I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. Does your product come with pretty pretty graphics and charts? SOLD. Is your product in tiny, adorable packaging? DONE. Which is how, in college, my roommate and I ended up with a case of adorable and tiny-sized yet almost impressively terrible tasting Gatorades. I think we eventually finished the case because every few days we’d walk past it and think, “Oh, it can’t be that bad. Look how cute and tiny!” The learning curve was steep that year, what can I say?
Which is why, when I saw Twimbow my eyes may have gotten a little glassy and my first response may have been, “SO PRETTY!” before I even knew what it did.
Seriously, so pretty, right?
But it’s more than just a pretty face. While TweetDeck and HootSuite allow you to create lists and columns to sort tweets, they don’t allow you to do any actual in-column sorting. I personally am not a huge fan of having to check 19 different columns to see what’s going on. While I understand and appreciate the organizational aspect of the columns, at the end of the day it’s just too much. I’d rather it all be there in one feed and I can sort from there. Twimbow allows you to color code within your twitter streams. How you choose to assign colors is up to you. Want every user to have their own color? Or maybe all the social media folk get their own color and music folk get another. The dashboard is split into three columns, your personal buzz column, the home buzz column and and search column.
With all the standard features most Twitter clients have these days, Twimbow stepped it up a notch with a few extras. You can not only easily view video and photos in the dashboard, but you can open links within the dashboard. Which, is just plain handy. It has a host of other extras such as the ability to create filters, and monitor search terms or accounts and it’s own music application where you can search and listen to music straight from the page. They’ve also got fun graphics to go along with a few hashtags. The #angrybirds one is my favorite.
Overall, it’s an aesthetically pleasing (pretty!) and functional alternative to some of the other Twitter clients out there. And for my brain, it’s perfect. How does your brain organize things? Are you a multicolumned brain or more a sort within the stream?