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Twhirl – a Twitter client I miss second most

Twhirl was my second favorite Twitter clients of all time. From the way it handled multi-account Twitter management, to hovering over the side of my screen, I miss you Twhirl. After they were bought and merged and relaunched as the new Seesmic Desktop, it never felt or acted the same.

twhirl multi accounts

Yes, it was an Adobe Air application giving it multi-platform support. It was one of the first to handle it well. It was one of the first to easily let you flip between personas in Twitter and react, answer and respond individually with ease. I could run them as individual windows (like columns but cooler) or let them float with transparency.

twhirl themes colors

Skins were possible for some minor color schemes to blend it in.  With over 10 themes loaded with the default client, you could find one that either blinded you or made you feel like you were in a seashore diner back in the 1980’s.

We originally viewed it in 2008 on and it became my everyday client for over a year. Automatic updates were easily applied or manually allowed using the Air platform. Humorously it still tries to get that last update I never applied but cannot reach the Twhirl servers.  The website still runs with a ton of xml errors.  The client still launches but any attempt to log in is greeted with an Authentication status “Basic authentication is not supported” since it did not use oAuth.

The funniest part is the FriendFeed part still functions. Yes that darn thing that Facebook bought and tried to bury is still alive and kicking.

I wonder if Loic and the team had a few cycles to change it to oAuth and get it working again.

Posterous sends final notice and backup plan

Posterous, acquired by Twitter, announced back in Feb 2013 that it would shut down April 30, 2013. They have now issued an email reminder and steps to archive your content.

posterous shutting down permanently

On April 30th, we will turn off posterous.com and our mobile apps in order to focus 100% of our efforts on Twitter. This means that as of April 30, Posterous Spaces will no longer be available either to view or to edit.

Right now, you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents.

Here are the steps:

You are also able to import or move into WordPress, Squarespace and some other platforms. While all of these provide a way out, it strengthens the argument of what happens to a product or site when Twitter buys it. In two moves Twitter kills the ecosystem of smaller partners and companies.  One could also counter that Google does the same. I would agree and say they both follow the same optimistic path of buying good talent and closing products down.

A founder of Posterous started Posthaven, a paid service, to continue on what Posterous offered. Outside of buying an application with a one time fee, so many of us are hesitant to pay monthly for anything.  It is not in our new social DNA. Companies are fighting to make free products, reduce advertismenets to appease users and stay afloat.

What ar your thoughts? Did you use Posterous? Are you surprised that Twitter shut them down as well? Are you migrating or giving it up?

Little Bird with Marshall Kirkpatrick | TheSocialNetworker Episode 37

Little Bird logoLittle Bird launched in 2011 under the watchful eye of CEO and co-founder Marshall Kirkpatrick. This Twitter tool helps you quickly find and analyze who the top experts are, including their social graph and interaction with each other, based on keywords you select.

The simple and very clean interface of Little Bird allows you to quickly begin building reports or even viewing some sample live reports they have built for you.  There seemed to be a heavy push toward wine and cheese in those sample reports for some reason.  Take a look at the interview below that Marshall afforded me on short notice before we go on.

What I found, as shown in the video, was an interesting filtered approach to looking at what you would once consider Twitter searches. You would then manually sort through the results looking for interesting people to follow or hope to gain their attention.  Little Bird does all of this for you and then correlates the experts (or insiders as they are called in the application) to show newest, oldest, most followed and most active experts on Twitter in a tabbed report format.  You are able to reply, retweet and favorite results as you would expect.

I did appreciate some additional tools Little Bird built-in that reached outside of Twitter to show what the experts are sharing, reading and blogging. This gives me a better indicator of who they are and content they actually share. I was able to skim in a magazine format images, links that were retweeted and more. There was also the amazing Comparison feature that allows you to enter any Twitter name and show how many experts that account follows and how many experts follow it.  Great for competition in business or even your own personal account.

We reviews hundreds of tools on EverythingTwitter, each with their own unique target.  Little Bird aims to be a solution for companies (individuals are welcome to use the service) to find experts they can interact with across Twitter and strengthen relationships and even leverage their social graph. Knowing and graphing what experts follow each other is something I have not seen in other tools.

The site itself is currently in beta and you can easily get a free 14 day trial to see how it works and begin building reports. Head over to Little Bird to get your account and tell Marshall I sent you

TheSocialNetworker Episode 29 – Twitter application security

I was recently bitten by an application I previously authorized against my Twitter account sending out some tweets I did not agree with.  This prompted me to review my application security setting inside of Twitter.  It opened my eyes into just how trusting we are, and shouldn’t be.

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In the video I walk you through where to check what applications have access to your Twitter account and what access rights you have given.