From applications to new friends, finding the right gift for the Twitter addict isn't as easy as it sounds. They're just so busy with all that "tweeting" nonsense. Here are plenty of ideas at a variety of price points that should make your job as the gift-giver a little more pleasant.
How do you know if you've got one on your list? Just answer a few simple questions. Does s/he
- Check Twitter immediately before going to bed? Possibly while in bed? From multiple devices?
- Have a stagnant blog, but a bulging Twitter stream?
- Stare at the display for hours at a time so as not to miss a landmark follower or tweet (like #500)?
- Added his or her Twitter handle to business cards, web sites, etc?
This one goes without saying. No self-respecting Twitter addict is going to want to load twitter.com every time the blue-winged muse strikes. There are several options. Twitterrific and TweetDeck are nice for the desktop, while Tweetsville , Twinkle and mobile Twitterrific are great for the iPhone and iPod touch.
- Twitterrific (Desktop) - Free ad-supported version, $14.95US premium version
- Twitterrific (iPhone/iPod touch) - Free ad-supported version, $9.95US premium version
- TweetDeck - Free
- Tweetsville - $3.99US
- Twinkle - Free
Update: Several of you suggested I consider Tweetie ($2.99US) as a Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch, which I did. It's very snappy indeed with lots of nice features, like trend monitoring, support for several accounts and more. It's really quite nice. Of course, this isn't a reivew of Twitter clients, but I'm still happy to add another to the list.
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