Five Apps Better Than Twitter's New Train Wreck

Twitter has undergone a major transformation. Like a caterpillar that's emerged as a weird looking tiny-text butterfly that hates direct messages. Some will embrace Twitter's change in design philosophy, but grizzled social media veterans already hate it.

If you're falling out of love with the official Twitter app, here are a few unofficial apps you should check out.

Five Apps Better Than Twitter's New Train Wreck

iOS: Tweetbot -$3

This highly customizable Twitter client features the ability to quickly reply, favorite, or retweet without having to jump into another window. Smart Gestures enhance the efficiency of the app and the last two tabs on the app are customizable to work with your Twitter workflow.

Five Apps Better Than Twitter's New Train Wreck

Android, iOS, Windows Phone: Tweetcaster - Free

With landscape mode, and the ability to set colors for your own tweets and replies to help you keep track of conversations, Tweetcaster is a solid client that's available on the top three smartphone platforms. Plus, if you have trouble keeping your tweets to 140 characters, it has Twitlonger support.

Five Apps Better Than Twitter's New Train Wreck

Windows Phone: Birdsong - $1

You bought a Windows Phone for the incredible UI. Why not get a full-featured Twitter client that looks like it belongs on your phone? It has all the features you expect from a Twitter client including integrated theme/accent color, and a status bar with unread message counts.

Five Apps Better Than Twitter's New Train Wreck

iOS, Android, Blackberry: Hootsuite - Free

Manage multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts. That doesn't sound all that exciting until you realize you can schedule your posts. Have something you want your friends but know they won't because it's 3am? Schedule it to hit your networks when they're awake. The app will also track statistics and you can check in on Foursquare.

Five Apps Better Than Twitter's New Train Wreck

iOS: Twitterific - Free

One of the first Twitter apps to hit the iTunes App Store and still one of the best. A clean design with conversation threads, tweet translation, and tiling syncing. The universal app has a unified display, so when you switch from iPhone to iPad, you know exactly where everything is.