Do you Twitter?
Millions of people do. Twitter is one of the many next-generation social networking websites available to Internet users, designed to keep people informed of exactly what you’re doing at that very moment.
Twitter is easy to use. Simply login to the website, and – in 140 characters or less – write down the answer to the question, “What are you doing?” This can be as simple as “I’m watching television” or “I’m going shopping in ten minutes” or anything. There are widgets out there that allow others to zero in on just your account, which means Twitter can be used as a sort of notification system. If you know your significant other keeps an eye on your Twitter account, a message such as “Going to the store in 30 minutes, call if you want anything special” can be just as effective as a phone call.
While Twitter is nice, it is browser-based, so using it has typically meant keeping a web browser opened, and the web browsers large standard window can often get in the way of doing other things.
Enter Twitterrific. Twitteriffic, brought to you by the fine people at The Icon Factory, is billed by the authors as “a fun little application that lets you both read and publish posts or “tweets” to the Twitter community website.” Twitterrific has a smooth, black, glossy modern look, and takes advantage of transparencies and other Mac technologies to look like an integral part of the desktop. It has a very clean interface, with no advertising, and is incredibly simple to use.
If you don’t ever post to Twitter, you can use it to keep track of those who do. You’ll still need to login, and then you can decide whether you want to keep an eye on public “tweets,” or if you have friends you want to keep an eye on. Twitterrific can be set so that you only see its interface when a new post arrives, or its window (which by default is quite small, but can easily be enlarged), can be kept always in view to give you a constantly-changing view of what other people are doing.
To post a note of your own, simply enter the text into the small text-entry box at the bottom of the window, and hit the post button. That’s it! It’s incredibly simple to use.
And Twitterrific is customizable as well. You can choose to use the Growl notification system, which will put a tiny pop-up window in the upper-right corner of your screen whenever a new “tweet” arrives. I’d recommend not using this feature if you’re looking at the public “tweet” list, since no matter how often you choose to update Twitterrific, you’ll likely get ten or fifteen new “tweets” at the minimum, and those Growl notifications can really clog up the screen! If you’re only tracking a private friends list, on the other hand, the Growl notifications can be great, because it allows you to not keep the Twitterrific window on screen all the time. Or, Twitterrific can be set so that you only see the window when a new “tweet” arrives. Otherwise it stays out of the way, with the tiny menu bar icon the only evidence it is even running.
While I’m not a die-hard Twitter fanatic, I think the idea is fun, it’s obviously popular, and Twitterrific really does make Twitter more convenient to use on the Mac. If YOU Twitter, it’s a great program, and I definitely recommend you try it out!