Apr 8 2009
There are a lot of great Twitter applications available, but Twitter in your inbox? TwitterGadget makes it easy to monitor your favorite Twitter users and personal messaging from your iGoogle homepage, Gmail account, or directly in your browser. Created by LOGIKA Corporation, this Web 2.0 tool allows you to post status updates and conduct searches without opening additional tabs. View your complete stream or only select individuals, send @ replies, and direct messages (DM), but there are several additional features that make TwitterGadget extremely powerful.
TwitterGadget offers a built-in search that allows users to search by keyword or hashtags, profile statistics of individuals in your stream, and keyboard shortcuts.
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Positive: Beyond providing your basic history, TwitterGadget provides symbols and emoticons that can be added to tweets. Accidentally tweet a typo or a broken link? You can go back and delete it! Other great features include the advanced settings, which lets you personalize color and sound options. TwitterGrader also allows you to hover over shortened URLs to reveal the full URL. And, the quick retweet feature and built-in URL shortening service makes spreading content a breeze. Most importantly, the keyboard shortcuts are incredible time savers.
Negative: After adjusting the settings, Twitter streams are automatically updated every three minutes, or they can be updated manually. Not having real-time updates can make having a fluent conversation difficult.
Conclusion: Using TwitterGadget is seamless, provides a significant level of personalization, saves times, and improves user experience. Users can tweet in a cleaner environment with built-in search. Once TwitterGadget becomes real-time it may be the best Twitter application available, if it’s not already!