oneforty.comTwitter can be confusing, especially when you’re just getting started. The Twitter website itself is fairly simple. It allows you to post messages (or “tweets”), view tweets from people you’re following and run a search on everyone’s tweets. That’s about it.

The magic really begins to happen when you are able to use Twitter on-the-go on your phone, build groups of people who seem most interesting to you, or share photos and files through Twitter. All this, and so much more, is possible because Twitter has made it extremely easy for developers to build applications (commonly known as “apps”) which enhance our Twitter experience. Some of these are designed to make us more social, more productive, just have fun, connect with people based on geography or expertise, manage our brand reputation, and offer a customer service outpost.

I’m often asked to recommend the best apps to manage Twitter from someone’s iPhone, which apps allow photos to be posted to Twitter and so on. To date, there have been many people who have compiled lists of Twitter apps, but with the speed of all things Twitter-related, the lists are outdated within hours of being posted. Plus, for the most part, lists are just lists – without the additional information which makes finding and choosing the right app for your needs.

To make sense of it all in a clean and easy-to-use format, Lauren Fitton (@pistachio), has just released to open beta (meaning that it is now open to everyone). The site is well organized, allowing you to search for an app by category, read reviews and share your own experiences with the apps you’ve used.

I encourage you to take a look. You just might find the perfect app to make your day a little easier or more productive.

What do you think? Do you expect to be a helpful resource to you?