Brizzly Gets Some Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve logged into Brizzly, having been using recently to manage my personal Twitter account. Today, though, I needed to monitor both of my Twitter accounts for part of the day, so I decided to pop in to Brizzly to do so.

I was a bit surprised when I logged in. The interface has an entirely new look. Everything is still basically in the same place as it was before, but the color scheme is drastically different than it was the last time I visited Brizzly. In fact, there are now four themes available within Brizzly, allowing you to sort of personalize your experience.

It seems that this change, among others, was made a little over a week ago.

Twitter Buys Tweetie iPhone Client

The Web has been all abuzz over the last few days about the fact that Twitter has officially purchased the Tweetie iPhone Twitter client from its creator. This acquisition brings to mind a few questions:

  1. How is a group/company with no obvious source of income (other than investors) purchasing a commercial venture, and, how are they able to make it free (are they going to introduce advertisements)?
  2. What does this mean for other Twitter clients that are being developed for the iPhone? Will Twitbird, Tweetdeck and Echofon (formerly TwitterFon) fall off the face of the planet now that an official Twitter client has been chosen? Granted, Tweetdeck and Echofon are both diversified enough that losing the iPhone market will most likely not break them, but it still does not bode well; nor does it bode well for the spirit of competition and race to features currently found in the App Store.
  3. What does this mean for customers that already purchased the Tweetie iPhone client at full price? If advertisements are injected into the free version offered by Twitter, will paid customers have the option to opt out of those? Will there be any compensation or incentives for those that paid for the app?

What are your thoughts? What does this mean for the future of Twitter clients on the iPhone? Will the other clients go the way of URL shortening services?

Friendfeed Gets an Update

Friendfeed, which is regarded by many as a dead network since its acquisition by Facebook, was updated to get a new feature this evening. A while ago, Paul Buchheit mentioned that there were still a handful of features and fixes he wanted to make on the struggling social network, and this is the first evidence we’ve seen of that.

Wibiya Goes Public

Wibiya is a startup that offers a really cool and useful toolbar for your Web sites. For quite a while, Wibiya has been in private beta, allowing users to sign up and receive invitation codes to try it out. Today, however, Wibiya went public, allowing anyone to sign up for the service.

The toolbar offers quite a few cool features, including the ability to translate your site into various languages, a search engine, a Twitter app (to allow users to see what you’ve said on Twitter and to see what people have said about you on Twitter – including any posts that include links back to your site), a Facebook application that allows users to see what’s being said on your fan page, and much more.

Wibiya also offers an easy-to-use plugin for various platforms, including a WordPress plugin, so you don’t have to do any dirty work to get the toolbar installed and working. I definitely recommend you check it out and try it out on some of your sites.

Twitbird Pro – A Nice Twitter Client for the iPhone

Twitbird iconTwitbird Pro (TBP) is a really nice Twitter client for the iPhone. Although the interface is a little amateurish (although, it almost perfectly mimics the native SMS interface on the iPhone), TBP is packed full of really nice features. Following are some of the really cool things you can do with TBP. Keep in mind that the latest version of TBP was released over a month ago, so native retweets, geolocation, lists, etc. were not yet available on Twitter. I’m hoping that a new version of TBP will be coming soon with those features built in.

Feedly Kicks Google Reader’s Butt

First of all, I must admit that I’ve never been a big user of Google Reader. However, the other day, I discovered feedly when they released their plugin for Google Chrome. Feedly is a really nice feed reader, but it’s more than that. For one, feedly is actually integrated with Google Reader, so that any new subscriptions you add in Reader are automatically pulled into feedly and vice versa. Therefore, for everyone that’s actively using Reader, you can easily try out feedly without having to migrate anything over.