Twitter

Twitter apps are funny things. Few Android applications invoke such passion -- furor, at times -- from users. And this coming at a time when Twitter itself is trying to de-emphasize applications for the mobile web. Third-party developers have a few more weeks before stricter API rules go into effect, limiting future growth. And even Twitter's own official app doesn't have all the bells and whistles that have been packed into any number of Twitter clients.

Everyone has a favorite Twitter app. Or two. Maybe even three. Like we said, Twitter apps are funny things. Even deprecated apps retain strong followings.

After the break, we put some 17 Twitter applications side by side in the timeline view. Most have the same basic functionality, and it's interesting to see how one app might have influenced another. We've throw in one outlier as well -- more on that app later.

So have a look, and see how your favorite Twitter application stands up against some other greats.

Update: If you're interested in seeing how some of the more popular iOS Twitter apps stand up, iMore took a look.

Boid

Boid

Carbon

Carbon for Android

Echofon

Echofon

Falcon Pro

Falcon Pro

Hootsuite

Hootsuite

Plume

Plume

Scope

Scope

Seesmic

Seesmic

Slices

Slices

Tweet Lanes

Tweet Lanes

Tweetcaster

Tweetcaster

Tweetdeck

Tweetdeck

Tweetings

Tweetings

Twicca

Twicca

Twitadex

Twit-A-Dex

Twitter

Twitter

Ubersocial

Ubersocial

Interesting, isn't it? 

If we missed anything big, yell at us in the comments.

Update: Rene Ritchie from iMore has put up his version of this post with 15+3 iPhone Twitter app timelines. Makes for an interesting comparison, so head on over and check it out.