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. smaragdus said on October 7, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I have just tested the Wikipedia Book Creator and in works fine. I am pleased that the output format can be EPUB which is far superior than PDF. For me EPUB is the best e-book format, I prefer it to FB2 DJVU and especially over PDF, not to mention Microsoft LIT, Amazon and Mobipocket trash.

  2. benny said on November 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

    they actually had epub export for awhile but then stopped. good to see it’s back.

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