5 Apps Better Than Twitter's New Trainwreck

Twitter has undergone a major transformation. Like a caterpillar that's emerged as a weird-looking tiny-text butterfly that hates direct messages. Some will embrace Twitter's change in design philosophy, but grizzled social media veterans already hate it.

If you're falling out of love with the officially Twitter app, here are a few unofficial apps you should check out.

iOS: Tweetbot ($2.99) This highly customisable Twitter client features the ability to quickly reply, favourite or retweet without having to jump into another window. Smart Gestures enhance the efficiency of the app and the last two tabs on the app are customisable to work with your Twitter workflow.

Android, iOS, Windows Phone: Tweetcaster (free) With landscape mode, and the ability to set colours for your own tweets and replies to help you keep track of conversations, Tweetcaster is a solid client that's available on the top three smartphone platforms. Plus, if you have trouble keeping your tweets to 140 characters, it has Twitlonger support.

Windows Phone: Birdsong ($0.99)

You bought a Windows Phone for the incredible UI. Why not get a full-featured Twitter client that looks like it belongs on your phone? All the features you expect from a Twitter client including integrated theme/accent colour, and a status bar with unread message counts.

iOS, Android, Blackberry: Hootsuite (free) Manage multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts. That doesn't all that exciting until you realise you can schedule you posts. Have something you want your friends to see but it's 3am? Schedule it to hit your networks when they're awake. The app will also track statistics and you can check in on Foursquare.

iOS: Twitterific (free) One of the first Twitter apps to hit the iTunes App Store and still one of the best. A clean design with conversation threads, tweet translation and tiling syncing. The universal app has a unified display so when you switch from iPhone to iPad you know exactly where everything is.

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