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Twhirl

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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 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Did not work!"

    August 11, 2013  |   By 4tires

    Version: Twhirl 0.9.4

    Pros

    None that I could find.

    Cons

    I couldn't make this work, no matter how hard I tried.

    Summary

    Since this piece of software got a good review, I decided to try it. I downloaded it, installed it, and did everything I was supposed to do, but I could not make it work. It just sat there and did absolutely nothing, so I uninstalled it.

    In my opinion, this piece of software is crap.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "lets you see back in time if you are interested"

    January 4, 2011  |   By teabird66

    Version: Twhirl 0.9.4

    Pros

    for those of us who are not on twitter all day it allows you to look back in time at what has happened if you are interested at that time easily.

    Cons

    getting linked pictures is not as easy as if you log in to twitter, but it is still painless.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Requires my system password to DELETE it????"

    February 21, 2010  |   By morgang48

    Version: Twhirl 0.9.4

    Pros

    I downloaded but decided I don't need it, so haven't tried it

    Cons

    When I try to delete the .app file, it REQUIRES my system password.

    Summary

    I'm very suspicious of any software of this kind that would require my system password to delete it from my machine. Anyone know how to get it off???

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Still my favorite app (but it's not being developed)"

    September 30, 2009  |   By hemmeter

    Version: Twhirl 0.9.4

    Pros

    IM like interface. Doesn't fill the whole screen/
    small font!!!!! Other clients insist on taking up too much space per Tweet
    Easy nav

    Cons

    They stopped development on this app and are working on the less-cool Seesmic app. Not sure why.

    Summary

    It's been out of development for many months, but is still the nicest UI of any Twitter app. If you like the idea of having your Tweets in an Instant Messenger sized UI, this is for you.

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