TweetDeck: My new favorite Twitter app

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@ruralocity) know how much I’ve been digging TweetDeck the last few days. It’s got some compelling features that make Twitter even more useful, especially as the number of Twitterers you follow grows.

I was going to do a little screencast about TweetDeck, but thanks to the wonders of social media and YouTube, I don’t have to. Here’s a nice clip that should give you an idea of just how handy TweeetDeck is.

In this clip, Rich Brooks shares how to use TweetDeck to create groups of Twitterers. That way, you can filter out people you don’t want to miss from everybody else. I have a group called “real people” who are just folks I know in some capacity elsewhere. Rich also shows how TweetDeck’s search function works–I think this has changed somewhat in more recent versions, but it’s still a very handy function. I have a column set to show me all tweets with the word “stratepedia” in them. (Many people were using Twitter’s keyword search capability to keep up on the attacks in India, just to show you how potentially powerful this feature can be.)

Although the above screencast (like most others you’ll find about TweetDeck on YouTube) was done on a Mac, TweetDeck will also run on Windows XP or Vista. You’ll need to install Adobe AIR first, then TweetDeck. TweetDeck is free, but “donationware”–if you like it and use it, consider giving the developer a few bucks, like I plan to do this evening.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.
  • Linda Saletto

    Hi Aaron,
    Installed TweetDeck and tried to set up username and password and login. The response was that something wasn’t write in my username and password, but it didn’t tell me what was wrong.

  • Linda Saletto

    Hi Aaron,
    Installed TweetDeck and tried to set up username and password and login. The response was that something wasn’t write in my username and password, but it didn’t tell me what was wrong.

  • http://stratepedia.org/ Aaron

    Linda, I have a dumb question–do you already have a Twitter account? You’ll need to do that first at http://twitter.com/ . You can also reset your password from there if needed.

  • http://stratepedia.org/ Aaron

    Linda, I have a dumb question–do you already have a Twitter account? You’ll need to do that first at http://twitter.com/ . You can also reset your password from there if needed.