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seesmic twitterI’m a big fan of Seesmic’s latest release to their desktop client. I started paying attention to them a while back, and I knew they were in for some big things when they acquired Ping.fm, but they still managed to surpass my expectations.

If you follow MUO closely, you’ll know that we’ve covered Twitter clients in the past. In fact, we’ve examined Seesmic Desktop How to Use Twitter with Multiple Accounts with Seesmic Desktop How to Use Twitter with Multiple Accounts with Seesmic Desktop Read More , its alternatives 4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients) 4 Good Alternatives to TweetDeck & Seesmic Desktop (Twitter Desktop Clients) Read More (including Seesmic Look Seesmic Look: A New Free Twitter Client For The Non-Geek [Windows] Seesmic Look: A New Free Twitter Client For The Non-Geek [Windows] Read More ), and whether web apps or desktop apps Twitter Clients - Web Apps or Desktops Apps? Which is Better? Twitter Clients - Web Apps or Desktops Apps? Which is Better? Read More 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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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?

  1. Gouthaman Karunakaran
    September 23, 2010 at 8:12 am

    My fave is TweetDeck, though I use Twitter Web most of the time.

  2. Steven Banks
    September 22, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Ther are so many new apps out there.

    1. I'm a fan of HootSuite for multi-client reads and posts, it's not playing well with IE9 (beta)
    2. Love the clean look of Tweetdeck, but no mouse wheel support due to AdobeAIR
    3. Seesmic Desktop 2 solves a lot of these issues and so far plays nicely with everything. The only minor bug is LinkedIn refresh doesn't always work, kind of hit and miss right now.
    4. Still waiting for the New Twitter interface.

    Fun times though, stuff changes weekly! The bleeding edge of technology... I love it!

  3. Steven Banks
    September 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Ther are so many new apps out there.

    1. I'm a fan of HootSuite for multi-client reads and posts, it's not playing well with IE9 (beta)
    2. Love the clean look of Tweetdeck, but no mouse wheel support due to AdobeAIR
    3. Seesmic Desktop 2 solves a lot of these issues and so far plays nicely with everything. The only minor bug is LinkedIn refresh doesn't always work, kind of hit and miss right now.
    4. Still waiting for the New Twitter interface.

    Fun times though, stuff changes weekly! The bleeding edge of technology... I love it!

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

      I agree with everything you said Steven. I too love the constant innovation in this space!

  4. Bruno Casarini Grillo
    September 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I would try Seesmic only if they released an offline/standalone installer! I hate web installers with all my guts.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Well that's too bad because I have a feeling that web installers are going to be everywhere very soon.

  5. David Levine
    September 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I tried it on my Mac and it's okay. Like Mike said, I'm not sure what the great excitement is about. The one thing I don't like about programs that are cross platform via Adobe Air or Microsoft Silverlight is that they're the same across all operating systems and they really shouldn't be. While I think it's great you can make an app that is exactly the same across all operating systems, each OS is unique and the program should be make to take advantage of that OS's strengths and blend in.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      Makes sense, Dave, but think of it from a business point of view. If you can focus on one product and put all your energy/resources into it and still have it work across OSs it's probably a smart move.

  6. Mike
    September 22, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I'm not getting what's so special about this either. Scrolling is slow, there's no mouse wheel support, font adjustments, lack of search, etc. Don't get me wrong, it works and all, but I'm not seeing what the excitement is about.

    • Dwayne Brown ?
      September 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      For real, i second what Mike says... I really hate how it scrolls!! Tried TweetDeck but hate that i can't change the notification sound, i rather use Destroy Twitter although its dedicated to Twitter only lol

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      lol it just came out. The excitement is more around the evolution of these Twitter clients and how they are trying to be innovative while Twitter is going through major changes.

    • Vanessa
      September 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      Likewise. I'm set on TweetDeck, and it'll take something spectacular to make me switch from features and layouts I'm used to to something new entirely.

  7. Aibek
    September 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Hi Loic,

    Thanks for dropping by! It is a clear indication of the kind of customer
    support you guys have. :-)

    Aibek

  8. Huseyin Kaya
    September 22, 2010 at 8:10 am

    A Linux version would be nice too. people always forget linux users. i want to try the desktop version but can't because I don't own a mac and don't have windows :(

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

      Linux doesn't get much love. Perhaps someone could code one up :)

  9. Oli
    September 22, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I use SD2 and I'm very pleased with it. The one thing that bothers me is the lack of people search. Quite often I see something on TV/whatever and want to follow them, which I have to do via twitter.com. Not the end of the world, but I would prefer to do it through my client.

  10. Oli
    September 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    I use SD2 and I'm very pleased with it. The one thing that bothers me is the lack of people search. Quite often I see something on TV/whatever and want to follow them, which I have to do via twitter.com. Not the end of the world, but I would prefer to do it through my client.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      It's true, I do all of my following from Twitter itself. I'm used to it though, and I wouldn't want to further stress the API limit.

  11. bxm
    September 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

    TweetDeck Desktop FTW
    http://www.tweetdeck.com/deskt...

  12. bxm
    September 22, 2010 at 5:55 am

    TweetDeck Desktop FTW
    http://www.tweetdeck.com/desktop

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      I think it's great that these two are such fierce competitors. In the end, we all win.

