Nitter is a free and open-source alternative Twitter front-end.
Nitter’s advantages are:
- All requests go through the backend — the client never talks to Twitter
- Lightweight (profiles pages tend be 60 KB instead of 600 KB)
- RSS feeds
Currently, I suggest using the Nitter Actionstack instance if you are in the U.S.
A search page is also available here: Nitter Actionstack search page.
There are also a number of other instances of Nitter. It is about 15 times lighter than Twitter, and in some cases serves pages faster.
Nitter has a number of browser extensions maintained by the community.
In the future, an accounting system will be added. This will allow you to follow Twitter users, allowing you to have a clean chronological timeline without needing a Twitter account.