I am changing the name of the program to Monal starting with this release. SworIM was just randomly chosen one afternoon when I originally wrote the program. The name comes from swor (pronounced like swore) which is the Nepalese word for voice. I think Monal keeps the same theme and is unique but should be much easier to say. SworIM is pretty much a translation of Talk (as in Google Talk) with IM tacked on the end and not very creative. It worked out well because it was unique, It also got mispronounced to sound like soar. This led to the bird icon, which amusingly as a pheasant is not an animal likely to soar any time soon. Why the bird theme? I want Monal to eventually be like these guys and these . With better general XMPP support it's not really just a google talk program anymore.
SworIM has been around for just under a year and the name will probably live on underneath in the library that it uses and in the name of this blog. I'll be gradually changing the name over everywhere. Hopefully I wont regret it when I lose some traffic as it transitions.