Looking at TweetDeck anew

One of the software programs that really kick-started wide use of Twitter in its early days was TweetDeck, first released in 2008. Acclaimed in particular by early adopters, TweetDeck quickly became the third-party app of choice for power users of Twitter because of its ability to let you do far more with Twitter than you could on the website. Developed to work on Adobe AIR, it ran on different platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, it just worked. There was a version for mobile devices and one for iPads. Broadly, TweetDeck in its various guises was regarded as superior to other third-party Twitter apps. It enabled you to manage your status updates to Facebook as well. In short, if you were a […]

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TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop: a tough choice

Ever since TweetDeck appeared on the Twitter scene in 2008, I’ve been a user and a big fan. Since then, it’s been the primary way I interact with Twitter on my computer desktop. Even though I don’t use many of TweetDeck’s bells and whistles beyond its core purpose – sending and receiving messages via Twitter – it remains my third-party Twitter app of choice on the desktop. I could almost say the same about Seesmic Desktop, a competing app for interacting with Twitter (and, like TweetDeck, much more). I tried Seesmic Desktop when it first appeared last year. I liked it although as an early beta, it couldn’t really hold a candle to TweetDeck at the time. Things have moved […]

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The market opportunity for Twitter apps

For day-to-day interacting with Twitter, you can’t beat a good third-party app in my experience. As to which is the best one, that’s largely a matter of subjective opinion although some popularity measurement is good, too. My favourite? TweetDeck followed closely by Seesmic Desktop which I’m trying out. Those are what I use on the desktop and the laptop. I have other favourites for mobile devices. But if you look around, you’ll see that there are literally hundreds of applications you can use to interact with Twitter, nearly all for free. Here’s as good a popularity measure as any – the top 20 Twitter clients (third-party apps) as measured by numbers of users by Twitstat. The numbers update daily. I’ve […]

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The utility of TweetDeck

One word that’s getting mentioned a lot by many Twitter users these days is TweetDeck, the desktop application for interacting with your Twitter community that’s the preferred app by increasing numbers of people including me. And one individual who’s getting a lot of attention at the moment is Iain Dodsworth, the London-based developer of TweetDeck, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Social Media Cafe / Tuttle Club get-together in London on Friday morning. It’s not often I get the opportunity for a casual face-to-face chat with the developer of a computer program that I use and find very useful, so it was a pleasure for me to have that opportunity. We had a most interesting conversation that […]

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