The presentation is interesting and it makes you feel like to give Twheel a try.
Twheel is a new interface to manage more efficiently the tweets produced by Fluid Interaction. When you follow many accounts on Twitter you can lose some important messages: but Twheel reorganizes the tweets in a circle (which vaguely resembles the old iPod interface) that allows you to better handle the complexity of the information on the phone. Thus, you download the app and start it… at least that’s what you do if you don’t pay attention to the legal details.
To use a free app you must give some information. In this case, the app declares it all in a very transparent manner. It explains immediately that the application records the time that each user employs to read the contents of a tweet and of what is linked from that tweet. This clearly means that the data is fed into a server that observes everything that everyone does. Twheel adds that the data will be provided to customers, and of course it promises not to give away any personal data, except in cases where the law requires. The law which mainly refers Fluid is Finnish. But it would be of not little importance to know which law Fluid refers to in Iran, China, Syria, Russia, the United States, and so on.
Moreover, when asked to access your Twitter account, Twheel declares that they will use the account to even read direct messages on Twitter, and to write in the name of that account, and to add new followers. I was wonderng why they do so. And so I turn the question to those who pass by this blog:
1. Is your experience with Twheel’s interface nice?
2. What did Twheel write on your Twitter account?
3. Which new followers did it add to your account?
update: @twheelapp answered: “There’s an option in twheel that allows following and unfollowing users. But nothing happens without user interaction”