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TweetDeck (Verdict: I like)

I’ve been on Twitter for more than a year now. I am following more and more people as days go by, and it gets more difficult to look through all tweets. I started wanting to have something that can divide all the people I am following into tiers, so I can just look at the top tier to see updates from people I care more about and let the rest drown out in noise if I don’t have that much time. So I tweeted @Sarahjbray to recommend something, and she said TweetDeck.

I downloaded and installed TweetDeck. I think having different columns is quite handy. When it was first installed, by default I get three columns: all tweets, direct messages and @replies. I got rid of the direct messages column because I receive those in my email anyway, and I replaced that new column with a new group that I created. In that group, I have people I know in real life, people I interact with more often, (people I have a crush on?), and people I simply care about more because they have interesting updates. So now I don’t have to look at a sea of tweets and try to fish those out. They are nicely grouped together. I still look at the rest of the tweets not in this group, but I’m certainly scanning them faster. I think it works pretty well.

I did run into a little bit of problems, but I think Twitter itself, rather than TweetDeck was to blame. I was trying to add people to groups, but then I realized I couldn’t find some of them. This happened during the hours when Twitter was showing “over capacity” so I guess the API wasn’t returning everything correctly. These people all showed up later in a few hours though.

Also, since I regularly use two different computers, I would like to be able to synchronize what’s read and what’s not read across the computers. TweetDeck cannot do that but that’s no deal breaker. I’ve actually been using just the web because I knew I would have this issue, but then with the new Twitter interface, it keeps loading and growing the page when you click on “next”, and eventually the web browser runs out of memory. Not sure if Twitter, the Java class (or whatever script they are using), or IE7 is to blame, but that problem is there.

So after one day, I am satisfied with TweetDeck. Hopefully I’ll continue to like it. And if you want to follow me, I’m @kelvinkao on Twitter. :-)


  1. April 7th, 2009 | 9:45 am

    TweetDeck rocks. My life would not be complete without it. (That actually sounds kind of sad, doesn’t it?)

    Sarah Bray’s last blog post..SEO myths de-bunked: Myth #4 – Keyword Equality

  2. RubiaLala
    April 7th, 2009 | 11:18 am

    Good review, I’m going to check it out right now.

  3. April 7th, 2009 | 2:10 pm

    @Sarah: I was expecting you to say that about your husband, your kids, or God. Oh well, we can all use a little exaggerations in our speech. :-)

    @Rubialala: Of course, when you have that open, it’s pretty obvious that you are not doing work, haha.

  4. April 10th, 2009 | 7:23 am

    I haven’t been on Twitter in forever. And I stay in the background on Facebook, which seems like a less efficient version of Twitter. I haven’t felt like I have anything interesting to say…

  5. April 10th, 2009 | 7:00 pm

    You never know. What’s mundane to you just might be fascinating to other people! (And you are FAR from being the most boring person in the world.)

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