  13. Loic Le Meur
    September 22, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Hello, if you aren't a troll given that you're kinda anonymous then my apologies as CEO of Seesmic, we're getting hundreds of questions every day and the team is doing its best to answer even though it's a free product. Please try again @askseesmic or community at seesmic dot com

    if you are talking about the last.fm plugin you need a paid $3 last.fm account to use it, nothing we can do about.

    what other "customer" issues do you have? Feel free to also give us feedback at http://feedback.seesmic.com

  14. André Boily
    September 22, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Seesmic Desktop 2 à une présentation qui est intéressante, mais pour ma part, ce produit n'est pas vraiment utilisable pour moi pour 2 raisons.

    1 - J'utilise beaucoup l'option Favorie pour les Twitts, mais Seesmic Desktop 2 n'affiche plus l'étoile en or quand un Twitt fait partie de mes favoris. Donc les favoris sont mal implémentés.

    2 - Dans Twitter, j'ai plusieurs listes et plusieurs recherches que je ne lis pas nécessairement la même journée. Quand je retourne dans mes listes ou mes recherches, je ne me souviens plus où je suis rendu à lire. Seesmic Desktop 2 devrait ajouter un bouton radio au bout de chacun Twitts que nous pouvons cliquer pour nous aider à nous mémérer le dernier Twitt qui a été lu. (Pas de sélection multiple, mais une seule sélection par groupe de Twitt) L'action de presser sur le bouton radio déclenche un événement pour enregistrer un "Time Stamp" de la date d'envoi du Twitt. Si plus tard le Twitt est effacé, Seesmic Destop 2 déplace la sélection du bouton radio au Twitt suivant de la "Time Stamp"

    En conclusion, Seesmic Desktop 2.0 ne sera pas utilisable tant que le point 2 ne sera pas implémenté. En attendant, j'utilise Seesmic WEB qui n'est pas parfait, mais il est mieux en mode d'affichage en une colonne. Si me ne ferme pas mon Google Chrome, je suis capable de retrouver où je suis rendu à lire dans mes Twitts!

  15. André Boily
    September 22, 2010 at 4:48 am

    Seesmic Desktop 2 à une présentation qui est intéressante, mais pour ma part, ce produit n'est pas vraiment utilisable pour moi pour 2 raisons.

    1 - J'utilise beaucoup l'option Favorie pour les Twitts, mais Seesmic Desktop 2 n'affiche plus l'étoile en or quand un Twitt fait partie de mes favoris. Donc les favoris sont mal implémentés.

    2 - Dans Twitter, j'ai plusieurs listes et plusieurs recherches que je ne lis pas nécessairement la même journée. Quand je retourne dans mes listes ou mes recherches, je ne me souviens plus où je suis rendu à lire. Seesmic Desktop 2 devrait ajouter un bouton radio au bout de chacun Twitts que nous pouvons cliquer pour nous aider à nous mémérer le dernier Twitt qui a été lu. (Pas de sélection multiple, mais une seule sélection par groupe de Twitt) L'action de presser sur le bouton radio déclenche un événement pour enregistrer un "Time Stamp" de la date d'envoi du Twitt. Si plus tard le Twitt est effacé, Seesmic Destop 2 déplace la sélection du bouton radio au Twitt suivant de la "Time Stamp"

    En conclusion, Seesmic Desktop 2.0 ne sera pas utilisable tant que le point 2 ne sera pas implémenté. En attendant, j'utilise Seesmic WEB qui n'est pas parfait, mais il est mieux en mode d'affichage en une colonne. Si me ne ferme pas mon Google Chrome, je suis capable de retrouver où je suis rendu à lire dans mes Twitts!

  16. Philsawa
    September 22, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Think I'll try... to give it a try! thanks! I usually use youversion mobile with twitter linked to buzz and their native facebook sharing. Once I'm on the laptop I'll give it a shot.

    • Steve Campbell
      September 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

      Let us know what you think!

  17. Microtaha
    September 22, 2010 at 5:35 am

    But does not support writing in Arabic from right to left RTL
    This is a problem for the Arab user
    The following images show the
    http://img202.imageshack.us/im...

  18. Microtaha
    September 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

    But does not support writing in Arabic from right to left RTL
    This is a problem for the Arab user
    The following images show the
    http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/6018/arabic.jpg

  19. newkid
    September 22, 2010 at 5:32 am

    But crappy customer support, I've tweeted support three times on how to hide read tweets and have been ignored all three times. The fm plug in didn't work properly and that email/via web page report was not given a response.

    It's an interesting client, I'd like to support it by 100% move over from my other clients but they MUST address customer issues either by direct response or via general "yeah we got it, working on it."

  20. newkid
    September 22, 2010 at 3:32 am

    But crappy customer support, I've tweeted support three times on how to hide read tweets and have been ignored all three times. The fm plug in didn't work properly and that email/via web page report was not given a response.

    It's an interesting client, I'd like to support it by 100% move over from my other clients but they MUST address customer issues either by direct response or via general "yeah we got it, working on it."

    • Loic Le Meur
      September 22, 2010 at 3:51 am

      Hello, if you aren't a troll given that you're kinda anonymous then my apologies as CEO of Seesmic, we're getting hundreds of questions every day and the team is doing its best to answer even though it's a free product. Please try again @askseesmic or community at seesmic dot com

      if you are talking about the last.fm plugin you need a paid $3 last.fm account to use it, nothing we can do about.

      what other "customer" issues do you have? Feel free to also give us feedback at http://feedback.seesmic.com

      • Aibek
        September 22, 2010 at 9:58 am

        Hi Loic,

        Thanks for dropping by! It is a clear indication of the kind of customer
        support you guys have. :-)

        Aibek

      • Steve Campbell
        September 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

        Now THAT's customer service. Thanks!

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