Additional Twitter Tricks – Twhirl

twhirl-logoSince I first started tweeting on Twitter (thanks Jeremiah!), I have learned some additional tricks for maximizing my time and presence on Twitter. My main difficulty was how to manage more than one account for person and work related tweets. That is until I found out about Twhirl.

What a time saver!

I had tried using my instant messaging tool as a way to receive and send out tweets but that wasn’t as elegant as Twhirl is. With Twhirl, I no longer have to constantly refresh my browser for updated tweets. Here are some of my favorite features (updated image 11/20/08):

twhirlStarred items are unread tweets. I can either click on tweets to indicate read or mark all tweets as read.


Mouse over someone and be able to send a message, direct message, mark a tweet as a favorite, or retweet something with just a click of the mouse.


Shorten URLs automatically. While Twitter does this too, if you go over your character limit, you can’t shorten it. With Twhirl, I have three different options to shorten a URL before inserting into a tweet


Twitpic – I haven’t tried this but can see this as a valuable way to share images.


Search is actually integrated with the solution versus having to go to a different page to find people. And while Twitter has disable people search recently, Twhirl has not.


If there are specific tweets I want to favorite, I can do this. Especially useful for saving links people have tweeted about.

Give Twhirl a Whirl

Overall, I am loving Twhirl as a way to manage multiple twitter accounts for personal and business purposes. One thing to keep in mind is tracking the clicks of the links posted on Twitter. Mack Collier just wrote about Tweetburner and Ellie of HubSpot commented on other ways to track the links in the comments. I would also check out Dave Fleet’s article on tips for new twitter users.

My previous posts about Twitter:

Brave New World of Media Pitching: Twitter

Twitter Experiment: Why Follow?


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4 responses to “Additional Twitter Tricks – Twhirl

  1. Hey Cece,
    Nice tips! Did you also watch our webinar last month on using twitter for marketing & PR? It’s focused on the business-side, but has a lot of general tips too. It’s at

    Another cool tip I heard today from @gopalshenoy was that he uses one twitter app for his personal acct and another app for his corporate acct. Just another way to manage the two at the same time… I like that because it keeps it a bit more separate (you can set up different settings, and I’d get less confused).

    Good stuff!

  2. Howdy Cece
    Just downloaded Twhirl while waiting for a delayed plane. What fun. Thanks for the tip!
    Endless amusement.

  3. Thanks Ellie for info about the webinar. I was wanting to ease some of the probs I was facing with trying to manage multi accounts and found out about Twhirl.

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