TweetDeck Just Keeps Getting Better


512x512TweetDeck has released an updated version of its desktop application that includes features aimed at helping users get the information that matters most to them. The app, which helps you manage your Facebook, Twitter and MySpace (s nws) accounts by letting you organize updates from those social sites within columns, is among the most popular social media-focused apps on the web (and a favorite of ours at GigaOM).

The best tweaks were made to its notification system. Now you can not only move the black box that pops up on the top right hand-side when one of your friends posts a new update to anywhere on your screen, but you can read the full text of it in the box itself, as well as reply, retweet or send a direct message within it. You can also now choose which columns you want to see notifications from; for example, if you don’t want to be notified every time one of your MySpace friends adds new photos or updates their status, you can choose not to.

And similar to Kutano, a Twitter-focused app, TweetDeck now has a column that lists the people who have recently started following you on Twitter, within which you can opt to follow or block them. In addition, the new version lets you navigate around the app using your keyboard. For example, if you want to write a new tweet or status update, you can hit the “C” key on your keyboard to open the “compose” window within the app.


Khuram Malik

I have to say, though i’ve always liked Tweetdeck from day one, i wasnt overly impressed with the iteration cycle. They seem to be asleep for quite a while. So i dont know if its competition from Seesmic, or Tweetie thats made the take it up a gear or what, but they seem to be very much on the ball and are certainly giving the users what they want, which i always like to see.


I’m still waiting for them to add the ability to schedule tweets. As it is, I have to use a seperate program for that.


When are we going to be able to increase the font size?! That is a feature I really need!


While these improvements sound intriguing, my biggest problem with Tweetdeck is that you have to have a separate column open for regular updates, mentions, and DMs. If you only have 1 or 2 accounts, that’s not a big deal. But if you have more than that, you’re looking at more than 9 columns to shuffle through.

I still like Seesmic Desktop better. It has one column per account, in which you can switch between updates, mentions, and DMs. Much less confusing, and much easier to navigate around.

Jennifer Martinez

I’ll have to try this out. I only have one Twitter account and TweetDeck does the trick. Does anyone else have this problem and think Seesmic is better?

Greg Falken

I didn’t like the idea of AIR but I’ve had no problems with using it. If it enables useful applications, I’m not going to worry too much about it.

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