For many who uses multiple IM services (MSN, AOL, Google Chat, ICQ etc), the one application that I highly recommend is to use “Adium”:http://adium.im/. Currently it can support up to 15 different systems. With the latest beta (version 1.4b1), it added “Twitter”:http://www.twitter.com support into its list of supported services.
With this new inclusion, you can combine all your social networking chat tools into one. As the timeline is displayed within the existing Adium chat window, it will display it according to the “message style”:http://www.adiumxtras.com/index.php?a=search&cat_id=5 you chose, and some of them might not be suitable for display a long list of twitter updates.
As seen on the image above, they have cleverly placed the common twitter functions (Retweet, Reply, Favorite and URL of the Tweet) within the tweet line with 4 simple icons. In the input field, it will also indicate the character count and will change the background to RED if it goes above the 140 character limit.
This new inclusion will surely be loved by those who have limited desktop real estate and want one less application running, but its interface will take some getting use to, especially in the face of existing apps like “Twitterrific”:http://iconfactory.com/software/twitterrific and “Tweetie”:http://www.atebits.com/tweetie-iphone/, just to name a few.
Included in this update besides Twitter support is also the addition of IRC support. This beta 1.4 however, is only for OS X 10.5 Leopard users (“download site”:http://beta.adium.im/). So far, it is quite stable and everything still works well.
For OS 10.4 users, you can get the final (possibly) stable version 1.3.4 (“download link”:http://adium.im/?download=10.4).
Do you like the new Twitter support in Adium or are you going to stick with your existing Twitter client?