This is a post from our Inside Twitter series that aims to cover everything you could ever want to know about Twitter, how to best promote your company and events on the platform as well as tips and tricks for Twitter marketing.
News emerged this week that over 40% of all Twitter posts are made via a mobile phone, and as mobile social media use is only set to rise in 2011, we’re taking a look at which are the most popular mobile applications for Twitter.
1. Twitter for iPhone (formally Tweetie)
Tweetie was one of the first commercial mobile Twitter clients to appear on the market. Tweetie quickly grew to become the most popular mobile Twitter application because of its easy-to-use design and simple functionality. In fact, Tweetie was so successful that the bosses at Twitter HQ acquired Tweetie in 2010 and renamed the mobile version ‘Twitter’.
To find out more about getting Twitter for the iPhone, check out the Twitter Blog.
Sharing photos with your friends when you’re out and about is one of the most exciting ways to use Twitter on your mobile. Twitpic & yfrog are both popular long-standing Twitter apps for sharing photos, but the latest Twitter photo app that’s everyone’s talking about is instagram. This new kid on the block lets users choose from one of many filter effects to transform the look and feel of your photos before sharing them with friends on social networks.
Echofon is an easy to use multi-platform Twitter client that lets you view your timeline, messages, replies and favourites on your mobile phone. One of the key advantages of this multi-platform client is that you’re able to seamlessly tie your browser activity Twitter feed (currently a Firefox add-on) to the one on your phone and vice versa. Echofon also has a powerful Tweet-authoring screen that lets you write Tweets, upload photos or video and even update your location.
Since Tweetdeck is the most popular desktop application for accessing Twitter, it’s no surprise that their recently launched mobile versions for Android and iPhone are also growing in popularity.
Tweetdeck’s mobile versions enables users to create groups, search Twitter, manage multiple accounts, and easily post tweets or share photos, videos and links. There is also the added functionality to add location to your tweets and create columns for tweets in your area.
Twitter has been slow to release their own location-based Twitter application, which means that Foursquare remains the most popular mobile applications for sharing your location with others. Thankfully, Foursquare is fully integrated with Twitter and remains the easiest way to share your location when you’re out and about.