The Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete)

We’ve accumulated a list of the twenty most popular Twitter applications, based on monthly unique visitor data from Compete.

Twitpic, an app that lets users share photos on Twitter, took the top spot with 1,236,828 unique visitors in January. Tweetdeck, which came in second with 285,864 monthly visits, is a Twitter app that streamlines notifications and tweets. Third place went to Digsby (with 233,472 monthly visitors), an application that centralizes e-mail, IM and social networking accounts into one desktop program. With 149,812 visits, the fourth most popular app, Twitterfeed, offers to automatically tweet posts published on a user’s blog using RSS. A Twitter user ranking site, Twitterholic, is the fifth most popular application, with 147,164 people visiting monthly.

Interestingly, two of the top twenty apps – Digsby and Hellotxt, an application that allows users to update their status across social networks – are not exclusively focused on Twitter. We recently wrote a detailed post on why we cover Twitter-related news so often, and we think the fact that there are so many applications developed as an offshoot of the microblogging system is another testament to the fact that Twitter is not just another startup. This is our attempt to figure out which ones are gaining the most traction.

While we think this is a pretty comprehensive list based on the chosen proxy for popularity, it’s but a first pass at a list we hope will become more authoritative over time. Keep in mind that this methodology is only one measurement of engagement; many people use Twitter iPhone apps and other clients without ever visiting these services’ websites. Derivative site traffic is only a proxy for usage but the most easily measurable one.

We also ran these sites though Quantcast and Google Trends, but chose to measure by Compete because it had the most comprehensive set of data, especially for the smaller sites. So the absolute numbers are unquestionably higher for some of these Twitter apps. If you know additional Twitter apps that should be listed here, or if you have better ideas on how to compile this list, please leave a message in the comments.

It should also be noted that there is a plethora of Twitter application databases out there. Here are a few that we looked at particularly closely: Twitter Fan Wiki, Twitdom, Twapps, Twitstat, and TwitTown.

Update: As many people are pointing out in the comments, Twhirl is not included in this list. That’s because the list is based on Compete data, and Compete measures Twhirl at under 13,000 visitors per month. As we said above, this is just the first pass at creating a list and we certainly realize Compete traffic is not a perfect way to gauge the popularity of applications.

Update 2: So it looks like we owe a “mea culpa” on Twhirl, since we looked up the wrong address on Compete originally (it’s at .org not .com). actually has 143,000 visitors, putting it at the #6 spot.

Update 3: By popular demand, here is a list of the Top 21 Twitter Clients (According To TwitStat).

Twitter Applications Monthly unique visits (Compete)
1. Twitpic 1,236,828
2. Tweetdeck 285,864
3. Digsby 233,472
4. Twittercounter 212,200
5. Twitterfeed 149,812
6. Twitterholic 147,164
7. Twhirl 143,333
8. Twitturly 88,793
9. Twtpoll 74,154
10. Retweetist 60,051
11. Tweepler 51,304
12. Hellotxt 45,754
13. Twitdom 45,411
14. Tweetscan 44,463
15. Tweetburner 41,754
16. Tweetvisor 31,621
17. Twittervision 30,708
18. Twitterfall 29,592
19. Monitter 25,433
20. Twibs 17,168
21. Twistori 16,229
22. Twitbin 14,986

Twitter Peek

I still can't believe the TwitterPeek exists. It's a portable device that only does Twitter. Seriously, who the hell would spend $200 on this? Am I crazy here?

The original Peek, which just runs email, is something I would never buy in a million years. But I could understand why some people might like it. It's simple, its inexpensive, and it lets you run email without paying for a fancy smartphone plan. That's fine. Email is important and universally useful.

But this? Twitter only? Twitter is something that you can do easily on a smartphone, yes, but it's also something you can use easily on any phone. It's a service based on text messaging, for god's sake! In practice, you could use Twitter on your phone no matter what phone you have. Hell, even StarTacs supported SMS and could use Twitter, if you happen to still be using one.

Maybe they expect this to be used by people without cellphones at all? Why would anyone carry a device that does only Twitter instead of getting a basic free cellphone that can call friends and restaurants and companies with phones (all of them)?

