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Desktop Twitter Programs Revealed

Desktop Twitter clients offer some advantages over browser-based options for the more than 175 million registered Twitter users navigating the tens of millions of daily Tweets. Desktop clients free user from the limited range of controls and UT metaphors found in the browser, and there's less chance of being bitten by a web-based exploit. Moreover, third-party browser-based clients, such as HootSuite and Slipstre.am, hint at different ways of interacting with Twitter. It's no wonder that third-p
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Twhirl is a desktop client built for Twitter and a few other services -- identi.ca, laconi.ca, Friendfeed and Seesmic Video. Because Twhirl emphasizes compactness, it doesn't use the multi-column format of programs like HootSuite or TweetDeck. However, in the long run, it's almost as easy to manage. Twhirl has been acquired by the same folks who created Seesmic, but development continues on Twhirl as a separate product. Twhirl's design works best for people with a low volume of messages in their Twitter streams or casual users who want the flexibility of a desktop client without the bulk.

SEE ALSO: Reviewed: Top 5 Twitter Clients

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