The Top Twitter Applications

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There are quite a few popular Twitter-based applications around the web. But which ones are the most popular? TechCrunch put together a list of the Top 21 Twitter Applications (According to Compete). They looked at unique monthly visitor data from Compete for the month of January to come up with their list. Here are the first ten:

Twitter Applications Monthly unique visits (Compete)
1. Twitpic 1,236,828
2. Tweetdeck 285,864
3. Digsby 233,472
4. Twitterfeed 149,812
5. Twitterholic 147,164
6. Twhirl 143,333
7. Twitturly 88,793
8. Twtpoll 74,154
9. Retweetist 60,051
10. Tweepler 51,304

There’s at least one problem with this list. Twellow is not on it (and yes, with regards to full disclosure, we do own Twellow), yet going by compete numbers, Twellow should have been number 7 at 107,866 unique monthly visitors.

Twellow Compete Numbers

If you are unfamiliar with Twellow, think about it as a yellow-pages service for finding people on Twitter.  You can search for things or browse the directory to find people who tweet about the topics you are interested in. You can also use TwellowHood to find people by Geographic location. Stay updated on Twellow Features via the Twellow Blog.


From the graph, you can also see that Twitter has been steadily increasing in popularity since September. People who use it seem to like it pretty well. Mashable called it "the people search that Twitter should’ve built."

Interestingly enough, the Compete data for Twellow is listed in TechCruch’s own CrunchBase. I’ve contacted TechCrunch asking why Twellow was left off the list, but have not yet received a response.

I don’t want to sound too nagging, but Twellow’s a top 7 Twitter App, and it’s not listed in the top 21, and we know the influence TechCrunch has in the industry. We just want people to be aware of Twellow’s place in the Twitter world.

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  • Guest

    That takes away from TechCrunch’s cred. They should admit they made an error and correct it.

    • http://twitter.com/home beautifulisness

      It was you – go on admit it you little scribe rascal.

  • http://twitturly.com Joel Strellner

    TechCrunch screwed a lot of that list up. We (Twitturly) haven’t been at 88k visitors in months. I know that that was based off of Compete data, but they should have contacted the companies on the list to get facts.

    Twitturly gets 115,000 uniques per month and is growing by about 20% each month. Compete just isn’t showing that, I am not sure why. Google Analytics does.

    The other issues with that post is listing applications, like TweetDeck, Twhirl, Digsby, Twitterholic isn’t correct. Most of those are desktop applications, not websites – which is what Compete is designed to monitor. Digsby is a 3rd party service that can also interact with Twitter, but it isn’t a Twitter application.

    • Chris Crum

      Interesting things to note. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.mysolopop.com Solopop

    Im about to claim my own page on twellow right about now i didnt know that the member count is that much right now? thats quit a huge success!

  • http://www.SusanGrisanti.com Susan Grisanti

    Welcome to Treality ~ yes i coined that term, feel free to use it fellow tweepers~

  • http://ohiobroadcastingnetwork.com/ OhioBroadcastingNetwork

    Trying to push your software over their list. Thats so sad! Twellow.
    Web pro news use to be neutral but I guess not anymore. Search engine placement and knowledge of software is what makes it popular. You could get a million downloads for software and still not be popular. Ever download software and found out it’s junk. Just because that software got millions of downloads doesn’t means it’s popular. So I think TechCrunch took all this into mind to making a list of the most popular software that people use daily.

    • Chris Crum

      Just going by the numbers they claimed to use.

  • http://marketsecrets.biz/how-to-make-your-content-sticky/ Caleb the Market Secrets Blogger

    Well, there goes my real-time convo search engine idea…or maybe not since it only searches Twitter and not other micro-blogging networks as well.

    I definitely like the site design flow and search functionality of Twellow and so signed up. It was quick, seamless, and even kinda fun.

    I think it’s good idea to promote your Twellow profile page ;)

  • http://www.pvreymond.com PV Reymond

    Yes, Twitter is really cool and there are many applications that can help you to enhance your Twitter experience.

    Here are 151 Twitter applications…


    Check them out and enjoy!

    • http://www.goldbullionandcoins.com Tony Lee

      Thanks for the list PV.

      I know twitter has become popular with wordpress as well. There seems to be a new twitter plugin popping up every week.

      This list proves that twitter isn’t just another fly by night social corner.

      • http://www.pvreymond.com PV Reymond

        Thank you Tony.

        You don’t need all those applications, just pick those that you think can help to make your Twitter experience easier.

  • http://easyadshowplace.com Glenn

    as always great info…but they need to correct

    have more twitter followers

  • http://youforexreview.com Eric

    Yeah! admit it!!

  • http://workfromhome-at.com/blog/ Aleksandar

    So far, I find only Tweetdeck as necessary. More apps seems to make me more teenager. :)

  • http://www.good-online-casino.com/ good

    As many people are pointing out in the comments, Twhirl is not included in this list. That

  • http://twittercounter.com Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

    I made an updated and dynamic new list that shows a lot more services and accurate data. Its all in a Google Doc too so it is easy to edit and manage:


    Contains 36 Twitter 3rd party services but I’m adding new ones every day.

    Oh, we founded TwitterCounter which usually isn’t on these lists but is actually on #3 both in this list, the Techcrunch list and in this Google Doc.

  • Ron

    Check out this blog dedicated to the latest Twitter apps and reviews:


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