Let’s just say that when I first signed up for Twitter, I was less than impressed. Besides the cool SMS nature of the service, which I wasn’t using, it just seemed like a very limited group IM web platform to me. It didn’t seem like a very useful service to me either, since I basically had to visit my profile page and refresh the web browser to get updates.
Because Twitter provides a very robust API, there has been a recent slew of of client applications written to take advantage of the site as a platform. Fast forward to a few months ago when reader Tommaso told me about a Twitter client called Twhirl. There have been several Twitter clients written using the new Adobe Air application platform. I have tried a couple but really feel that Twhirl is the leader among them. Since discovering this program I have become an avid user of Twitter. In fact I think I’ve started to use it a bit too much and think it has now surpassed the amount of time I spend in Google Reader.
So over the weekend I had an epiphany that the same limitations that kept me from using Twitter in the beginning (the need to visit a web page or refresh my browser) was also the same issue impeding the ability for me to follow my friends Lifestreams. Sure there’s always having the stream published as an RSS feed, but that just isn’t very sexy.
I was even able to find an Adobe Air RSS Feed reader called Fresh and tested it by importing my FriendFeed RSS feed. The results just weren’t what I was looking for. So I decided to to take matters into my own hand in the form of a hypothetical application. I created a visual mashup to represent what it would look like if I could get my FriendFeed updates using a client like Twhirl.
I bring to you LifeWhirl v.0.1
Yea…that’s what I’m talking about! And this should not be a very difficult application to produce. I really think that the first service to give me such a client will own me as a user. Not to mention diminish any level of productivity I currently am able to achieve 🙂
Let’s see if we see something like this soon.