• As Brizzly Enters Its Final Hibernation, AOL Tries To Sharpen Its Social Media Claws

    As Brizzly Enters Its Final Hibernation, AOL Tries To Sharpen Its Social Media Claws

    It may have taken longer than even its own creators might have guessed, but it’s finally come to pass: Brizzly, the Twitter/Facebook client that was bought by AOL as part of Thing Labs in September 2010, is shutting up shop at the end of March, with the news announced last night on Brizzly’s blog by Grant Shellen, and co-signed by Zachary Taylor and Jason Shellen, Brizzly’s… Read More

  • Our New Parent, AOL, Confirms Our Scoop On Them Buying Thing Labs

    Well, this is kind of awkward. A couple weeks ago, we reported that AOL was in the process of acquiring of Thing Labs, makers of Brizzly. Neither AOL or Thing Labs would comment at the time, but we had multiple good sources on the deal. Fast forward to today: AOL is finally confirming the deal — right after they just acquired us. So yes, like we said, AOL is acquiring Thing Labs. Only… Read More

  • Brizzly Plays Feature Catch-Up, Adds Foursquare And "New" Retweet Support

    When I logged on to Brizzly this morning, a notification popped up announcing some brand new features for the web-based social networking client. As you can read on Brizzly maker Thing Labs‘ blog, there are also some design changes accompanying the new features. Like rival Seesmic Web has done in the past, Brizzly has now added Foursquare support to the fray, which means you can now see… Read More

  • AOL Said To Be Dialing Up Brizzly-Maker Thing Labs For An Acquisition

    AOL Said To Be Dialing Up Brizzly-Maker Thing Labs For An Acquisition

    A couple months ago, a rumor was spreading around that Thing Labs (makers of the Twitter/Facebook app Brizzly) was being acquired by Foursquare. That wasn’t true, it was simply speculation based on some tweets. Here’s another rumor for you, but one that is very likely true based on what we’re hearing from multiple sources: AOL is buying Thing Labs. While Things Labs CEO… Read More

  • Twitter Begins Testing Inline Photos And Videos On Its Website

    A new option has just appeared in Twitter’s “Settings” menu called “Twitter Media.” This appears to indicate that inline image and video sharing is making its way to shortly. The option appears on my account, but checking the box does nothing so far. [update below] If this is indeed the case, Twitter is once again emulating some of… Read More

  • Yum! Brizzly Picnics Go Live To Turn Twitter Into A Private Chatroom

    Brizzly has long been one of my favorite Twitter clients. But as Twitter itself has kept adding new features, there’s been less and less of a reason to use it. But a new feature that just rolled out may bring me back: Picnics. We’ve written a little bit about Picnics before, but it was never entirely clear just how useful it would be without using it. But after playing around with… Read More

  • Brizzly Teases Upcoming 'Picnics' Feature

    Not being a fan of memory-hogging desktop clients, I prefer to use Web apps in my browser of choice (Google Chrome) for most everything. For Twitter, I tend to use Brizzly, a product of San Francisco-based Thing Labs, which was founded by former Googlers. It’s a nice Web app, apart from its annoying general sluggishness, and new features get added consistently so it has me sticking… Read More

  • Brizzly's Been Busy — Buying Apps, Creating Guides, And Going On Picnics.

    Since it launched last July at our Realtime Stream CrunchUp, Brizzly has been one of the best web-based Twitter apps. It offers support for viewing pictures inline, shortened link expansion, multiple Twitter accounts, and even some Facebook support. But they’ve been quiet in recent months. Now we know why. The Brizzly team went into hibernation because they made a couple of acquisitions… Read More

  • Seesmic Web Perfects The Management Of Twitter Followers

    Seesmic Web Perfects The Management Of Twitter Followers

    Do you follow more than 100 people on Twitter? If so, have you ever tried to manage them on It’s awful. Really awful. They make you go through page after page of names in no real order (other than how recently you added them). If you want to remove some people you followed years ago, it’s a huge pain. Seesmic has just made a much better way. The new Seesmic Web app… Read More

  • Top Ten Digital M&A Deals For 2010

    Editor’s note: As the capital markets heat up and the economy continues to rebound, the deal flow is starting to open up again. We’ve already given you our top ten IPO candidates for 2010. In this guest post, Kelly Porter, an M&A expert at Woodside Capital Partners, proposes ten digital media deals he’d like to see. None of the companies mentioned in this editorial… Read More

