There are plenty of Twitter clients out there for all of the different desktop platforms, but it seems like many of them are powered by Adobe Air since it provides a no-hassle cross-platform solution to developers. I always prefer native apps though, and MetroTwit is a shining example of how smooth a native Twitter client can be. It has a beautiful interface, all of the right features, and continues to get better over time.
One of the features that was just added last week was an in-app media viewer for third-party sites like YouTube and TwitPic. I hate apps that open images or videos in a browser window because it can really disrupt you while you’re reading through your timeline. Now that they’ve added this feature I really feel as though MetroTwit has earned its spot as one of the best (if not the best) Twitter client available for Windows.
If you haven’t already tried out MetroTwit here’s a look at some of the other features that makes it so great:
- Drag-and-drop image uploads
- Uses TwitLonger if you go over the character limit
- View entire conversations
- Infinite scrolling of tweets
- URL shortening and previews
- Autocomplete for usernames and hashtags
- Windows 7 taskbar integration
- Customize the appearance with themes
- Resizable columns
The cherry on top is that MetroTwit is completely free. They did throw in some ads to try and recoup some of the costs, but they removed them after they got some feedback from their users. It’s possible that they will introduce the ads again in the future to keep the app free, but I’m sure at that point they’ll also provide some way to remove them (which may be in the form of a small fee).
MetroTwit Beta Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)