I like Twhirl. It makes me a jolly good fellow
I like Twhirl. It’s small and light and makes me feel mellow
(Makes him feel mellow)
With apologies to Tom T. Hall and his I Like Beer song. And a bit more not in verse…
Loic, I know Seesmic is supposed to be your next big thing when it comes with Twitter apps. I know it has even more features out today such as list support. Got it. Heck, when I was at the August Capital party after the TechCrunch Real Time Stream CrunchUp event, you had a table out showing me Seesmic and half convinced me to move over to it from Twhirl.
I complained I didn’t like all the panes, that I like how I can tuck Twhirl into a side of my laptop and keep up without giving over all my screen real estate. That I could easily toggle to see replies, direct messages and so on. You responded that Seesmic could do all the exact same things and toggle between accounts. OK — I took a few Seesmic stickers (have one on my front door right now even) then went off to try it.
Couldn’t install. It wouldn’t install. Some bug with the Mac. So I never got to using it. About two weeks ago, I finally got it going. Guess what? Not that impressed, so far. For one, there was no way to import all my account settings from Twhirl. You want me to migrate? Don’t make me reenter four different Twitter accounts I monitor, along with a FriendFeed account plus API keys for these for Bit.ly.
Second, Seesmic still takes up more room than Twhirl, as far as I can see. But to help, in a future post, I’ll really lay out side-by-side why Twhirl still does it for me and what I’d like changed to make me a Seemic user.
In the meantime, when I am using Twhirl and posting to Twitter from Twhirl, don’t report in my status line that I’m using Seesmic like this:
That’s not on. And don’t tell people this is because they’re using a “Seesmic” product, as has been done.
Really, it looks like you’re doing it because plenty of people still use Twhirl, but if you report Twhirl separately, then you risk dividing your usage for those top application lists that people obsess over.
I get that. I feel for you about it. But it’s still not right. I’m using Twhirl — so say that. And also don’t make me feel that Twhirl’s going to die at any moment, as you do on the Seesmic home page:
Twhirl’s your “previous desktop client?” That makes me think it’s going away. Hey, your decision to make. I’m sure that would force some people into finally using Seesmic, weird name and all. I might be one of them, if you can keep it as light as Twhirl.
Then again, I might go elsewhere.