Twitgit for Twitter

A widget for everyone’s favourite little social gem, Twitter.

Download Twitgit 0.8

Fixes and additions in Twitgit 0.8

Fixes and additions in Twitgit 0.7

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The reason for developing Twitgit is that I find Twitter’s Jabber integration too obtrusive. It’s cool, very slick and very easy to use but it distracts me far too much at work. A Dashboard widget works perfectly in the background, though, so it puts me in control. I can check Twitter at my leisure, without being disturbed by it. I also use an excellent utility for OSX called Dasher; a tool to automatically pull in Dashboard after a specified period if inactivity — like a screensaver. So for me, I’ll come back to my machine with a cup of tea and Twitgit will be sitting open and up to date. I can glance at it to read the latest twitterings, perhaps post quickly, then pop back to work with no further disturbance.

Please, make any feature requests in the comments.

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24 Responses to “Twitgit for Twitter”

  1. Comment by luxuryluke

    November 23rd, 2006 at 12:37 am

    It seems chopped off at the very bottom (the shadow). Very cool implem., though!

  2. Comment by Ben

    November 23rd, 2006 at 12:42 am

    Good catch Luke. One of the more niggley issues at the moment is that the widget has a slightly variable height (especially when the status message pops up at the top). When I get scrolling put in, I’ll be able to lock it down to a fixed height and it won’t expand and be trimmed like that.

    Actually, it would be nice to make the whole thing resizeable vertically. Once I learn how to make scrolling work I’ll see about that.

  3. Comment by Twitter: What are you doing? on The uber geeks

    November 29th, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    [...] If you are into Dashboard widgets, Twitter already has two of those! If you want a widget that just allows you to update your status Twidget by Frank Manno is for you. It definitely cuts down on distractions. If you want to update your own status and view the status of those you are following then Twitgit is the widget you want, crafted by Ben Ward. [...]

  4. Comment by David Chartier

    December 2nd, 2006 at 12:09 am

    Nice widget so far. It would be nice to have a way to collapse it though, for those times when users just want it out of the way but don’t want to shut it down. What seems to be the fairly standard method of doing this is making a region of the widget title simply clickable, which is what extends/retracts the body of the widget.

    Good work. Cheers.

  5. Comment by

    December 10th, 2006 at 2:32 am

    [...] Yo, de momento, me he instalado el widget twitgit y as puedo seguir lo que hacen mis contactos sin tener siquiera que abrir el navegador [...]

  6. Comment by chesko

    December 20th, 2006 at 10:22 pm

    [...]Me lo acabo de instalar y voy a ver como va esto[...]

  7. Comment by Folletto Malefico

    January 2nd, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I was looking for a Twitter Widget that showed also the last twittings, and I’ve found it. However… it is a little worse than the “type only” that I’m using right now:

    Check it out. Features like “last added message” and “character remaining” are really useful.

    Also, don’t change the Twitter interaction paradigm: on Twitter, you add your last twitting above and the others are below, on your widget you’re doing the reverse. Reorder it accordingly.

    Also, just a little refinement on some UI elements (the button to add, spacing, etc) and it will be perfect. :)

    I really hope to see those changes :D

  8. Comment by Jim Callender

    January 17th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    well done, nice widget.. will make twitter even more addictive now im sure!

  9. Comment by TeckniX

    April 3rd, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Nice widget indeed…
    Hope to see some more from it. Actually made me wanna learn more about widgets :P

  10. Comment by nevyn

    April 6th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    Growl support..?

  11. Comment by Andrew

    June 23rd, 2007 at 2:59 am

    Thank you! This is what i’ve been looking for since TwitterIM is never working. :-)

  12. Comment by jiswwwei

    July 12th, 2007 at 4:58 pm


  13. Comment by pianogirl95

    August 5th, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Actually, if you enter a valid username but invalid password twidget will download your twitters but (as stated) just sits there if you try to post. Very nice otherwise. I have been waiting for someone to do a great widget like this!

  14. Comment by Dave

    October 6th, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    How do I know which version of Twitgit I’m using? It doesn’t say on the ‘info’ side of the widget.

  15. Comment by Tianhong

    October 24th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    this is really a nice widgets for twitter. will the next enhancement be smaller and have features like direct msg to fren?

  16. Comment by Jeff Adams

    November 8th, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    I like this widget except one thing bothers me a bit. It is hard to scroll through the tweets list because every time there is network activity it resets the scroll back to the top of the list and I lose my place.

  17. Comment by car ins

    December 10th, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    attested delusion!alphabetical inventive raining erases?aversion actuarially

  18. Comment by Anthony Caruana

    March 28th, 2008 at 12:40 am

    Great widget. The one feature I’d really like is the ability to resize the widget so I can see more on the screen. Another nice-to-have would be the ability to change the font.

    I’ve posted on the widget at


  19. Comment by Ryan Graves

    August 19th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Solid widget, thanks for sharing Ben.

  20. Comment by directory

    January 5th, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Just wanted to say hi, thanks and bye

  21. Comment by nico

    April 2nd, 2009 at 4:32 am

    I get a // You cannot download this file message

  22. Comment by Stephanie

    April 4th, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Great job! I am really enjoying this so far.

    Some comments:
    -it would be nice to show people’s twitter usernames. Right now it just shows their full name so it’s hard to @reply quickly, I have to click on their profile to look it up.
    -I’m all for vertical resizing as you mentioned above. Some of the people I want to follow twitter constantly and the screen fills up fast.

    Thanks for this!

  23. Comment by Stephanie

    April 4th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    OR having a reply button beside each tweet that fills in the textbox with the username automatically? just an idea :)

  24. Comment by Doug

    April 5th, 2009 at 2:55 am

    For the benefit of others too thick to live, I’ll just mention that Twitgit stopped working for me when I changed my password to include an illegal character (@) and started working for me again once I got rid of it.


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