Simply for the sake of satisfying a curiosity itch, I did a search on the Mac App Store for Twitter. One word. Why? To see how many Mac apps were suitable for tweeting or had some aspect or connection to Twitter. The results were astounding.
Much Ado About Tweet Nothings
As you would expect, most of the top search results were for Twitter apps. Tops on the list was the official Twitter app, creatively titled Twitter. Next was the even better Twitter app, Twitterrific. And so on.
Search results looked like this:
The Mac App Store is loaded with Twitter app variants, apps that do Twitter and Google and Facebook and Flickr, apps that do something else but let you tweet about it.
Clicking to the Most Popular listing changed a few things. Twitter remained at the top, but the rest of the apps switched places.
Some apps check to see who’s no longer following you or makes it easy for you to unfollow others. Still other apps belong to an entirely different social network. One app lets you tweet what’s playing on iTunes.
Plenty of Mac apps aim to aggregate your social networks, so you have a single app to use instead of many. Another Mac Twitter app speaks the Twitter timeline as new tweets stream in.
Twitter is interesting but it’s shepherd and sheep. Few shepherds and many sheep. And many apps for the sheep.