In a recent overview I wrote about the Flickr uploader for Linux named Orifli, I mentioned that the company behind the project (Original Coding), was also responsible for a Twitter account manager called Histwi. I ran across Histwi a few weeks ago during the build-up to LeBron James announcing he would play for Miami. Every day there were dozens of Tweets from NBA insiders, and I wanted to have an open client on the desktop, instead of keeping the Twitter home page open all the time.
Well, Histwi wasn’t quite what I expected, so I didn’t get around to looking at it until today.
Why wasn’t Histwi what I had in mind? Because it’s not a Twitter “client” in even the most general of terms. You can’t post new updates. You can’t read updates. You can’t… well, you can’t do most things you associated with Twitter.
What does Histwi do, then?
As the blurb goes, Histwi is a program (for Linux, I should mention before we go into any more detail), for managing your Twitter account, or accounts. It allows you to synchronize all your past Tweets to your hard drive, as well as save them to HTML or Text.
You can also manage your friends, both those you are following and those who are following you. If a friend is following you but you haven’t returned the favor, you can do so right from within the Histwi interface. As well, if you decide it’s time to stop following someone, you can do that as well.
You can also search right from the desktop, and interestingly, you are searching not only your friends, but the entire Twitter stream. But again, it isn’t as if you set up a stream to watch and Histwi follows it for you. This is simply a way to get a snapshot view of whatever you’re searching for.
As I said, when I first heard about Histwi, I was in the midst of looking for a good Twitter client, so I could follow other people, and occasionally post. And for that, Histwi is no good (and that’s the idea). But if you ever want to save an old Tweet, or easily manage who you follow, Histwi has the right idea. The interface is basic, yet efficient. There are a row of buttons for tasks you can perform (Add User, Delete User, Sync User, View Tweets, View/Manage Friends, and Search Twitter), and nothing else. It’s pretty sleek and seems to do the job well.
So Histwi isn’t what you generally think of when looking for a Twitter client, but I’d recommend giving it a try; there’s nothing else like it that I know of for Linux, and beyond that, it seems to do what it says.