Mon, 16 Mar 2009 Tweetdeck review
Described variously as a waste of time or the next big thing, Twitter finally gets a client that makes it truly useful
- Manufacturer: Tweetdeck
- Pros: Cross platform, sort followers into groups, search by keyword
- Cons: Memory hog, doesn’t save settings across machines
- Price: Free
- Star rating:
We’ve said it before and will no doubt say it again; some people just don’t get Twitter (www.twitter.com). The user database is littered with the abandoned accounts of people who signed up, stared at the little box that says “What are you doing?” for a couple of minutes, then went back to Facebook.
Twitter is what you make it. A beautifully simple idea, it allows you to post 140 word status updates – called ‘tweets’ – to the web. The attraction isn’t so much in the process as the content. Some people literally post everything they’re doing – from breakfast to supper. Others are more selective, making it a great source of instant news, views, tips and ideas when you follow the right folk. The key is in finding and filtering that content.
If anything, the site itself is just too simple – which is why there are so many Twitter clients around. TweetDeck is our current favourite, an Adobe AIR powered tool that enables you to filter other user’s tweets. You can do this in two ways. “Groups” enable you to put people you follow into one or more categories. You might want to set up a group for celebrities, for example, to follow the inane banter of Jonathan Ross or Philip Schofield, or the more urbane musings of Stephen Fry, one of the most followed Tweeters on the site. Another way is to create a search category. This returns all tweets that contain your designated keywords until you close the window. Easy.