Alert Thingy Twitter, Flickr and Friendfeed in one Desktop App

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 25, 2008
Updated • Dec 3, 2012
Internet, Twitter

Are you addicted to to social networks like Twitter or Friendfeed ? If you are you might be interested in the Adobe Air application Alert Thingy which combines data from three popular networks into one desktop application. Once installed it is possible to receive Friendfeed updates, send and receive Twitter tweets and post photos to Flickr from the desktop application.

I mentioned earlier that Adobe Air is needed to run Alert Thingy which means that you need to install it before you can install Alert Thingy. Some might think that I'm still living in the medieval Internet because I do not have a Twitter or Friendfeed account. It merely meant that I had no way of testing the application further, at least not the parts that needed an account at the two services.

I read at Techcrunch however that all information were displayed in one window in contrast to Twirl which displayed the information in two windows.

A nice addition is the tiny url generator which surely comes in handy when posting messages to Twitter. The Flickr upload was designed to be easy as well. As far as I can tell only one image can be uploaded at a time but that one can be dropped into the Alert Thingy interface. I suppose it's a great application if you use those services.

Update: The Alert Thingy homepage is no longer available. Program downloads are still available on third party sites such as Softpedia. The issue here is however that the program is not updated anymore, which means that it will eventually (or already has) stop working with the three sites that it supports.

It is therefor a good idea to use a different software for the purpose. While I'm not aware of a program that combines Friendfeed, Twitter and Flickr in one interface, you could try MetroTwit for your Twitter needs or Element Photo Gallery for desktop photo uploads to Flickr.


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  1. Angelo R. said on April 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Well I added the FriendFeed app on facebook, and so when I update my twitter stuff, it shows up on facebook as well. I normally just use it to sorta tell my few friends who use twitter whats going on :P, but since I have the facebook app as well, it sort of lets everyone else know as well.

  2. Martin said on April 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Angelo I don’t see a reason to use it. Maybe you can tell my why you use the service ?

  3. Angelo R. said on April 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve been using twhirl for a little while now and it makes updates to twitter fairly easy. While I DO like the interface to AlertThingy (the transparent-ness) I don’t think that warrants a move to it. Even though it does support twitter, I probably won’t use the FriendFeed (feels like a twitter clone) and I know I won’t use Flickr.

    Speaking of Twitter, how come you don’t have an account Martin?

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