And really, if you're so hooked on Twitter than you want to have it on you at all times, the chances are good that you're also hooked on email, IM, texts and probably the services that a few other apps would provide. This is a device built around an app, basically. The iPhone, BlackBerry, Pre, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Android all have great Twitter apps. But do they deserve their own devices? What's next, a dedicated Fieldrunners or Yelp device? How about a batman utility belt full of like 20 devices each doing the equivalent of one app, for seven bucks a month, each?

Sure, one could argue that it chooses to do one thing and to do it well, with simplicity and affordability. You could compare it to the Flip, for example, which makes shooting video easy and cheap. But the Flip does far more, for the money, and decent video isn't something you find on most smartphones. The Flip beats camcorders by doing 90% of what they do for 20% of the cost. This does 1% of what smartphones can do for 25% of the cost. It's just not a good value, despite it being cheap.

The real kicker? This thing has one single function, and it can't even do that very well. PC Mag just gave it 1.5 stars! This is totally damning:

But as soon as I started handling the TwitterPeek, I knew something was wrong. This handheld is painfully slow. Scrolling through button selections or on-screen lists, the cursor is always a bit behind your trackwheel.

TwitterPeek also fails at the most basic function: reading tweets. The main list of tweets only shows the first three and a half words of each message; to read more, you have to dig down by hitting the 'return' key. Then you can step through tweets, slowly, one by one, with the 'n' (for next) and 'p' (for previous) keys, or jump back up to the unreadable full list of truncated messages. The whole process is slow and annoying.

Not everybody wants or needs a smartphone, such as the iPhone or Droid. They're relatively expensive and cost more per month than a dumbphone. But the fact of the matter is, if you're looking to have a lot of mobile functionality, it makes way more sense to consolidate your needs on one well-designed product than to clutter up your pockets with a dumbphone, a TwitterPeek, a digital camera and a GPS unit. This is a device that is built on flawed logic and executed poorly. I can't think of a single person in a single situation where this would make sense.

I just can't believe this thing exists.

How to prevent spam in your web log comments

The ability of the blog comment has turned commenting into a free-for-all competition for this strong piece of blogging real estate. As your blog uprises in readership and fame, it will play as a magnet. The blog should entice thoughtful readers to communicate with you. On the other hand, the blog will seem to attract inane, exploitive, and occasionally insidious commentators who want to use your comment section as a means to drive traffic towards some other internet site or to be mischeivious. How do we deal with this blog comment spam?

Here are 6 techniques to forbid spam in your blog’s comments:

(1) Enable comment moderation most blogging software has the option of forcing comments into a comment moderation mode. This implies that all comments will come out in a queue for the blogger to review before they come out on the blog. You can approve the comments, letting them pass out of the queue and onto your blog. You can also choose to delete the comment so that it never appears. Comments in moderation will be automatically deleted after a certain point in time (e.g. approximately two weeks later). Some bloggers swear by this method because in addition to spam, it also allows the blogger to pick and choose which comments appear on their blog. On the downside, comment moderation can also discourage other people from commenting, preventing potentially rewarding contact and conversation.

(2) Akismet has become a godsend to a few bloggers because it has the power to block up comment spam while letting more benignant traffic flow directly onto your blog. Akismet is an add-on program for Blogger and blogs and can also be used on hosted Wordpress installs. Akismet works just like comment moderation, but more often than not it allows non-spammy comments to appear on your blog without problems. Occasionally Akismet will miss spam and sometimes it will block comments that are perfectly fine. However, most bloggers think that the benefits of Akismet far outweigh any downsides that it might have. Akismet is now commonly used on many blogs.

(3) different way to forbid spam in your web log comments is to force your users to register with your blog so they can leave comments there. ReadWriteWeb is one example of a blog that needs a user sign-on, as does writer/actor Wil Wheaton’s personal blog. This can certainly limit the amount of spam that your blog will receive because it’s now harder to place it there. However, this also discourages people who just want to talk.

Tips for naming an URL shorter

Long URLs can be a pain when emailing a link or giving the URL to someone over the phone. (URL is just a fancy abbreviation for “web address,” such as – it stands for Uniform Resource Locator.) Fortunately, there are techniques to reduce URLs. This article lists some easy ways to make a URL shorter.

- Change domains

If the URL you would like to reduce is your own, consider changing domains. A domain such is a lot easier to remember (and pass on) than You can usually find some incarnation of your company’s name as an available domain – for example, maybe is taken, but you might be able to use

If you have a free blog that has a long URL, you can either change blog providers or purchase a domain name. A typical Blogspot blog commonly has a URL such, but if it’s available, you may buy and have Blogspot run your blog from there. If you purchase the domain name through Blogspot, they will configure all of the settings for you. (Contact Blogspot for pricing information.)

