Twhirl Review

Twhirl brings together two of the hottest properties on the web; Adobe AIR and Twitter. AIR is Adobe’s rich media wrapper – a tool that enables users to utilise Flash, HTML, XML and JavaScript to build desktop applications with web connectivity. Twitter (www.twitter.com) is an online tool that divides users into those who ‘get it’ and those left bemused by its apparent uselessness.

The service lets you post to the web short, 140-character bulletins about what you’re currently doing. Those updates are public; published in a continuous feed on Twitter’s front page. You can follow individual feeds, reply to posts (called tweets) and even connect Twitter to other services – like Facebook.

Twitter gets useful once you’ve found feeds worth following. Blogs give detail and analysis but Twitter breaks news quicker than any other medium we’ve found. With the right tools, you can discover useful feeds on just about any subject – or become a Twitter aficionado in your own right.

Twhirl makes publishing to Twitter feeds even easier. It sits on the desktop like an instant-messaging client – and when you use it to reply to other Twitter uses it even feels like it. You can also use it to manage multiple accounts, search for users to follow and post images using third party service TwitPic.

Chiefly, Twhirl enables users to follow feeds in real time, with the client alerting you when someone on your feed list posts a new update.

OUR VERDICT

If you’re already a Twitter user, give Twhirl a whirl – it’s free, slickly styled and fast. If you’re a first-time user it’d be a good idea to sign up at twitter.com first, look for interesting feeds and get a feel for microblogging.

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