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Mac App Idea: Finder Bar Twitter

Here’s my idea for a little OS X application, Twitter in the Finder Bar (of course, I would call it something better than that :P). As I’ve illustrated in the following image, this application would display the most recent Twitter post from your friends (vertically scrolling when a new one comes in) in the OS X Finder Bar.

Finder Bar Twitter

Twitter is a service that is a perfect candidate to be condensed down into the Finder Bar’s small horizontal UI area. It’s out of the way enough to not add to clutter, but sitting right there for when you need it. Since Twitter’s content is made up of text no more than 140 characters in length, there’s really no need for an expansive UI.

To provide some interactivity, if the user clicks in the text area it turns into an input box, that is used to write a new Twitter update. For example, in this case I might click it and write a response to Todd: “@Todd Iron Man is great. Have fun!” hitting enter to post.

I came about this little idea since I really have no need for the relatively bulky Twitter GUIs that exist today. My Twitter needs are limited to seeing the latest update and being able to reply or add my own in a snap. The current available solutions have user interfaces that are far too involved for these simple operations, and take up too much screen real estate.

If anyone is, or knows anyone with the knowledge to bring this to life, and is interested in developing this small freeware app. Let me know.

7 Responses to “Mac App Idea: Finder Bar Twitter”

  1. Sandy Rowley says:

    I am always open to new social networking business developments.
    😉
    sandy

  2. Allan Cole says:

    You are so right about this. I am new to twitter and finding it really tedious to go all the way to the twitter website or to some random GUI just to post a few lines of text. Hopefully somebody can realize this idea. It would also be nice to have some type of syncing between status updates (Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc.). This is the closest i’ve sen so far but it only syncs Twitter to GChat.

  3. Becca says:

    That sounds like a really good idea- I don’t use Twitter, but if I did, I would totally want it.

  4. Octave says:

    Looks nice! But I think it doesn’t scale with 160 characters on 13″ or 15″ screen :/

  5. I don’t have any space left in my finder bar. And I don’t like twitter. It the procrastinators nightmare. I’ve seen a lot of people wasting (valuable) work time on twitter. Besides that: good idea! 😉

  6. Matthew Hall says:

    Wow thats a really good idea. I’m going to try to find someone to work on this, i think… Would also work well on the Windows taskbar.

  7. Dan Root says:

    This is a great idea. Very very interesting that you decided to post it for all to see. I hope I see it executed someday, I will forever think of this post. 😀

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