WordPress as well has an option to purchase a domain name. WordPress blogs are commonly shorter to begin with (such as but with your own domain name you could shorten it even further. As a premium feature, WordPress charges $14.97/year if you purchase a new domain name through them, or $9.97/year to map to a domain name you already own.

- URL shorteners

TinyURL is the most widely-known, but there are a number of websites out there that you can use to convert a long URL into a shorter one for the purposes of giving it out as a link. As an example, and 08/15/betting.plea/index.html will both take you to the same CNN article on sports betting, but as you can see, the first URL is much shorter. is some other site that will generate a shorter URL for you. The site is free to use, and the link never expires. If you choose to create a password when you set up the link (which is optional) you’ll be able to view stats on your link, such how many people used it and where they were from. will also donate 50% of the revenue they make off of your link to a charity of your choice (picked from their list of about 20).

Another websites that will shorten URLs are 5sw,, and TinyURL generally takes you to the link pretty quickly, but some other sites can sometimes take a few seconds to redirect you. All of these sites are free to use. Check the individual sites for specifics, but usually the shortened link will expire after a set amount of time.

If you’re using Firefox 3.0 or later, there is an add-on you can download which can shorten links for you, named Shorten URL In Internet Explorer 8, you can use the TinyURL Accelerator to create shorter links.


Generic Trojan – DWH****.tmp in Temp folder

I am troubleshooting a SAV client with scan engine and up-to-date definitions , except that SAV successfully quarantines all of the .tmp files, so there are no files to delete when I boot into safe mode.

Once or twice daily, Auto-Protect nags dozens of these files, all of them like this with DWH***.tmp in the Temp folder:
Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Security Risk Found!
Risk: Trojan Horse
File: C:\Users\Zeke\AppData\Local\Temp\DWH6C6.tmp
Location: Quarantine
Computer: ZEKE-E1405
Action taken: Quarantine succeeded : Access denied

Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Security Risk Found!
Risk: W32.Almanahe.B!inf
File: C:\Users\Zeke\AppData\Local\Temp\DWHACD4.tmp
Location: Quarantine
Computer: ZEKE-E1405
Action taken: Quarantined

Scan type: Auto-Protect Scan
Event: Security Risk Found!
Risk: W32.Virut.U
File: C:\Users\Zeke\AppData\Local\Temp\DWH3A6A.tmp
Location: Quarantine
Computer: ZEKE-E1405
Action taken: Reboot Required – Partial
They keep on popping up once or twice daily, and I cannot figure out what is creating them, or if it really is a Trojan Horse in the first place. I suspect it is a false positive, but cannot be sure.

Anybody know what might be creating these files, and how I can either stop the malicious software, or fix SAV to not call it out if it is a false positive?


Hello, i am having same problem, try this…. this works for me

I have Windows Vista Enterprise and Symantec End Point Protection 11.0.780.1109

1. User Log on with administrative privileges, and uninstall the Symantec Antivirus and restart.

2. User Log on with administrative privileges, download and run the Norton Removal Tool.

3. User Log on with administrative privileges, delete all temporary files of the next path: C:\Users\User Profile\AppData\Local\Temp

4. Reinstall Symantec Antivirus.

5. Go to path C:\Program Files\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint Protection, find the DWHWizrd.exe file and replace it with the same file of another machine (this doesn´t have much sense, but if you doesn´t make this action, didn´t works). If you are a home user, install the symantec in another machine and copy the file in a flash drive.

Its important that another machine is not infected. I hope that this fix works for you.


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Nice Artikel copas dari kompas nih .......,,

Jumat, 8 Mei 2009 | 01:35 WIB

Oleh: Roy Thaniago

Seorang kawan yang baru lulus kuliah ditolak di mana-mana ketika melamar pekerjaan. Kesalahannya cuma satu, Ia terlalu bangga memakai bahasa Indonesia.

