Twitter Web Interface on Your Windows / Linux / Mac Desktop with Mozilla Prism

Prism

It seems that after our article on how to setup Twitter’s web interface on one’s Mac desktop a lot of Windows and Linux faithful got up in arms. Well, my friends, don’t worry. If you prefer Twitter’s web interface to that of Twhirl or Tweetdeck, Mozilla has your back. As a part of Mozilla Labs, Prism is an application that lets you get your favourite web application out of the browser and onto your desktop. Unlike Fluid, it’s available for not only Mac, but Windows and Linux as well.

Firefox for the Win

Built on the base of everyone’s favourite browser, Prism supports HTML, Javascript, CSS and everything else just like Firefox. Since web developers test their projects with the Firefox Gecko rendering engine more than Apple’s WebKit (which Fluid runs on), even more web applications work as they are intended to.

Setting up Twitter with Prism
Setting up Twitter with Prism

Prism lacks some of the features of Fluid but makes it up in its ease of setup and use. Specify the URL and name of the application. Enable any of the added features you want and choose where you want the shortcut to appear. After that, either use the favicon as the icon or specify your own. You can grab one of the icons in the Fluid icon Flickr group or Chris Ivarson’s awesome icon repository. There you’ll find not only Twitter icons, but also ones for Google Reader, Facebook, Basecamp, etc.

The Web on Your Desktop
The Web on Your Desktop

We’ve also prepared a Shout’Em PNG icon if you want to use Prism to make your very own desktop Shout’Em application. You can download Prism for free… With Prism you can make your web experience – a desktop one.

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Ivan Brezak Brkan