Twitter + Brizzly

My talented girlfriend, Sarah Lane does this fun Tech Show at Current TV, and recently recorded this great little video about using Twitter. Or, in her words, “Twitter Can Suck. Here’s How to Make it Better.” Check it out, below, and see if you can spot the screenshot of my Twitter page in there! :p

More importantly, she mentions Brizzly in her video lineup of Twitter tips, which is a web-based Twitter application that I’ve fallen in love with lately. On top of it being a cool product, Brizzly was founded by a few friends of mine who I’ve known for years (eons in internet land), and recently I started doing some fun illustration work for them!

So what is Brizzly? Well, the way I describe it is that it’s a cool way to view/interact with my Twitter community – including photos & videos inline, and a DM window that’s more like IM – but it also shows trending topics in the sidebar, which has been really interesting to see. Here’s a screenshot:

diggin' the new brizzly (private) beta!! thanks @shellen!

Turns out their cool ‘Trends and news’ feature is a big part of what Brizzly is all about, and last night they launched their newest feature, Let’s Be Trends (an API). For those of you who have no idea what an API is, no worries… the fun part for me is that it’s the first opportunity for everyone to see some of the illustration work we’ve been doing! Primarily cleaning up & cute-ifying their mascot Brizzly bear, Phineas. Here he is, introducing their newly launched API:

Brizzly Bear PhineasAlso, my new illustration was also featured in the article on them in TechCrunch yesterday, too! So fun to be a part of.

I’m excited for the rest of the site to get all the other Phineas illustration variations integrated, and see how they’re received. Brizzly is still in beta, but I have some invites, so do let me know in the comments if you need one to go check it out for yourself!

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