This is a guest post written by Lissa Duty
Post Seven in the Twitter Desktop Apps and Tools Series
Why Do I Love Tweetdeck?
Let’s count the ways I love thee, or shall I say the whys:
I started using Tweetdeck as a Twitter desktop app and Twitter program in April of 2009 and have loyally stuck with it every since. I have used some other tools and have found I just always go right back to Tweetdeck. Call me a creature of habit, I say “I am a loyalist.”. Here are some of the reasons I like it:
- Updates Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (it also updates, Google Buzz, Four Square & MySpace – but I have never used it for those accounts)
- Allows you to schedule updates in the future
- Manage multiple Twitter accounts and Facebook Pages
- Unlimited number of columns that can be searches, lists, etc.
With Tweetdeck, you can view multiple Twitter accounts, the Friends Column, Direct Messages, Mentions and new Followers. You can actually vet your followers from the Tweetdeck. You don’t have to go into the web browser to do this, which is a great plus.
If you are a heavy Twitter list user, you can create them from Tweetdeck, you can also display lists as columns to follow them more closely.
You can add multiple Facebook columns to your Tweetdeck and categorize your friends into groups. I like that you can see the Status Updates of your friends in Tweetdeck, Comment and “Like” their updates. You can even post on their wall or send them a private message, if you would like all from Tweetdeck.
You can also add your LinkedIn updates to your Tweetdeck and select what options you want to view in your Tweetdeck. You can comment on other’s posts and send them a LinkedIn message.
I have shared with you why I love Tweetdeck, now I am going to share with you a few settings you need to modify after you install yours so it is optimized for you:
- Go to Tweetdeck.com to download and install.
- Add your Twitter id you wish to manage from this account. (You can add the other accounts later.)
- Register your account.
- Click on the Wrench Symbol on the upper right hand side and click Notifications. On the left side you will see Notification Windows – click both windows so the words changed from Detail On to Detail Off. (Trust me, if you are following lots of people, this alert that populates on the right hand side of your screen every time someone sends a Tweet is probably already driving you crazy.)
- In this same area, Notification Sound, slide the scroll to the left so it says 0%. (This setting turns off the chirping noise you get every time someone you follow sends a Tweet.)
- Click “Save Settings”
- Click on the Wrench Symbol again and click Accounts. Click “Add New Account”. (Here you can add additional Twitter accounts, your Facebook Account, Pages and LinkedIn).
These are a few settings to optimize using your Tweetdeck account. I actually teach Twitter training and these are a few of the settings I go through with my clients during the training. Tweetdeck is my preferred tool for ease of use in teaching others.
If you use Tweetdeck what features do you enjoy most? Let me know in the comments below.
Lissa Duty is a Social Media Marketing Strategist who specializes in assisting small businesses with leveraging social networking sites and teaching them how to grow their brand awareness and business. She does this either by performing social media maintenance on their behalf or teaching them via hands-on training. If you would like to learn more or to connect with Lissa, you can view her website, Connect with her on Facebook, on her Fan Page or follow her on Twitter.