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TweetDeck 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.