Review: 8 free Twitter clients for better tweeting

Get a lot more functionality out of Twitter with one of these tools.

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TweetGrid

TweetGrid is a very simple Web-based grid that lets you watch a number of feeds simultaneously. As the site's FAQ says, TweetGrid was built to be a "drive-by" service, where you can go, do a search or find a trend, and then leave -- anonymously.

What does it do? TweetGrid gives you a lot of flexibility in how you can view your various Twitter feeds. You start by creating a grid from a set of choices: one row of two columns, two rows of three columns, or even (if you want to really confuse yourself) three rows of three columns. (That's your maximum; TweetGrid supports up to nine searches at a time.) In each box, you specify your search terms and it immediately pulls in the feed.

Besides the searches, you can also mark a box in a column to follow your friends or your direct messages.

What's cool about it? This is a quick and easy way to follow whatever trends or searches you need to. TweetGrid doesn't demand anything from its users -- you don't have to register with TweetGrid or even with Twitter. Just pop over to the site and specify your grid and your searches. You can even save your searches by simply bookmarking them -- nothing could be easier.

If somebody includes an image in their tweet, you can see it alongside the text. Click on the "Trending Topics" link, and you immediately have a 3 x 3 grid showing nine of the top Twitter trends. And if you're only interested in images, you could try the TwitPicGrid, a 6 x 3 grid showing nothing but images that people are uploading into Twitter.

What needs to be fixed? Let's face it, TweetGrid isn't the slickest-looking application around -- the interface is crowded and a bit difficult to read, even if you're using a simple 1 x 2 grid.

TweetGrid

TweetGrid

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And some of the features are a little awkward to use; for example, if you want to create a group, you have to type the word group in the search box, followed by a list of the names you want in the group. Finally, if you're an Internet Explorer 6 user, either upgrade or forget it -- TweetGrid isn't supported by that version of IE.

Final verdict: This is a good place for somebody who wants to taste Twitter, or who needs to do a quick search for work but doesn't want to actually join the service.

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