An interesting part of Twitter’s growth story are the growing number of alternatives to Twitter.com to publish and read updates.
The problem with Twitter.com is it has a no-frills interface that has become far less user-friendly and intuitive compared with third-party tools such as Tweetdeck, Seesmic, HootSuite, CoTweet, Tweepler and Tweetie.
So, how many people are using something other than Twitter.com to use Twitter?
In our first “Inside Twitter” report, which involved indexing 11.4 million Twitter accounts, we discovered that nearly 55% of Twitter users use something else other than Twitter.com. The most popular clients are Tweetdeck (19.7%), TwitterFon (4.5%) and Twitterfeed (3.8%).
While our report suggests the majority of Twitter users are not using Twitter.com, a new report from Rapleaf suggests that 65% of all updates come from Twitter.com. Twitter via SMS is the second-most popular (6%), followed by Tweetdeck (4%), the mobile Web (4%) and Twitterfon (3%).
So, how do you use Twitter? If you use something other than Twitter.com, what’s your tool of choice?