I have to say that I like Tweetdeck a lot. It’s fast, and has plenty of features for serious tweeple. Tweetdeck isn’t for everyone, so read on to see if it’s for you.
First of all, Tweetdeck is written in Adobe Air, and is available on the PC, Mac, and there’s even an iPhone version. I’m using the Mac version, and it’s pretty nice. The main window is broken into columns that let you track “All Friends” (who your’re following), “Mentions” (@replies to you) and “Direct Messages” which are the private messages that other tweeple send you.
There are also options to add more columns, for your favorites, Tweeple that TweetDeck recommends for you, and stock twits. There is also integration with 12seconds.tv and Facebook – so you can have your tweets update your Facebook status, and also tweet about your fabu 12seconds videos.
In addition, TweetDeck lets you create user groups, so you can organize who you follow much easier. It took me just a few seconds to create a group for all the internet marketers and social media gurus I follow. Trust me, being able to break down the tweeple you follow in VERY useful, especially as your follow list grows. In earlier versions of TweetDeck, you couldn’t save your groups, but you can now rest assured that you won’t have to reload your group members after you create and save your groups.
There’s also a handy single-column view. Without this, TweetDeck takes up a fair portion of your screen. IMO, next to the ability to create groups, one of the best features is the integration with TwitScoop, which lets you view trending topics in a tag cloud format. This is much nicer than twitter’s own flat list of trending topics.
In addition to the TweetDeck client, if you register with TweetDeck.com, you can synchronize your twitter experience between computers and between your desktop and handheld. This is definitely a value add, since most of us don’t want to be tied to a desk all day. One final feature worth mentioning is the ability to track multiple twitter accounts – which is perfect for us bloggers or for internet marketers that have multiple sites or offers – and we want to keep our digital personas separate.
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