We are as excited as you are about Twhirl and are happy to announce a new version today which we will be circulating as a preview to get your help and feedback. We are gathering a “circle of friends” for Twhirl and Seesmic that we will talk with as often as possible by email as a start, using other group features soon (hint!) so if you would like to get the new version of Twhirl and help us out, please just fill in the form below. We will not share your email with anybody. We will call this group “Team Seesmic-Twhirl”. Follow me on Twitter if you like too for latest updates.
When you joined below, look for a thank you email from me with the new Twhirl in it and if you do not have it within minutes, check your spam folder…
Now here are the new features of the new Twhirl. Update: Robert Scoble has a video interview of me showing the new features
Catch more tweets from people talking about you!
In this release in your @username timeline we will display not only the replies starting by @username but also all the tweets that mention your username. Example: “this is fantastic @username have fun” would not show up as a reply (and does not show up on Twitter web as a reply) but will now show up in your @ timeline on Twhirl. This is a great way of engaging with anybody mentioning your Twitter name.
Post your messages from Twhirl to Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, WordPress and a gazillion services with Ping.fm integration.
Why keep your updates only for one social software while you could reach all your friends on all of them?
Now loaded with 100% humans inside: record a video and reply to your friends straight from Twhirl.
If there is something we are positive about, is that your friends will love seeing you in video. If they know you in person, they will be happy to see you again but if they only talk to you in text usually, video brings let’s them discover you as you are in real life and that’s as close as it gets to meeting in person. Remember the “on the Internet nobody knows you are a dog?” Well, with the new Twhirl everybody will know you are not a dog. of course conversation goes both ways, so you can also reply to any of your friends straight from Twhirl and follow the conversation. All the replies to the original video (click “this conversation” and see the thread) are kept together in the thread. Twhirl also supports active conversations and user search on Seesmic. Oh and it is realtime thanks to our new XMPP/Pubsub platform watch the little light bulb when the videos show up, it means they arrive in realtime via XMPP.
Follow in near-realtime any topic, brand or username with the new saved searches showing up in your main timeline
This was one of the most requested feature by our community and we are happy to deliver it. Say you want to follow what everybody is saying about anything. Take news, like the plane that landed on water recently.
Shorten your urls with more options and now measure who clicks and where your visitors are from.
Url shortening is one of the original features that made Twhirl popular. We now have is.gd, snurl.com twurl.nl and bit.ly giving you interesting reports on how many people clicked on your links, where they are coming from and other information.
We working on many more new features for the next releases and would love your feedback, feel free to leave us comments, suggestions, bugs and vote for features at our new uservoice section.