TwitHive Fails To Excite
Posted by Sharon Hurley Hall on December 13th, 2009
TwitHive is a browser (web) based Twitter application. It is similar to web clients such as Brizzly and Hootsuite. To get started, link your Twitter account with OAuth. You can add multiple accounts, with each appearing in a new column.
The TwitHive Interface
The tweet columns are attractive and easy to read. At the bottom of each are retweet and reply buttons. Click on those to pop up a window where you can change which account your reply comes from and shorten URLs (with bit.ly). A nice feature here is that you can see the tweet you are replying to. However, a failing is that the default account for messages is the first one you add in Twithive. It would make more sense to automatically reply from the account where you click the tweet.
Clicking on an avatar brings up a great information window, showing the person’s profile, number of tweets and recent tweets, followers and people they are following. You can then easily add people to your own following list from this interface.
Using Columns In TwitHive
In addition to new columns for accounts, you can use columns to follow searches, keywords, conversations, questions, retweets and URLs. You can also turn refresh on and off for the whole page. An interesting innovation is the ability to see your column as a keyword cloud. Click on a keyword to see all related tweets and to reply or retweet.
How TwitHive Compares
That’s how TwitHive works, but is it really a useful addition to handful of web based Twitter clients already out there? Here are some of the features other clients have which are really useful:
- automatically responding to tweets from the right account
- the ability to schedule tweets, which is great for business bloggers
- support for Twitter lists
Features such as multi-column view, inline conversation view and the ability to follow/unfollow from within the application are pretty standard for many Twitter clients, so there’s nothing to get particularly excited about there.
The keyword cloud view is a bit special, providing another way to filter your Twitter stream, and the inclusion of Navgle search results whenever you search is potentially useful.
Bottom line: TwitHive is unlikely to capture any die hard users of Hootsuite, Seesmic or Tweetdeck, but if you have never used a Twitter web application, then it might be worth a try.