Mac360’s Twitter account is a family affair. Four of our staffers have access, monitor the Twitter stream, and tweet updates accordingly.
All of us have used a variety of Twitter apps, from the free to Twitterrific to Tweetie (our current favorite, Mac and iPhone). One of the issues I have with both is the Twitter stream. Sometimes I’d really like to edit or censor the tweets in my stream.
Now I can.
Blocking, Muting, Censoring, Oh My!
Mac users have no shortage of Twitter apps from which to choose. It’s more a matter of taste and features (and money) as to which app you choose and use. If you’re interested in a little more control, consider Hibari.
What first caught my eye about Hibari was the ability to block and mute.
Hibari blocks tweets you may not want to see based upon keywords you choose to use. This is handy for removing tweets that might spoil a TV show or movie ending.
Keyword blocks are easy to set up. Use URLs or matching keywords.
It’s also a good way to block tweet blasts promotions and they won’t show up at all (Foursquare and Gowall, I’m lookin’ at you). Retweets are mostly an annoyance and can be blocked by entered the text RT in a filter.
Unfollowing is unfriendly, and Hibari has a way around the extreme. Muting. Mute temporarily hides someone’s messages without unfollowing them. Just mute.
When a Twitter user you follow goes crazy with a weekend of tweeting diatribes, turn off the noise for awhile. The settings are easy but there’s no reminder or scheduler in Hibari to turn a muted tweeter back on.
I’m just getting into Twitter searches, but I see similarities with Google. Lot’s of crazy tweets which require plenty of sorting and sifting to find anything of value and usefulness. Hibari’s search is straightforward enough, and lets you save searches for later retrieval.
Even retweets can be removed from the search effort. One feature I like is the ability to see conversations from specific twitter users. That’s very cool.
Hibari one ups Tweetie by providing inline images from YFrog, Twitpic and other image services as thumbnails in your Twitter timeline. That saves a few clicks since you don’t have to click to visit a web site just to see an image.
Also unique to Hibari is the app developer, Viola Song in Chicago.
She’s a gal pal, a Mac user, and works as an independent software designer and developer. Viola definitely thinks different. So does Hibari.
Not all Twitter apps are free, and Hibari has a modest price tag, but does more than just give you a timeline of tweets and retweets. Keyword blocking and muting is worth the price of admission alone. Well done.