If you follow MUO closely, you’ll know that we’ve covered Twitter clients in the past. In fact, we’ve examined Seesmic Desktop, its alternatives (including Seesmic Look), and whether web apps or desktop apps are better to use.
Seesmic Desktop 2, however, appears to be the first next-generation Twitter client, with support for multiple services. In this article, I am going to show you what’s new in Seesmic 2 and how you can benefit from using it.
1. No Limits For Accounts
In this release, there is no limit to the number or type of accounts you can manage in Seesmic. Just select the services you would like to add from the list, authenticate them and you’re good to go. Accounts you can add include Facebook, Foursquare, Google Buzz, LinkedIn, Ping.fm, and of course, Twitter.
This is especially useful if you have multiple Twitter accounts, say one for personal use and one for business. It’s not uncommon, so now there is no need to continually log in or out of separate accounts.
2. Additional Plugins
If you can’t find your favorite service within the client itself, there are dozens of plugins you can install from the marketplace to increase functionality. This adds a lot more value to the client and removes any limitations you might find with the basic services that come pre-installed.
There are plugins for social networks like Ning and Socialcast, entertainment venues such as YouTube and Last.fm, URL shorteners, support for pictures/videos, news, and shopping services.
Some plugins are integrated into Seesmic by default, but the majority of them can be found in the online marketplace.
3. Control The Message Composer
One feature that some of the top Twitter clients have is the ability to send a message over multiple networks at the same time. With Ping.fm integration, Seesmic has the ability to send your message to more services at one time than any other client out there.
You can pick which networks your message will go out to, enabling/disabling them one by one with a single click. Link and picture integration is also available, as well as URL shortening and things of that nature.
4. Stock Lists & Channels
One great thing about Seesmic Desktop 2 is the integration with stock lists and channels.
For instance, the Seesmic Directory is what I really liked about Seesmic Look. It’s essentially a stock list of high-profile Twitter accounts to follow, and includes everything from news authorities like CNN to sports stars like Shaq.
Channels feature Twitter profiles like The Huffington Post and TIME, who might have multiple topics or areas of interest for you to follow.
5. Customizable Background
By default Seesmic comes with their custom dark gray interface, but in the new release you can customize the colors and background of the desktop client. You can make the background any color you like, as well as pick from a few basic background images. It’s not much, but it’s a nice feature if you aren’t keen on having a dark background.
If you missed the link above, you can download Seesmic Desktop 2 here.
I currently use Seesmic’s web-based client for the majority of my Twitter use, but with this new release I’ll definitely be giving Seesmic Desktop 2 a chance. I’ve been really impressed with it so far.
The biggest thing that stands out to me with this Twitter client is the plugin marketplace. From a business standpoint, Seesmic has really taken the next step forward by integrating plugins into the interface and allowing developers to create their own. They are also offering service to those who don’t have the resources to develop a plugin on their own.
Will you be giving Seesmic a try? If not, what is your preferred Twitter client?
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