Twitter Client War: Twhirl vs. TweetDeck

Last night Loic Le Meur released a new version of Twhirl.

How does it compare to TweetDeck?

“Scoble, you’re using some weird language here.”

Yeah, if you aren’t a Twitter addict you can skip this post.

So, why compare just TweetDeck to Twhirl? Especially when there are dozens of tools to use with Twitter?

Because I listen to the people who I am following and these are the two I see getting discussed all the time. If you want me to review another tool well, get more people to talk about it!

So, anyway, now that we’ve covered my gatekeeping function, why choose one tool over another?

TweetDeck appeals to those who have to watch Twitter all day long. Journalists. Customer support people who’ve been tasked with making sure that everyone on Twitter is happy. And addicts like me.

TweetDeck is a dominant mode app. It takes over your entire screen. I have it running on an old MacBookPro that is toward the end of its life (had the crud beat out of it) and that’s all that machine does: run TweetDeck. It has several columns. The first on my screen shows all my friends that I’m following. The second shows me replies from people who put “@scobleizer” into their Tweets. The third has direct messages that are sent specifically to me. The fourth has a search for “Scoble.” Fifth has a search for “Scobleizer.” Hey, I’m an egotistical baaahhhhssssttttaaarrrrdddd, so sue me. But then the next few columns are things that are interesting to me “Cloud Computing.” “Google.” “TechCrunch.” “Ted.”

You can see how that would be useful for, say, someone who worked at a big company and needed to track everything said about her company, her competitors, and the space her company works in.

I’ve got to admit, I use TweetDeck more often because I like the layout of columns and the fact that it takes over my whole screen.

So, now we come to Twhirl. First, you should know that Twhirl was purchased by Seesmic, which is a video conversation tool. So that’s one thing you’ll notice right away about Twhirl: it’s the best way to do Seesmic videos.

Twhirl also has more features than Tweetdeck. It sends messages to ping.fm, for instance, which will redistribute your Tweets onto other services like friendfeed and facebook.

Lots of people will like the fact that Twhirl looks more like an IM client window and does NOT take over your whole desktop.

So, which one do you like the best?

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  5. I used to use tweetdeck, but couldn’t find any twitter client that did what I really needed (easy read tracking). I hated switching computers and losing track of where I was. That is why I created CrowdLens.

  6. Hi Robert,

    I wondered if you ever run across Twitterdeck not being able to load. Try as I might I cannot get Tweetdeck to load. Now I preface that by saying I have an eight year old desktop but I have never had an app just simply do nothing except click like a motor boat when I tried to access it.

    Any thoughts are appreciated from one so knowledgeable.

  7. Hmm. I am very surprised that I also faced the same situation when choosing these clients. So is it Twhirl or TweetDeck? Hmm. I am using Twhirl , as it is looks more simpler than TweetDeck. But if you wanna have the look , its TweetDeck. But the bad side is, both require Adobe AIR. I read sometime back, that it makes the PC slow. But now, I feel that the problem is solved. Another feature missing in Twhirl is, it does not have any option to auto start !! Anyhow cool article!! My Technology Blog has more on this twitter client review.

  8. Tweetdeck drives me nuts. It makes an obnoxious sound all the time, which I can't figure out how to turn off. It is huge on my screen, so I can't just glance at it while doing other things. But, the worst part is it consistently tells me I need to download an update, but when I try to do so, nothing happens. I am on a Mac.

  9. I have used Twhirl for a long time. I think it does several things very well. I just started using Tweetdeck. I think it also does several things well. The one big thing that is in Twhirl that is not on Tweetdeck is the ping.fm integration so as soon as someone creates an app for that…I am in wholeheartedly. I currently use both simultaneously as I have several Twitter accounts, a friendfeed and a Seesmic account. It is wonderful having all these in the same convenient place.

  10. I have used Twhirl for a long time. I think it does several things very well. I just started using Tweetdeck. I think it also does several things well. The one big thing that is in Twhirl that is not on Tweetdeck is the ping.fm integration so as soon as someone creates an app for that…I am in wholeheartedly. I currently use both simultaneously as I have several Twitter accounts, a friendfeed and a Seesmic account. It is wonderful having all these in the same convenient place.

