5 console Twitter clients at
hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software
in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Console Twitter Clients
||100% text-based command line, yet fully functional
client interface running on urxvt
||Command line micro-blogging tool
client based on ncurses
||Client to make working with microblogging sites faster
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Last Updated Friday, August 24 2012 @ 05:16 AM EDT