I recently turned on, tuned up and restarted my ancient unused Twitter account in extra well advanced preparation for getting news out about my book 'How Money Works'. Social web stuff is everything so I am told.
I can't and won't have a Facebook account so Twitter comes romping in the lesser of two all pervading weevils as Jack Aubrey would say, which, I am well aware, is as near as not recommending something as you can get while still talking about it.
I also refuse to pledge allegiance to any of the new feudal web lords who are in danger of owning our world under their claustrophobic cloud of convenience- Apple, Google, Adobe, Microsoft et al- so on both my Macbook and my Linux Mint PC I required a way of watching and posting to Twitter that didn't involve renting an app from the Apple App Store and wasn't reliant on Apple's beneficence for my continued use and ownership.
This is no easy task. Most of the better Applications are moving to the App Store lemminguously.
I won't bore you with reams of words comparing Twitter clients as this information is available all over the web; I will however point out a couple of regular shortcomings of many of the apps available if you too choose not to be beholden to the new feudal lords and would rather directly and fully support the work of an independent creative at a level that suits both people.
Twitbin makes the most of 17" widescreens
I would have gone with Hibari as both the design philosophy and implementation is well worthy of support, plus I loved the app after downloading it from the web for a free trial, but Hibari is in the process of transmigrating to the Apple App Store. Aagh and Bah!
Even so the Hibari web site is well worth a visit; colours, graphics, philosophy, quite lovely.
Most of the other independent apps as far as I can be bothered to see (so not an in depth review of all the apps then... ed.) use Adobe Air which I have had on my system and don't want again; to much, too unnecessary, to updatey, too Adobe.
So I was stuck.
Then I stumbled across Twitbin which exists as free donation ware app (if you like it you can donate money) and more importantly exists as an Add On for Firefox- so no app store, yay...
Twitbin is great.
Twitbin is installed and linked up to my Twitter account in an efficient second or two.
$5 sent to the developer.
No cloud, no feudalism.