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TwitZap – slice Twitter into channels and real-time update

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


About IdoNotes

Professional bio: Chris Miller, known as IdoNotes across the web is based in St Louis, MO as the Director of Messaging & Collaboration for Connectria and the Founder of Spiked Studio Productions.. Connectria is one of the largest IBM hosting and remote management partners. Chris speaks globally at conferences and events including: View Admin 2003-2009 View Admin Europe 2003-2008 Domino 7 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Real-Time Collaboration Seminar Lotusphere 2003-2012 ILUG 2008, 2010 ULUG 2009, 2011, 2012 Collaboration University 2006-2010Domino Optimization Tour 2010 BLUG 2011, 2012 NLLUG 2010 AusLUG 2011, 2012 Other awards, events and information: Founder of IamLUG - the North American Lotus User Group event held annually. 2009-present Chris, via Connectria, is a Lotus Award winner 3 times and a finalist 5 times since 2000. Winner of the Gary Guthrie Award for Technical Writing in 2002 Previous board member of the St Louis Domino and Notes User Group Previous board member of VALU (the predecessor to LotusUserGroup) Advisory Board member to Chris is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions which produces industry related podcasts, webcasts and more. Shows include: IdoNotes - one of the longest running Lotus related technical podcasts BlackBerry Today - a video podcast on the hottest device, application and BlackBerry/Playbook news Consultant In Your Pocket - deep technical webcast training delivered free and subscription IdoSphere - a two day online technical event TheSocialGeeks - a leading social media roundtable podcast Sametime Guide - a video training tutorial on installing and administrating IBM Sametime TheSocialNetworker - a social media site review webcast and interview series now including Social Stalking content on social media security and privacy Certifications: PCLP since Domino R4 in administration and in Development through R5 Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging Domino 7 and 8 Certified Security Administrator Sametime Administration 7.5.x-8.5 CLP Collaboration (retired certification Aug 2006) CLI for numerous administration areas including Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections Yes I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out. Animals: One dog, a Puggle. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me. A ninja death cat. I only see her when she strikes Music: Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks. I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.


2 thoughts on “TwitZap – slice Twitter into channels and real-time update

  1. a little too similar to new seesmic desktop too

    Posted by alterius bloggum | April 13, 2009, 2:05 pm

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