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Found a Mac-native User Streams client right under my nose

In the end, I didn’t have to go very far to find a Mac-native Twitter client that was capable of real-time User Streams; there was one already in my Applications folder: Echofon for Mac. I had forgotten that they had opened User Streams up to every user (and not just paid Pro users). After self-updating, User Streams was turned on for all my accounts. Echofon is tiny and sits out of the way — really what I want from a Twitter client (though interface-wise I still think the enigmatic Tweetie for Mac wins). TweetDeck is just too immersive for passive Twitter usage, which is more of my mode these days.

Where are all the native User Streams-enabled Twitter apps?

For as much as I think TweetDeck is an excellent client, I would still far prefer to run a Mac-native client rather than an Adobe AIR one (and please note that I felt the same way when I was on Windows primarily — this is not an Apple vs. Adobe hit). There are some great native Mac clients out there, but I’ve yet to find one running User Streams for real-time Tweets, and my expectations now outpace the periodic refresh that most clients offer. (It’s why I have had a very love-hate relationship with Tweetie for Mac.) Are you running one? Did you write one? I’d love to hear about it.