Use Twhirl for Adobe Air to twitter

Daniel Pataki
May 13, 2008
Updated • Dec 3, 2012
Internet, Twitter

I've been quite fond of the Adobe Air environment for some time now, since it manages to achieve a lot I have been missing from traditional applications. First and foremost, many Air aps bring together your desktop and the internet, which is great if you don't want to launch your browser for a task, or you just want a simple, clean site-specific interface. As an added extra, the applications are visually very well presented, providing a lot of eyecandy that fits well into the desktop environment.

Twhirl is an Air app that enables you to use Twitter from the desktop, making status updates a breeze. I have been staying off the Twitter bandwagon so far, but I decided to give it a go, and Twhirl enables me to very quickly send updates on what I'm up to. It resides on the system tray and simply click on it, write your update and press enter at the end, that's all.

This was all the functionality I was looking for at the moment, but Twhirl does offer a lot more. You can look at replies, friends and followers, directs, favorites and more. You can also choose one of many themes that come with the app to blend it into your desktop. If you are looking for a simple app to do your Twittering work take a look at Twhirl, it's all I was looking for!

Adobe Air Twitter App


Update: Twirl has not been updated since 2009 which means that it is no longer compatible with Twitter at the time of writing. We suggest you use one of the mobile clients that Twitter has made available or a web based version like TweetDeck which is also an official Twitter product.


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  1. Chris Jones said on May 13, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    agreed, I’ve been using twhirl for a couple of months now and it’s the best twitter app i’ve used and the new friend feed integration is pretty awesome too1

  2. conedude13 said on May 14, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Agreed, love it. Much better than the twitter standalone site. Be sure to check out as well though for those phone pics that you can toss on your twitter stream. Just email it to the site and put your comment in the subject line. its TEh h07n3$$!!!

  3. Angelo R. said on May 14, 2008 at 4:35 am

    I’ve been using Twhirl for a little while now and it really is quite good. Recently though, I’ve been looking for more integration between applications that I use a lot, and I came across the TwitterFox extension. I don’t want to link directly to my blog, so I’ll just give you a brief synopsis.

    Basically TwitterFox uses almost the same interface as the default Twhirl UI, only it resides on your status bar. Clicking on a little button on the statusbar pops up TwitterFox. You can then make a quick update to your status. You can also easily see people who have replied to you. TwitterFox also gives you updates every 5 minutes (configurable amount of time) about who’s been Twittering what.

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