Over the weekend I’ve installed the new beta of Twhirl and am happy to report that I really like the new features. I haven’t got round to testing them all, but the one I *have* tested and love is that ability to specify search criteria which gets merged into your main feed. It’s pretty easy to use, all you need to do is specify your search criteria, say for example “PS3” because you’re interested in when anyone tweets about the subject. Twhirl will show the results of your search, but you can also “Activate” it with the option of being notified when a relevant result comes up and also add it to your Home stream. Now, when anyone tweets anything with the word PS3 in it, you’ll know about it straight away.
There are other enhancements that have made it into this version:
Ping.fm integration so your status updates can make to all you social networks
Your “replies” tab now include any mention of your username. (I love this)