TwitZap makes quite an impressive boast on what service it provides:
TwitZap lets you slice Twitter into channels of stuff that matters to you. Once your channels are set they will update in real-time, all in a familiar interface…TwitZap helps you keep track of what you have already read, even between logins….See and exchange instant tweets with other TwitZap users who are online right now
I took a dive in to see if it really delivered. I was quite interested in the ability to see who is online now since that is a common complaint. People send a tweet response thinking the person is there to answer. Sometimes they may be there, sometimes they may be busy or sometimes that had scheduled that tweet using one of the services.
Most of the UI is your normal Twitter web interface, with added tools down the right side. There are recommended channels (I wonder how we get on that list) as well as recent common hashtags.
Adding a channel was as simple as typing in the word or phrase. Now here comes the ironic part. Supposedly this site allows better loading times, almost real-time. However it took minutes for the initial stream of tweets to begin. Not seconds, minutes. If you join a channel that you create or they recommend, then you see who is online at that time watching it also. So that is where the ability to see who is online comes in it appears. Not in the sense how we would want it, as an almost IM awareness.
Clicking on the Mashable channel gave an updated feed. So I am presuming the first time you run or create one it takes some time to pull the tweets. You are able to reply, direct message the sender or retweet any you see. NO ability to favorite though. You can also follow or unfollow. However I am not sure why both buttons would appear, shouldn’t it know if I was already following them?
I clicked back to my Home tab once again to still find it pulling messages, according to the screen. Well that means I might come back later. Maybe