Review: Twitter Platforms – TweetDeck

23 02 2010

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When I first joined twitter, I was happy with just the web version. I mean, it’s easy to use, simple, and you can customize it. What more could you want? Clearly, a lot more. As time went on I got more curious about the line below each post claiming where the tweet came from. Whether it was TweetDeck, Seesmic, Co Tweet or one of the many others, these Twitter platforms seemed just as popular as the Web version. Out of the few PR pros that I’m following at the moment, TweetDeck is a clear favorite. I had to investigate.

In the next couple of weeks I am going to do a test of some of the most popular Twitter platforms and see how well they work, how easy they are to use and which I like best.

A few weeks ago I downloaded TweetDeck and have been testing it out. With famous people like Ashton Kutcher and Mark Zuckerberg praising it, this couldn’t be too bad. Their blog is quite entertaining and helpful, I recommend checking it out.

TweetDeck is a program that organizes your Twitter account (or accounts, if you want) into columns allowing you to follow multiple things at the same time and cross promote.

What I love:

    Interface. The platform fills your whole screen with all the information your heart desires.

    Small Icons. While there seem to many smaller icons, this is where the power is. From RT to automatically shortening URLS in your tweets, these icons are far from small.

    Mentions Tab. LOVE this, otherwise, it’s easy to forget to check who is talking to you.

    Customization. Move columns where you want, make new columns and make things easier to read and keep what is important to you on top. you can even have the platform show in a single-column view, making it look like the old AIM buddy-lists we used to keep docked on our screens. Remember those days?

    Pop-up Notifications. This way I don’t have to constantly check the program itself. If I see something interesting pop-up in the corner of my screen, then I can choose to interact.

What I don’t love:

    Interface. The platform takes up my whole screen! It’s one more program to have open on my desk top. Once I close it, the whole program closes and while I then gain space on my screen, I lose my Twitter options– although, this can be changed. I just don’t like that it’s automatic.
As you can see, there isn’t much I don’t love about TweetDeck. It will be hard to part ways and try a new platform next week.

What I’m unsure about:

    TweetDeck iPhone App. Have you tried it? I’m wary of it being too crowded.
What Twitter platform do you use? Why?
Do you like TweetDeck? What makes it the best?
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