A new Twitter app for Windows users from Seesmic

In my experience, the best way of interacting with your community on Twitter is by using a third-party application rather than via Twitter’s website.

My app of choice on the desktop is TweetDeck, a product I’ve been using since it first appeared last year and which I’ve frequently written about.

I also like Seesmic, an app with many similarities to TweetDeck and which is most often compared with TweetDeck in the various app popularity polls and reviews that appear from time to time.

Both TweetDeck and Seesmic are built on the Adobe AIR developer platform, meaning the apps are multi-platform that can run on Windows, Mac and Linux computers – handy from a developer point of view in particular. Both also offer apps for the iPhone.

Now Seesmic has introduced Seesmic for Windows, an application designed to run on Windows computers, and optimized for Windows 7, says Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur.

If you’ve been using the existing Seesmic app, you’ll see from the screenshot (click for a full-size view) that the new Seesmic for Windows app is very similar from the look-and-feel point of view.

I’m trying it and like it a lot based only on usage so far today. Things I notice are how quick it is compared to the version that’s built with Adobe AIR, and the small memory footprint: 74Mb of RAM, according to Windows Vista’s Task Manager.

It’s missing quite a few things I’m used to – the right-click menu you get when you click a user’s avatar is lacking some features, for instance – but it is a preview, a beta, so expect some wonkiness in the early versions.

Great to see a development like this which reflects a clear need in the market for a Windows app as Loic says the “vast majority” of Seesmic users are on Windows.

I’ll contribute comment and opinion as I get to know Seesmic for Windows.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

  1. Guillaume

    You mention that TweetDeck and Seesmic both offer iPhone app, but when I go to the Seesmic website it is written the app will be available soon. Any answer on this one? Thanks!

  2. Lisa Olinda

    I am excited to be using the beta of the Seesmic for Windows. If you are looking to use it you will NOT find Facebook supported. Also the reply is a little glitchy when you have multiple accounts. The last glitch is that my lists do not seem to be updating. Overall I like the feel and speed of the interface. I look forward to the kinks being worked out!

  3. Keren Dagan

    Good review and thanks for linking to my blog post about Tweetdeck vs. Seesmic desktop.
    The twitter desktop is my preferred way to experience twitter too and as a Windows user I’m very happy to see this news.

    I hope to see more real-time web streamed to my desktop in the future, like blog content using real-time RSS and ATOM (using tags). Today I’m using LazyFeed web-site for that (http://www.lazyfeed.com/) but it is not the same as getting it via twitter desktop client.

    Keren

  4. Yama

    Neville, thanks for the post and appreciate the feedback. We listen to our users in our feedback forum here: http://feedback.seesmic.com/ and will definitely will do our best to improve as we continue development. We’re definitely excited by this and hopefully will be able to deliver and meet your expectations to get you to be an everyday user. Thanks!

    • neville

      That’s great, Yama, thanks. I’m not much of a one for writing stuff in forums, preferring the blog, Twitter and audio places like Audioboo and ipadio. I’ll give you feedback one way or another!

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