TweetDeck is a free application for both the desktop and mobile devices including iPhone (iPod Touch) and iPad – with others soon to follow. (For more information on TweetDeck in general see the previous article on the subject.) TweetDeck for the desktop allows users to connect to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and others (I personally don’t have a MySpace account anymore; so, can’t speak on that). Being able to post to LinkedIn is the main difference between the desktop and the mobile app. for the iPhone (which only does Twitter and Facebook as of this writing).
- TweetDeck is, ultimately, a feed reader for Twitter. As such, it handles Twitter very well. A user can select users to follow. Re-Tweet, reply to, and direct message individual users, although discovering where the buttons are located is a little funky, but once found, makes sense and is a nice solution.
- The ability to post to multiple location at once including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. (They also list MySpace, FourSquare, and other applications, which have not been tested.)
- Multiple themes and ability to customize colors. (The lighter theme, however, doesn’t seem as proper on the desktop as it does on the iPhone App.)
- The columnar layout is conducive to the purpose of the app – multiple feed “windows”
- It should be noted that as of right now TweetDeck is in sub-one-point-oh beta; therefore, some (or many) of these cons will be corrected later, hopefully.
- Facebook API interaction could be stronger. The feed doesn’t seem to update as well as the Twitter feed (rather, posts directly to walls are out of order with news feed posts). Comments don’t seem to load very quickly, when they do load that is.
- Doesn’t recognize the horizontal scroll feature inherent with most Apple-based pointing devices – not surprising as this is a platform specific feature.
- Some of the interface elements seem to be applied in a collage cut-paste concept, rather than conscious choice.
- The notifier window that pops up in a corner of the screen determined by the user – which could be a pro is one is wanting to be interrupted every time someone posts to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, et. al. all the time.
If you use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. to keep in touch with clients, customers, or just friends who refuse to join your social networking app of choice, TweetDeck is definitely shaping up to assist in the endeavor.