  • Mozzler Comes Full Circle And Turns Its Realtime News Stream Into A Reader (Private Beta Invites)

    Realtime news stream startup Mozzler, which launched at our November Realtime CrunchUp, is bringing more of a news reader feel to its stream search. Mozzler lets you search Twitter, Facebook, and Digg for breaking news. Today it is launching a new way to consume realtime news in private beta which brings the experience back full circle to the look and feel of a typical RSS… Read More

  • Brizzly Is The Most Handsome Chrome Extension. If Only It Were A Little Faster…

    As we all know, today was Chrome Extension day. By now, you’ve likely tried out many of them and picked some that you like as well as those that you don’t. Easily one of my favorites so far is the Brizzly extension built by Thing Labs. It’s hands down the best-looking app out there right now, but it has some limitations. Brizzly is a web app that gives you access to your… Read More

  • Brizzly Opens To All. And Snatches Someone From Facebook.

    Brizzly was first unveiled in private beta at our first CrunchUp event in July, so it’s only appropriate that today, the day of our next CrunchUp, it’s being opened to the public. Now, to be clear, the product is still technically in beta, but that’s only so the team at Thing Labs can keep experimenting with new ways to make Brizzly even better. For those who have not had… Read More

  • With Brizzly In Good Health, Director Of TV's House And Others Invest In Thing Labs

    Brizzly is on a roll right now. Just yesterday, it became the first web-based Twitter client to implement Lists, and last week it rolled out Facebook support. Today brings good news for its parent company: More funding. At the end of this month, Thing Labs will close a $600,000 round which is basically an extension of its Series A from back in June of last year, co-founder Jason Shellen tells us. Read More

  • Seesmic Web One-Ups Brizzly With Lists AND Geolocation Support (Kind Of)

    Earlier this week, Seesmic rolled out support for the new Twitter Lists for its Desktop client. Today, that same functionality comes to its web-based client. And with it comes a bonus: Geolocation support. Now, to be clear, most users still won’t be able to use this geolocation support just yet, as Twitter has yet to enable it for most users. But if you do happen to have it, Seesmic… Read More

  • Brizzly Marries Groups And Twitter Lists

    When it was first unveiled at our Realtime Crunchup in July, easily one of the best features of the web-based Twitter client Brizzly was Groups. Basically, it allowed you to sort your Twitter followers into subsections, to make specific groups of users easier to follow. Of course, with Twitter’s new Lists functionality, you can basically do the same thing. So Brizzly is screwed right? Read More

  • The Realtime Agenda For The Realtime CrunchUp

    Over the past few weeks, it’s definitely been crunchtime as we’ve been putting together the panels and demos for our Realtime CrunchUp on November 20 in San Francisco. Get your tickets here. After much back and forth, and with the help of our Realtime Board, we finally have an agenda we are very excited to present (see below). Speakers will include Twitter COO Dick Costolo… Read More

  • Brizzly Gets A New Coat: Facebook

    Since its beta launch this summer, Brizzly has been hands-down one of the best ways to interact with Twitter. The web app puts a new and intuitive user interface over Twitter’s data, which allows you to do things like see pictures inline in your stream, and easily retweet anything with the click of a button. Today, Brizzly applies its magic to Facebook. The new Facebook functionality… Read More

  • Stuck In The Twitter Jam? Try This Hidden Route.

    So, I’m a late riser most days (I like to go to bed late, real late). And today when I awoke, I thought it was a Vanilla Sky dream situation — but rather than Tom Cruise being the last person on Earth, I thought I was. You see, like most mornings, the first thing I check is Twitter. The problem this morning is that the most recent tweet was from 3 hours ago. And that’s still… Read More

  • Twitter Lists Competitors Respond: We Can All Get Along

    It looked as if Twitter may have dropped a bomb on a number of Twitter-centric third-party apps yesterday by announcing its new Lists feature. It’s a feature that Twitter really should have implemented a while ago for better filtering if nothing else, but they didn’t, and that gave rise to services like TweepML and Wefollow. So are those guys now mad about Twitter’s latest move? Read More