Desktop tweeting

Update your status, reply to messages, and read friends' timelines with this small, all-in-one desktop app for Twitter and Friendfeed.

One of the first desktop Twitter services built on the Adobe AIR platform, Twhirl rolls the functionality of many ancillary services into one. For example, Twhirl automatically swaps in shortened URLs in place of long URLs, sends photos to TwitPic, and searches for Twitter topics using a built-in TweetScan engine. In the settings, you can configure Twhirl to cross-post updates to Jaiku and Pownce, much like the service Ping.fm. An acquisition by Seesmic results in video tweets courtesy of that service.

Though cheery, the interface is also economical, providing extensive options for viewing and updating statuses and messages for all your Twitter, Friendfeed, and laconi.ca accounts without overcrowding the small screen. The preferences let you customize your receipt of tweet alerts, the program font, and network pings, but still no skinning. We'd like to see options for dark, sleek, and multicolored looks. We approve of the quick icons for sending messages, and for unfollowing and blocking unwanted contacts. While no longer the freshest-looking desktop Twitter app, Twhirl's small size and full features are a convenience.

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