It seems sometimes that not a day goes by when we aren’t hearing about yet another client for Twitter. You almost become immune to them and note them in passing as the majority of them head to oblivion in the Twitter client graveyard. With most of the attention centering around the upcoming Seesmic Desktop, the replacement for Twhirl, and TweetDeck it is kind of hard for new clients to get traction these days. Which is too bad when it comes to a very promising Twitter client called Statuzer.
The application is developed by the folks at tEXtoo.net and while they readily admit that the client is still very much a beta this is some of the stuff currently available with Statuzer
fully customisable color scheme MP3 Playing from song.ly and tra.kz Jamendo music search (free and legal) Displays twitpic images in tweet Youtube Thumbs Twitter search moving Trends Hashtags Fast display filter contacts groups followable Twitter searches notifications URLs preview image/webcam upload image/webcam upload to twitter profile image multi-account search filters short URLs (Twitter API) encode/decode MinUrl and TinyUrl
I’ve been running it for a little while today and yes it is easy to see why it is still in beta as I don’t believe that it is ready for prime time but I do believe that it has the potential to give both the front running Twitter clients a run for the money. As you can see from the screen capture it has one of the features that serious Twitter users want – multi-column desktop display (click for full view)
It also supports multiple Twitter accounts as well as Identi.ca accounts. As well the other big thing that users want is the ability to create and add users to specific groups which Statuzer supports
One really neat feature is the ability to use your webcam to snap a shot and then post it to Twitter via TwitPic
There a couple of things that I would like to see future versions of the program deal with. The main one is the same problem that seems to plague all programs using the Adobe AIR platform and that is memory usage. At this point Statuzer is really heavy on memory use and is probably the main reason why I wouldn’t use it full time at this point. The one other thing I would like to see is that the multi-column display is resizable. At this point it expands to take up the full monitor display and any resizing hides displays rather than resizing to fit the display.
Statuzer may only be a beta release but I think this is a Twitter client that folks should keep an eye as an alternative to the main players.
[hat tip to Go2Web20]