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Chirp is a fun Dashboard Widget for Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 that allows you to quickly and easily keep tabs on your microblogging, Web 2.0 life. With Chirp, you can quickly view your friends' latest updates, and post links, updates, or even send direct messages to your friends. Microblogging has been taking the world by storm - and now, Chirp brings the best of it to your Dashboard!

What's New

Version '09:

New Features:

  • Added Jaiku integration.
  • New set of six nature-themed color schemes.
  • Added Identi.ca support for private/direct messages and @ Reply marking.
  • New caching features support live timestamping and an indicator showing the last successful connection.
  • Complete re-write of the core from scratch, using many of the methods and more...


Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and a free Twitter, Jaiku, FriendFeed, or Identi.ca account.

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stugots Member IconReview+58

Three limitations make this less useful than it could be...

You've got to click a button to send your tweet. It would be more convenient if Return could send it. The widget window isn't resizable (Hmm, is this a limitation built into dashboard widgets?), so the display window that shows e.g. your friends' tweets can't grow. I wish I could, say, extend the widget's height to be the height of my display. Lastly, and maybe this is also due to the Mac dashboard, there's no system notifications (e.g. Growl). So I won't know that a friend said something interesting unless I happy to flip to my dashboard and happen to see it.

It's a nice looking widget, and I really like how you can select the service, e.g. identi.ca, instead of being hardwired to use Twitter. I'm looking for micro-blogging client for my team to use at work, and this comes close to what I want us to use.

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Version 09
AppleCrypt Mods Member IconComment+21
AppleCrypt Mods

this is a fantastic widget. I've been looking for something like this for a while and i love it! :) I have one problem though, like 'VITESSE7' says - it would be great to resize the widgets window. Otherwise, excellent - thank you :-)

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Version 5.0
Ampersand Software (Developer) Member IconDev+0
Ampersand Software (Developer)

Bug Fix: If you have download Chirp v.5 before 10:30 AM MDT on Sunday, October, 12, 2008 (meaning the first 15 downloaders), your copy has a bug that doesn't allow you to post links to Pownce. This was a last-minute bug, so we have re-packaged the download file, as opposed to releasing a new version.

If you find you can't post links to Pownce, please re-download the widget, and the problem should be fixed. Also, if you discover any other bugs in Chirp, please let us know so we can fix it ASAP! Thanks!

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Version 5.0
vitesse7 Member IconComment+0

Is there any way to resize the widget? Text gets cut off at the right-hand edge. Other than that, great widget!

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Version 2.0
Ampersand Software (Developer)

This is an odd bug that we are working on correcting. It's a problem with the way that the Twitter API returns tweets: if a tweet contains long words or URLs, the text is cut off at the edge, and the entire display becomes skewed. Hopefully, we'll be able to fix this in the next release.

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Downloads 3,269
Version Downloads 1,775
License Free
Date 25 Jan 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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