SpreadTweet Disguises Your Twitter Stream, Makes it Look Like Excel
Article by George Norman
On 16 Apr 2009
Now that the Twitter worm issue is under control you would like to get back to using the popular social networking/micro-blogging site, especially if some of your tweets got deleted in Twitter’s fight against the malware. But using Twitter at work is not something your employer would look kindly at, so you might be better off hiding your Twitter usage – something like making it look like you have an Excel document open.

That is precisely what SpreadTweet, a Twitter client built on Adobe Air, does – it disguises your Twitter stream as a Microsoft Excel workbook. Any coworkers passing by will be fooled and won’t tell the boss on you. For the deceit to work the software comes with three different skins: Office 2003, Office 2007 (for which Microsoft will release SP2 later this month – details here), and Office OSX.

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All the tweets are displayed in SpreadTweet as text – simple text, no pictures, no hyperlinks, no glitz. If you want to visit the link provided in a particular tweet, you cannot simply click it, you have to copy and paste it in your browser’s address bar. The upside is that this “no hyperlink” approach lets you easily detect retweets.

If you would like to get SpreadTweet, a download location including the three skins (Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office OS X) is available here.

In related “disguise your slacking off while at the office” news, there are additional software applications that you might like to know about: Chameleon 2 and TrayIt and Double Vision

In related Twitter news, you might want to give Birdhouse a look here. Birdhouse is an iPhone app that is meant to help you in refining your Twitter posts, not replace the current Twitter client you use on your iPhone, as some might be tempted to think.



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