I deliberately have been trying NOT to post about Twitter stuff lately, as the blogosphere is lousy with variations and permutations on the Twitter theme. But I feel compelled to pass along this note about Tweetree.
Tweetree is a website, rather than an application, that offers a view of your Twitter stream in tree format. In other words, Tweetree will attempt to branch the stream into conversations so you can see the posts in their intended context. Tweetree also shows the information behind the links posted in their intended format – the content will show inside the tweet. Tweetree currently supports context viewing of YouTube, flickr, TwitPic, FriendFeed, Seesmic, Qik, lala, Blip.fm and xkcd.
All you need to do is go to the site, enter your id and password and the site will show you the view in Tweetree format. I believe it is built a platform called Ruby on Rails (if that means something to you). The developers, Draconis Software, are practically next door neighbors to me – they are located in Woburn, Massachusetts.
I like it a lot. I have been spending more time on FriendFeed lately because I prefer the ability to comment on each posted item in a threaded manner and to view people’s links right in the time line. Tweetree addresses both of these preferences.
The only complaints I currently have are that I haven’t yet figured out how to DM people in Tweetree and that the service is still somewhat inconsistent. Sometimes it locks up on me. But it is still a new site and I have high hopes for it.
Try it for yourself and see if you find the format easier to follow and scan than the Twitter web format and the popular Twitter apps.
I like the idea, but I don’t like the idea of giving them my username & password….that stopped me from giving it a (t)whirl…
I do agree with that, and should have included it in my list of complaints. With sites like this, I have been carefully weighing when I do or don’t feel comfortable offering that information, and take it on a case by case basis. I feel comfortable about sites like Tweetree and TwitPic based on acceptance by the social media community. I would definitely recommend you do some investigating on your own, even contact the good people at Tweetree, to air your concern and see if they can provide you with the security you understandably want. The service is nice enough to warrant a bit of digging on it.
I like the threaded comments, Martha, but Peter has a good point about the password thing. I hesitated a bit before giving it a go.
Thanks for posting this resource.