  11. I am new to both Tweet Deck and Twhirl. I am going to go with Twirl. I will let you know how it goes. I read a blog about it taking up cpu space on a mac etc. But I will see what it does. Anything that connects to hundreds of people on the web in real time will most likely seem to drag a little depending on your setup. Worth a try. Peace

  12. I am new to both Tweet Deck and Twhirl. I am going to go with Twirl. I will let you know how it goes. I read a blog about it taking up cpu space on a mac etc. But I will see what it does. Anything that connects to hundreds of people on the web in real time will most likely seem to drag a little depending on your setup. Worth a try. Peace

  13. Hey Robert!
    If you use Tweetdeck, you could really combine a few search keywords into 1 column. Maybe you want to separate them because it means different things to you, but I think if you did a keyword search “Scoble OR Scobleizer”, it could help you see the other columns easier on one screen :)

    Take care!

  14. Hey Robert!
    If you use Tweetdeck, you could really combine a few search keywords into 1 column. Maybe you want to separate them because it means different things to you, but I think if you did a keyword search “Scoble OR Scobleizer”, it could help you see the other columns easier on one screen :)

    Take care!

  15. I was on twhirl for a while, useful coz I have multiple Twitter accounts. Then I thought I’d try Tweetdeck… but now I’m back to twhirl — major props for ping.fm integration

  16. I was on twhirl for a while, useful coz I have multiple Twitter accounts. Then I thought I’d try Tweetdeck… but now I’m back to twhirl — major props for ping.fm integration

  17. A suggestion: If you are going to do a “VS” post, you might consider not handicapping the product that you favor more than the one you are comparing it to. I’m just saying.

  18. A suggestion: If you are going to do a “VS” post, you might consider not handicapping the product that you favor more than the one you are comparing it to. I’m just saying.

  19. Tweetdeck, hands down. Use it mostly as you describe, but have the first column as “Favorites” for folks I follow more closely and converse with more often. Also a column for “Clients” to keep abreast of their interests. The other columns for replies, DMs, and key term monitoring.

  20. Tweetdeck, hands down. Use it mostly as you describe, but have the first column as “Favorites” for folks I follow more closely and converse with more often. Also a column for “Clients” to keep abreast of their interests. The other columns for replies, DMs, and key term monitoring.

  21. For me? Twhirl hands down. the real estate TweetDeck takes up is a dealbreaker for me, despite my Twitter addiction.

    Also, I use Twhirl to follow Friendfeed also (how I found this post, by the way). That. for me, is huge, and what got me using FF regularly.

    Now, if Twhirl 0.9 can stop crashing on me…

  22. For me? Twhirl hands down. the real estate TweetDeck takes up is a dealbreaker for me, despite my Twitter addiction.

    Also, I use Twhirl to follow Friendfeed also (how I found this post, by the way). That. for me, is huge, and what got me using FF regularly.

    Now, if Twhirl 0.9 can stop crashing on me…

  23. Thanks for the review. I will test Twhirl and TweetDeck. I am following circa 700 people now, so I have to get some assistance soon.

    Don’t you think that more and more people will use FriendFeed and use this tool in order to keep up with things, following threads, commenting / “like”-voting on stuff? And now with the new search feature, it should be pretty easy to keep tabs on things, don’t you think? I haven’t tested it yet, but I have glanced through your post on it.

  24. Thanks for the review. I will test Twhirl and TweetDeck. I am following circa 700 people now, so I have to get some assistance soon.

    Don’t you think that more and more people will use FriendFeed and use this tool in order to keep up with things, following threads, commenting / “like”-voting on stuff? And now with the new search feature, it should be pretty easy to keep tabs on things, don’t you think? I haven’t tested it yet, but I have glanced through your post on it.

  25. TweetDeck is good if you have Twitter and 12Seconds.tv.
    Twhirl is more for people with all the sites that Twhirl supports.

    It’s more of a personal preference if you ask me.

    I have both but I use TweetDeck the most.

  26. TweetDeck is good if you have Twitter and 12Seconds.tv.
    Twhirl is more for people with all the sites that Twhirl supports.

    It’s more of a personal preference if you ask me.

    I have both but I use TweetDeck the most.

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