Twitterlicious is a windows application for Twitter (obviously). It uses the API as all Twitter applications do (well, the “good” ones) but is a desktop application. There are some other desktop applications but many of the ones I have looked at and used in the past were web based (TwitterFox).
- Small and concise UI
- Hides itself in the system tray when not needed, and offers pop up notification
- Displays the read and unread status of tweets
- Allows you to control the refresh rate
- And more – see the site for a complete list
Twitterlicious Quick Commands:
- Ctrl + W — minimise the Twitterlicious main window.
- Ctrl + R — refresh.
- Ctrl + K — mark all twits as read.
- Ctrl + Return — send update (same as clicking “Go”)
- And many more
The Good Stuff
Overall the product isnt bad for the price (free but they ask for a donation), but it isnt for me. To really be able to use it well you have to know the quick commands and that involves a learning curve. Twitterlicious doesnt do much to separate direct messages from community messages and makes it more difficult to find them then it should be.
Some other problems that I had include:
- I cant click links, I have to use the keyboard commands
- I cant click to a user’s profile, again I must use the keyboard commands
- To open a link, you again must right click the area or use keyboard commands
- No way to see my archive of tweets
- Unlike TwitterFox or the web site I cant click on the names that people @ to.
- The application displays a person’s name(which throws me off personally)
- Windows only, no Mac support. This really doesnt bother me, just thought I would point it out.
There were some good things about it but none that really stick out but here are a few just to be fair: It didnt crash, it was quick and easy to configure, it was a small download, and I was up and running quickly once it was setup.
If you are looking for a desktop application for Twitter I would have to say to go with Twirl (review to come soon) over Twitterlicious or to give TwitterFox a look as it integrates into Firefox very nicely.