Despite signing up for a Twitter account back in early 2007, I was a little sceptical to start with. It took me around a year to start to feel comfortable with the platform but I’m now fully immersed in it. Over the years, I’ve tested out countless Twitter clients, and few have lasted very long – there is always something that is not quite right.
But after years of searching, I’ve finally settled on Janetter. It has taken me a while to get here, but now I’m happy.
What I Need
The way I work means that I need to be able to process a lot of information as quickly as possible. I have work-related news fed to me through Facebook, RSS subscriptions and Twitter, so there is a mass of data to work with each day. I need a Twitter client that is clean, simple and unfussy.
This may sound like a simple requirement, but all too often it means having to compromise on features. Having an app that makes things easy should not mean missing out on valuable tools and options.
For me, cross-platform availability is one of the most important features of any client.
I also find that I frequently move between platforms. While I work primarily with Windows, it’s not unknown for me to play with Macs, and my Android phone and tablet are virtually attached to me. I want a uniform interface and a uniform set of features no matter which device I am using.
The Road To Janetter
The journey to Janetter has been a rocky one. It would probably be quicker to list the Twitter clients I have not tried than those I have. I am picky, small things irritate me, and an app does not have a lot of time to impress me. Any client that lets me down in any way is lucky to be given a second chance – apps need to work precisely how I need them to, or they’re gone.
For basic tweeting, the official Twitter app is still one I don’t mind using.
Like most people, I started off using the official Twitter client, but it didn’t take me long to feel tempted to see what else was out there. There was a lot of excitement about TweetDeck a few years ago, and while I’ve revisited it from time to time, it’s just not something that works for me – it seems overly fussy.
I initially liked the idea of HootSuite and the way in which, like TweetDeck, it could be used to access Facebook and Twitter in the same app. But for me, this just led to an overwhelming amount of data to scroll through each morning – I decided it made more sense to keep different social networks separate.
The likes of HootSuite and TweetDeck lose points for providing too much information at once.
There have been countless other clients as well. Sometimes these have been used alongside my client of the moment, but I have flitted back and forth between numerous apps over the years. Janetter is the one that has won me over most convincingly.
Why Janetter Wins
In terms of cross-platform availability, Janetter gets off to a great start: it’s available for Android, Windows, OS X and iOS — I also have an iPad to consider!
I’m one of an increasingly rare breed of Twitter users – one who only has one account. But at the same time, I don’t like to feel limited by it. There may come a time in the future when I see the point of having two or more accounts and I don’t want to have to switch clients again.
Thankfully, Janetter includes support for up to three accounts, and should you find that this is not enough, there’s the option of upgrading to Janetter Pro which not only allows for up to seven Twitter accounts to be accessed through the app, but also strips out the banner ads that adorn the free version.
If you don’t like ads, or use multiple Twitter accounts, go Pro.
The app shares a feature that’s found in some other Twitter clients including TweetDeck: Columns can be used to gain easy access to the section of Twitter you use most, such as your timeline, direct messages and mentions.
Whether you’re a Twitter pro, or a lighter user, lists can make life much simpler and can be easily made use of in Janetter, as are saved searches. Bookmarks are also available to help with navigation and the app is highly configurable.
Whether you’re using a tablet or a phone, Janetter has a great look.
I like being able to set up any app so that it works precisely how I want it to, and this is a luxury that Janetter affords me. To help avoid the need to keep searching for options, it is possible to define different actions that should be performed when a tweet is tapped or long-tapped – other actions can be accessed through menus, but this is a great way to easily execute those you use most.
The app also offers a couple of themes to choose from, but it is designed well enough to not really need skinning beyond its default look.
Janetter works for me because it offers the best balance of speed, customization options, good looks and ease of use. There’s a lot to be said for breaking away from the big names, and this is one app that goes a long way to prove this to be true.
It is the Twitter client for me – for the time being, at least – and you might fall in love with it too. Don’t be fooled by its simple looks, there’s a lot there to work with.