Twalala: Getting Closer to my Perfect Twitter Client

Twalala - all growed up

In October, I wrote about Twalala, a new Twitter client. Twalala bills itself as “Twitter with a mute button”, but muting is only half of what makes Twalala a worthwhile Twitter client.

First, I have a few personal requirements in a Twitter client. I know not everybody’s requirements list is the same, but mine are important. They are:

  1. Web-based: The majority of my Twitter usage is actually done on the iPhone. But I don’t want a native iPhone app because I like to maintain the same Twitter workflow whether I’m mobile or not.
  2. Mobile: This goes along with the first, but the app needs to be usable in both desktop and mobile formats. Preferably, it would be the same interface for both.
  3. Full-featured: The mobile version of is decent, but lacks some important features (like DMs, which you need to switch to the full to access).

So, the only app that has filled these requirements is Hahlo. I love Hahlo. Like, a lot. I really have no complaints about it (recent downtime troubles aside). My newest pain point has nothing to do with Hahlo, but has everything to do with my growing Twitter network. When I’m online and working, I have no problem skimming the tweets from my entire stream, seeing what’s going on in tech and the world. But the problem is if I’ve been offline for a while and I want to catch up. I just can’t catch up on everything I’ve missed.

This is why some people use Twitter as a real-time thing and don’t worry about catching up. But I have a large number of people in my stream that I want to see EVERY tweet from. It’s not everybody, and that’s the problem. With Hahlo (and every single other web-based Twitter app), I either catch up on everyone or nobody.

I tried some hacks, such as subscribing to some people (via a FriendFeed list) in Google Reader. But that’s delayed and it mixes in what I’ve already read with what I’ve missed. It was just more trouble than it was worth. So, I turned to Twalala. And it worked.

When it was first released, I used Twalala as a bit of a novelty, muting a few phrases so I’d never see them in my Twitter stream (like those damn links). I hadn’t gone as far a muting people. That has changed.

A couple weeks ago, I opened Twalala, took a deep breath, and started muting the crap out of my follower list. Who made the cut? People I know personally and industry folks I REEEEALLY want to see everything from. I believe I muted 150 or so people. Sounds shady, right? But no. The thing is, Twalala is my “catch-up” app. I don’t use it all the time. In fact, I still might use Hahlo a bit more than Twalala.

Remember when I said that muting was only half of what makes Twalala cool? The other half is the complete opposite—white listing. If you “white list” certain terms, they will always be highlighted (in yellow) in your stream… even if you’ve muted the person that said it. This is perfect for @replies and brand monitoring.

How can Twalala become my full-time Twitter client?

I’m still using multiple clients (Twalala, Hahlo, and, but how far away is Twalala from being a one-stop solution for me? Here’s what I’d need:

That’s it! Not to much, right? :)

So, give Twalala a look. I might just be what you need to make Twitter work better for you.

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