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Streamline your Twitter feeds and more with TweetDeck, HootSuite and Mixero

In a prior article, we looked at how to use Twitter lists. At some point, you may need a more robust means to filter your Tweets, especially if you manage multiple Twitter accounts. Here are three free applications that provide more sophisticated, flexible options. 

They work on most desktop operating systems and mobile devices (current exception Blackberry), and will allow you to manage your Twitter and Facebook accounts. 

For additional options, see the links section. And if you have experience with these applications or have tips or a tool you would like to recommend, please comment.

TweetDeck
TweetDeck beat out bit.ly and Twitpic to win the 2009 .netaward for "Best API Use," placed 10th in the Read Right Web Top 10 Products in 2009, and won the Shorty Award for "Best Producer of Short, Real-Time Content."


Features

- Pop-up notifications
- Geo-tagging of Tweets, map
- Manage multiple Twitter accounts
- Integration/management of existing Twitter lists
- Multi-column view
- Ability to create real-time search columns
- Simul-publish on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Myspace, or selectively publish to subset
- LinkedIn integration
- Record, share, view videoclips; view YouTube videos
- Share and view photos; Flickr, PosterousMobypictureTwitgoo supported
- Preview short URLs
- Requires installation of Adobe Air (free). Desktop: Compatible with Windows, MacOS X, Linux.
  Mobile: Compatible with iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod Touch. Blackberry client in the works, according  to a   Feb. 18 TweetDeck blog post.)

HooteSuite
HootSuite 
usually makes the list for the top tools to use when managing multiple Social Media accounts.

Vancouver-based Invoke Media, creator of HootSuite, won Best Use of Social Media in the 2009 Canadian New Media Awards competition. Hootsuite was also a finalist in the 2009 Groundswell Awards sponsored by Forrester Research in the category B2C Talking.

*Access to Ow.ly stats not available outside tool, but other URL shorteners usable, but not tracked in tool

Mixero
Mixero sets itself apart from the competition by providing more advanced filtering, notification and tracking options, hence the official slogan: "Reducing the noise."


Features

- Advanced filtering by group, channel, location
- ActiveList for update notification
- Direct messages displayed as chat
- Microchats, creation and participation in moderated chats while in Twitter
- Ability to create groups and integrate with Twitter lists
- Image preview (Twitpic, Flickr, YouTube) directly in timeline
- Conversation bubble to track prior related tweets
- Ability to detach column/window, resize and place on desktop
- Works with Most URL shorteners 
- Supports multiple Twitter accounts and Facebook
- Multiple language support
- Requires installation of Adobe Air (free). Desktop: Compatible with Windows, MacOS X, Linux.
  Mobile: Compatible with iPhone 3G/3GS, iPod Touch.

For more information:
Seesmic
JournoTwit
A Smart Web-Based Client for Twitter
The Best Twitter Apps for Windows
8 Best Twitter Clients for Mac
Kiwi: The best Mac Twitter client yet
4 New Mac Twitter Apps You May Have Missed
Review: HootSuite vs. TweetDeck
Mixero: Best Twitter Client To Keep Track of Relevant Tweets


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Alison Cummings is a Web Strategy consultant and Social Media blogger based in Montreal. You can find her on Twitter @alisoncummings and Facebook

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