I am definitely not a Twitter Power User however I do like following tweets from a small number of interesting people. On Windows, I spent some time finding a Twitter client that I liked using and eventually came across Digsby which suited me. Unfortunately Digsby was aquired by a rival in the recent past and it seems that almost all development ceased. The fact that Digsby continues to be widely used despite no real support is a credit to the original developers. Anyway, having settled on a client for Windows, the search began again for a Linux alternative that was similar to Digsby.
When I was playing with ZorinOS, I was experimenting with the default Twitter client “Gwibber” but I couldn’t seem to figure out how to get it to show/highlight unread tweets. I couldn’t find a Gwibber support forum and soon got fed up with the program.
I then came across an alternative to Gwibber called Choqok which looks great but is designed for the KDE desktop. It can be installed on other desktop environments however installation causes some KDE supporting libraries to be installed which otherwise might not be needed. Fortunately Linux doesn’t use a registry like Windows so I don’t have to worry about cluttering up the registry; something that can cause Windows to gradually slow down because registry searches slow down.
The extra KDE libraries do get loaded into memory when the Choqok program starts so you could argue that there is a performance impact however with the amount of RAM reasonably available now, it is not a major worry.
Anyway, if you are fed up with your Twitter client, I’d thoroughly recommend that you try Choqok.