I’ve been running the AIR-based Twitter desktop client Tweetr for a while now. This morning though I heard about another one called Snitter (via neilford)
Quick side-by-side comparison:
I’ve been using Tweetr for some time and I’ve been perfectly happy with it… but I have to say that Snitter is pretty neat. By default it has a bright lime green skin, but you can change that to something more sober in the options. It also lets you specify transparency and “always on top” for the window, if you choose. Liking a few features… it has a system tray icon… I can see the last time it checked for tweets… the drop-down at the top lets me select between friends, followers, favourites, public, replies and direct messages (Tweetr only does my own tweets, direct messages and replies)… basically it’s more configurable, although that isn’t always a good thing, I know.
Snitter doesn’t support sending photos or files, but those are features I’ve never used in Tweetr anyway. I’m also seeing a memory footprint around 1/3 the size of Tweetr, but that could be because I’ve been running Tweetr for a couple of days and there’s a leak or something. Not sure.
One thing neither client does yet is support the new alerts… but those are done via notification anyway, so I guess the authors would need to make them into Jabber clients, which would make things much more confusing since I’m already on Google Talk. Which means I already get Twitter notifications there… so why use a desktop client in the first place. Just call me an application junkie and we’ll be quits.
An annoying bug / foible in Snitter is that for some reason, it transposes the @ and ” symbols on my keyboard. On a UK keyboard ” is above 2 and @ is near Enter… works fine in Tweetr but Snitter seems to insist that the keys are the other way around.
So anyway, Snitter is worth a shot, if you are interested in desktop clients for my favourite microblogging service.
A bit of a delayed write-up, but I wanted to comment on a trip to the theatre a couple of weeks back.
We went to see the new production of Macbeth that is currently on at the Gielgud Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. The production stars Patrick Stewart (Ola’s primary criteria for wanting to see it!). It was previously on at the Chichester Festival Theatre before moving to the capital.
OK, it’s Shakespeare, and it’s a pretty grim play. It may or may not be your cup of tea on those grounds alone. Personally, I like it. Macbeth was the first piece of Shakespeare I was made to read at school… at the age of 13… I remember whipping through it in an afternoon off, much to my teacher’s surprise (at this point I can sense some readers rolling their eyes and thinking “what a swot”, but that’s digital authenticity for you).
The production itself is absolutely superb; in fact, possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen on stage. Although the play remains clearly Scottish, the director has chosen to relocate it into a kind of Soviet / Stalinist reality – the costumes and set are clearly influenced by militaristic 1940s styles, the warfare modern. There are some marvellous set pieces in this production – particularly the scene where Macbeth demands answers from the witches and their spirits, and the banquet scene where the ghost of Banquo returns, brilliantly played as a cliffhanger over the interval. The programme notes that Macbeth is very much a play of our time in a “surveillance society”, and the sense of paranoia is palpable. Stewart puts in an intense performance, and the rest of the cast is superb, particularly Kate Fleetwood as a scheming and, latterly, disturbed Lady Macbeth.
If theatre is your thing, then I highly recommend this production. It runs until December 1st and should move to the US next year.