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Top Twitter apps for Android

by Kristen Nicole

Whether you're following Justin Bieber or your favorite news pundits, Twitter can keep you in the know. Its popularity has led to countless updates from Twitter, and the rise of an entire subset of third-party apps to help you manage your account. Seeing as Twitter is such a mobile tool, there's no shortage of Twitter apps in the Android market. Here are some of the best.

Just for Twitter

Twitter for Android might have been late to it's own party, but we're glad it finally showed up. Send tweets, view trends, access lists, and see your mentions. Retweets are easy with this app, as is updating your status. Free, Twitter's official Android app isn't as involved as other premium tools, but we're sure to see a string of updates in the coming months.

Seesmic is one of the best free Twitter apps for Android, with support for multiple accounts, access to lists (with the option to delete them) and notifications for new mentions and direct messages. Seesmic also serves as a media-sharing tool, with support for photo and video attachment tweets.

Touiteur has a French twist to its name, hinting at its stylish approach to mobile tweeting. A sleek client, Touiteur is effective on the small screen. With the $2.96 full version, you get URL-shortening, widgets, an in-app browser and integration with additional Twitter apps, along with various settings for customization.

Twidroyd is a long-standing Twitter app, and is one of the easier ways to send and receive tweets on Android phones. The premium version, which will cost you a tad over $4, has location-sharing, geo-tagged tweet display, conversation thread views and an option to see nearby tweets.

Swift's Android app doesn't boast the most features, but its simple and clean interface has most things you need for mobile tweeting. Share photos and videos, receive updates for new messages, and use the app to broadcast media saved on your device. Free, the app is good for speed Twitterers.

Twicca is a well-fitted Twitter client, with notifications, conversation thread views, trends and color labels to organize and track your favorite users. Free, the Android app can also save searches for topics you follow, and includes a home screen widget for quick access to update your status.

Management tools

HootSuite is great for social media professionals, as it helps you manage your account beyond tweeting. Run multiple accounts, view lists and conversation threads, and see basic stats on your account behavior. With the $2.99 premium version, HootSuite will monitor links, and even schedule tweets for future post time stamps.

Tweetcaster also has a good amount of account-management tools, with support for multiple accounts, the ability to create and edit your profile and lists and options to block and report other users. A favorite feature of Tweetcaster is the option to skin the app with a theme. For $4.99 you can experience Tweetcaster sans advertising.

All-out media sharing

AnyPost works with your Ping.fm account to send Twitter updates far and wide. If you'd like to update Facebook, Brightkite and several other social accounts at the same time you update Twitter, this free app is one of the easiest ways to centralize those efforts. You can even update your location while you're at it.

TweetPhoto Pro is a photo-sharing app for Twitter. It's social tweeting around your media, so you can see photos uploaded by friends, comment on shared pics, mark your favorites, and vote them up or down. Free, TweetPhoto Pro shows images on a map, and has filtered feeds for popular and public photos and the ability to follow Twitter users.