The newly launched Twezr iPhone app (free on the App Store) has an ambitious goal: To combine all of your communication with friends and close contacts, including email, Facebook and Twitter, in a single iPhone application.
But, as is usually the case when you try to juggle functionality for so many services, Twezr ends up not handling any of them particularly well.
Setting up Twezr is simple: Install the app on your iPhone or iPod Touch, then configure it with your email, Twitter and Facebook accounts. It will then take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes for the app to combine your contacts data. Once you’re past the setup process, the app presents you with a combined list of contacts across all of your services, and after a few minutes you’ll see updates from all of your connected social networks and email accounts.
Or at least, you should. After setting up the app and waiting more than 30 minutes, Twezr still failed to show any email or social network messages for me — even as I was receiving emails. I’ll chalk this error up to launch day woes. Still, Twezr should consider displaying the most recent messages users have received upon sign up, instead of forcing them to wait for new ones. This will allow users to jump right into using the app, instead of being forced to take a coffee break.
Eventually, I started to receive updates on Twezr, and the app worked as promised. I was able to see Twitter, Facebook, and email messages in a single feed, and Twezr even offers basic functionality for those services — like being able to post on a friend’s Facebook wall, or send a direct message on Twitter. It’s certainly no match for dedicated Twitter clients, or the Facebook iPhone app, but for users who don’t want to juggle multiple apps it may offer some relief.
Twezr also offers some nice features when it comes to contact management. The app combines your friends’ social network and email presence in a single contact, and it can even intelligently combine duplicate contacts from your address book. It will also recognize and prioritize the contacts you chat with the most.
There’s definitely room for improvement with Twezr, but I could see how some people who feel overloaded with multiple social networking apps may find it useful. After a few updates, Twezr has the potential to become the single place you go to deal with email and social networking.
Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Twezr has 7 employees and is self-funded.
Check out a video interview below by tech personality Robert Scoble with Twezr CEO Dilep Andra: