I currently use twhirl, because it’s the only Twitter client I’ve found for Windows so far that I can stand. It’s simple, unintrusive, single column, and just generally looks decent and works well. There are a few problems though…
1) It’s written in Adobe AIR. Task Manager reveals that twhirl is second only to Outlook in using up my precious, precious RAM.
I might overlook this if I were running it on my main PC with 4GB (the future is now!), but I run email, IRC, messaging clients, etc. on my laptop which has only 1GB.
Which reminds me of DestroyTwitter which boasts, among other things, of having “an unbelievably small footprint”. How does memory usage of as low as 25MB sound? Pretty believable, and a bit high for something that only has to display a few lines of text and some icons.
2) It’s out of date, doesn’t support the new ReTweet functionality for example, and doesn’t appear to be under active development, as Seesmic has moved on to Seesmic Desktop. Recently I’ve been discovering other bugs, that I just didn’t notice before or because the Twitter API is changing in subtle ways that twhirl isn’t liking.
3) And the final nail in the coffin, as far as I know, there are no plans to add OAuth support to twhirl. Which is going to become a problem on August 16th, when Twitter disables basic authentication and requires all clients to use OAuth.
I think it’s about time the C++ community took a hint from apps like uTorrent, and started developing lightweight native Twitter clients for Windows.