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By Rich Karpinski

Micro-blogging service Twitter isn't a mainstream small biz activity -- yet.

But it's getting close.




Twitter itself is evolving in interesting ways. What was first mainly a way to publish small personal snippets is now best-viewed as your own personal, real-time info and feedback community. The key is that Twitter only really becomes interesting when you have a good-sized community of "followed" and "followers."

I've been experimenting and getting my feet wet with Twitter (@richkarpinski) but small biz guru Anita Campbell of Small Biz Trends has fully caught the bug and is advocating Twittering for small biz:


Mixed in among the short updates from friends, colleagues, acquaintances, or people youd like to get to know, you start to notice patterns. You start picking up small clues about their personalities, about their priorities, and about events in their lives. Its a mosaic, a backdrop that helps you understand how they tick. You become more engaged in them and in their work precisely because you learn some details of their personal existence. You start to care more about them on a personal level. Thus, you care more about their work and become a more engaged member of their community.


The main way to Twitter is via Twitter.com, but many experienced users choose to work with some sort of Twitter client. The problem is there are so many alternatives that it's hard to decide which one to try.




I worked my way through Twhirl, Twitbin and a few others before settling on Twitterlicious, which isn't even one of the most-used options on this otherwise interesting of top Twitter clients from Read/Write Web. Use it as a guide to find a Twitter client you might like:



1. Web 56% (20734)
2. IM 8% (2975)
3. Twhirl 7% (2754)
4. Twitterrific 7% (2462)
5. TXT 5% (1683)
6. Twit 3% (1182)
7. TwitterFox 2% (1114)
8. movatwitter 2% (718)
9. P3:PeraPeraPrv 1% (459)
10. Netvibes 1% (266)
11. TwitBin 1% (260)
12. Twitter Tools 1% (222)
13. TwitterPod 0% (159)
14. TwitterIrcGateway 0% (152)
15. Snitter 0% (147)
16. BeTwittered 0% (106)
17. Tweetr 0% (95)
18. NatsuLion 0% (84)
19. Facebook 0% (79)
20. PocketTweets 0% (70)









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