TIDAK seperti kebanyakan pelamar lain yang berfoya-foya dalam bahasa Inggris, kawan tadi memakai bahasa Indonesia dalam surat lamarannya. Jumlah alasannya memakai bahasa Indonesia pun sama dengan kesalahannya itu, cuma satu, yakni, ia melamar pada perusahaan yang ada di Indonesia, yang masyarakat, rekan kerja, dan pimpinannya berbahasa Indonesia. Perusahaan yang pekerjaanya bisa dikerjakan dalam bahasa Indonesia. Sialnya, kawan tadi lupa, kalau perusahaan di Indonesia merasa hebat ketika berhasil mengaudisi karyawannya dalam bahasa Inggris. Biar sedikit intelek, bro!

Dari perusahaan dengan banyak istilah asingnya – meeting, outing, order, customer, owner, break event point, part time, office boy – mari beralih ke bidang lain. Dalam pemerintahan, kebanggaan meminjam istilah Inggris juga amat mengenaskan – kalau tidak mau disebut mengesalkan atau memuakkan. Tampak sekali kalau para pejabat kewalahan untuk berkomunikasi dalam bahasa Indonesia sepenuhnya, sehingga merasa perlu meminjam istilah asing. Tengoklah istilah seperti impeachment, smart card, voting, sampai yang paling tolol, busway.

Entah, tulah apa yang menelanjangi identitas kebangsaan kita. Kenapa kata-kata asing bertaburan dalam percakapan sehari-hari? Bahasa Indonesia seakan tak mampu bersolek dengan anggun bila tidak menggandeng bahasa Inggris. Orang paling bodoh sekali pun diatur gaya berbahasanya agar fasih melafal tengkyu, sori, serprais, sekuriti, syoping sebagai syarat penduduk berwawasan global – walau pengetahuan dan nalarnya tidak diajak mengglobal.

Tidak ketinggalan – dan ini yang paling menyakitkan – institusi publik yang seharusnya mendidik masyarakat, malah melayani kekeliruan berbahasa tersebut. Kita lihat bagaimana sekolah-sekolah berbangga dengan mengganti namanya dengan bahasa Inggris. Universitas mengiklankan dirinya di media dengan istilah Inggris seperti admission, free laptop, the leading university, faculty of management, dan seterusnya. Padahal target pemasarannya adalah orang-orang yang sehari-hari berbahasa Indonesia.

Media cetak maupun elektronik juga melayani semua kekenesan ini. Simak saja kata-kata yang mondar-mandir di halaman mata kita. Ada Today Dialogues, Woman of the Year, Sport, Headline News, dan sebagainya. Pada SINDO, sebuah media massa nasional, yang logikanya adalah sebuah media yang turut bertanggungjawab terhadap budaya berbahasa, pun bersikap demikian. Coba periksa koran ini pada tiap edisinya. Di halaman depan, mata pembaca sudah dihadang dengan rubrik ‘news’ dan ‘quote of the day’. Usaha meng-inggris ini belum usai, karena disusul di lembar-lembar berikutnya: rubrik ‘financial revolution’-nya Tung Desem Waringin, rubrik ‘people’, rubrik ‘fashion’, rubrik ‘food’, rubrik ‘rundown’, atau cap ‘special report’ pada artikel tertentu. Jangan tersenyum geli dulu, karena bukan saja SINDO, koran-koran lainnya pun tak luput dari gaya-gayaan berbahasa ini.

Mau contoh lain? Tak usah pergi jauh, karena cukup sambil duduk menggenggam halaman ini, bayangkanlah segala sesuatu di sekitar anda: merek permen, keterangan dalam bungkus mie instan, nama restoran, keterangan dalam gedung (exit, toilet, emergency), dan seterusnya, dan sebagainya, yang kalau dituliskan semua, artikel kali ini hanya akan memuat daftar ‘dosa’ tersebut. Dan tentunya memanjangkan rasa jengkel.

Lalu, menjadi sehebat Inggris atau Amerika-kah bangsa ini ketika berhasil mengadopsi bahasa mereka? Apakah dengan serta merta ekonomi negara menjadi seciamik mereka? Apakah dengan begitu terlihat cerdas karena berhasil mensejajarkan diri dengan bangsa Barat? Sampai sebegitu jijiknyakah kita terhadap bahasa Indonesia sehingga pada kata ‘peralatan kantor’ perlu ditemani kata dalam kurung ‘stationery’, ‘nyata’ ditemani kata dalam kurung ‘real’, atau ‘kekuatan’ yang ditemani ‘power’? Seakan mata kita lebih karib dengan kata di dalam kurung ketimbang kata dalam bahasa Indonesia-nya.

