01 August 2008

AIR based Twitter application TweetDeck

Yes, Twitter is that boring web service that keeps asking you same question over and over again, but somehow many find it very handy. I’m no different and if you want to see my twits, you can do it here: Flanture.

There are tons of Twitter clients, good ones, but this new one is special in many ways. I’m talking about TweetDeck. It’s written in Adobe AIR, which is one of the reasons I’m writing about it. Still in deep beta, current version is v0.16.1 means that you can expect bugs and reduced functionality, but don’t let this turn you away. New updates are regular and improvements are really great. I think that it’s only a question of time when this client will become the must-have tool.

AIR based Twitter desktop cliend TweetDeck
TweetDeck introduces columns. You can have up to 10 columns opened at one time, but you can also choose more standard view with only one column. REPLIES and DIRECT are columns with familiar functions. New column is GROUP. With this column, you can group some of the followers and you can name that group appropriately eg: office, real friend, pot. buyers, clients etc. Figure it out for yourself. Another new column that appeared with last update is TWTSCOOP, which brings you something like tag cloud in blogs but including buzz terms in Twitter world.

Last one and my favorite is SEARCH column. This one allows you to filter all global (all twitts) or local (of people you follow) based on search term. Not a revolutionary concept, but extremely useful when you can have few search columns inside single application. Consequences of this are very powerful. Imagine yourself watching trends in real time! Well, now you have the tool to do just that! Just for fun you can try few searches: web2.0, help needed, new book, etc. Cool, right?

To be honest, I was little scared when I saw that monolith black full screen of TweetDeck and right that minute I wished for second monitor. However, next version will include skins and int character support. There is more to this app, but I will mention just another cool feature. TweetDeck works both online and offline. App uses database to store messages when Twitter is down (no more whale image) and updates itself when available. Oh, yeah, just one more. It uses several short URL web services: bit.ly, eweri, is.gd, lin.cr, snipurl and tinyurl for now and have TwitPic integration. I could go on with features, but it’s only v0.16.1. Great job, Iain.



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