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brizzlyThing Labs, a San Francisco start-up made up of several former members of the Google Reader team, released a video preview of its upcoming Twitter application, Brizzly.

About 80 percent of Twitter’s users don’t access the service through the main site. Instead, they go through third-party applications or clients like TweetDeck, Tweetie and now, Brizzly.

Brizzly expands shared photos and videos from Twitter so you don’t have to leave the application for a separate Web page. It also displays direct messages in an IM-like or more conversational way. The application is in beta testing at the moment.

It also has a feature called “mute,” in case you want to continue following a person but don’t want to see their tweets for awhile. It also creates groups of people like other Twitter clients, so you can follow several people with a common interest like your family or people who are really into wine, for example.

Thing Labs CEO Jason Shellen, who was in new business development for Google, recently hired Google Reader co-founder Chris Wetherell and engineer Dolapo Falola, who also worked on Reader.


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