Masih cukup waraskah kita ketika menertawakan seorang artis muda yang ber-Inggris ria, “hujan..beychek..ojhek”, yang padahal adalah cermin dari ketidakberpribadian diri kita sendiri? Atau celakanya, latah pun kalau bisa dibuat-buat agar yang keluar secara spontan adalah kata, ‘oh my god’, ‘monkey’, ‘shit’, ‘fuck you’, atau ‘event organizer’.

Pada kasus lain kita temukan bagaimana sikap sok inggris ini tidak diimbangi dengan pengetahuan memadai. Contoh paling fatal, juga paling tolol, ada pada isitilah ‘busway’ yang tidak mengindahkan aturan bahasa, terlebih logika. Mana ada frase, “ke Blok M naik ‘jalanan bis’ sangat nyaman”.

Coba perhatikan, bagaimana kita melafal ‘AC’ (Air Conditioner) dan’HP’ (Hand Phone). Bukankah kita menyepel a-se untuk ‘AC’ dan ha-pe untuk ‘HP’? – padahal kalau sok Inggris layaklah dieja ei-si dan eitch-pi. Tapi tidak pada ‘VCD’ (Video Compact Disc) dan ‘PC’ (Personal Computer), karena kita menyepel vi-si-di dan pi-si. Konyolnya, ‘Media Nusantara Citra’ (MNC), dieja dengan em-en-si, bukan em-en-ce.

Yang paling menyedihkan, justru yang menghargai budaya (bahasa) Indonesia adalah orang asing. Mungkin kita sudah bosan mendengar bagaimana bertaburnya kelompok musik gamelan Jawa di Amerika. Di Eropa, beberapa konservatori musik malah menyediakan jurusan musik karawitan atau gamelan bali. Tengoklah yang terdekat, misalnya di Erasmus Huis, sebuah pusat budaya Belanda di Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan. Dalam program bulanan kegiatan yang dicetak di atas brosur, bahasa Indonesia-lah yang didahulukan, kemudian baru disusul dengan bahasa Belanda kemudian Inggris. Bila ada pementasan pun, buku acara, bahkan kata sambutannya pun – walau terbata-bata – mendahulukan bahasa Indonesia. Gilanya, hal ini justru terbalik bila artis Indonesia yang tampil.

Pada konser Nusantara Symphony Orchestra yang berkolaborasi dengan Tokyo Philharmonie Orchestra di Balai Sarbini, 10 Juni 2008 lalu, sebagai perwakilan dari Indonesia, Miranda Goeltom yang orang Indonesia memberi sambutan, tentunya dalam bahasa Inggris. Lalu, sebagai perwakilan Jepang, kata sambutan dari ‘Duta Besar Luar Biasa dan Berkuasa Penuh Jepang untuk Republik Indonesia’, Kojiro Shiojiri menyusul. Shiojiri yang asli Jepang ini, yang tidak ada untungnya karena memakai bahasa Indonesia, malah dengan pede-nya berpidato dalam bahasa Indonesia, meski terbata. Sudah cukup muakkah membaca kenorakan kita di atas?

Memang, bahasa yang hidup adalah bahasa yang dinamis dan terus dirusak. Tidak seperti bahasa yang sudah mati seperti bahasa Latin. Namun dalam konteks ini, sama sekali tidak menandakan bahwa masyarakat Indonesia sedang mengembangkan bahasanya secara sadar. Sebaliknya, masyarakat kita tidak mempunyai kemampuan untuk mengenali fenomena budaya yang menggigiti identitas bangsa. Tidak mampu mengatasi kekagokkannya sendiri terhadap budaya asing. Mirip orang kampung yang merias berlebihan dengan segala pernak-pernik kota sepulangnya ke kampung halaman.

Bangsa yang persoalan budaya-nya dianggap sepele bukan Indonesia sendiri. Tenang saja, kita ada kawan. Bangsa Romawi adalah kawan yang dimaksud. Secara militer Romawi memang menjajah Yunani, tapi dalam hal kultural, Yunani-lah yang menjajah. Kalau kita, militer dijajah, budaya dijajah, ekonomi juga dijajah. Lalu apa yang bisa membuat bangsa ini tidak terjajah? Ketika tersinggung saat membaca artikel ini, begitu jawabnya.

Jadi, tersinggunglah!

Roy Thaniago
Penggiat Agenda 18,
Pecinta Bahasa Indonesia


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