Our modern lives have become quite dependent on social media ever since web technology has evolved to the point where such networks are possible. With social media, we can stay up to date on our friends, keep our friends updated about important events, learn about local events, get special discounts, and so much more.
We are also out and about most of the time with our busy lives, using our mobile devices as our true personal assistants. But our mobile devices only work the way we want them to if we have the right apps installed on them. One of the top app choices in managing social networks is TweetDeck.
TweetDeck is an app which originally connected to just Twitter and provided similar functionality as the official Twitter app, along with a few extras. Since then, the app has also included support for Facebook and foursquare. Approximately a year ago, TweetDeck was bought up by Twitter, where the app hasn’t received any updates since. As such, the app also still contains functionality for the now-defunct Google Buzz. However, although the app hasn’t received any updates in quite a while, it is still very functional and a popular choice for a good number of Twitter users and beyond.
When you first launch the app, you’ll be asked to sign into a social network account. If you’ve been a previous user, you can tap on the top and log in to your TweetDeck account, which contains all other accounts that you’ve logged into on other devices. If you’re a new user, you can set up this functionality later.
The organization of TweetDeck is quite simple, because it uses columns to show you different information. By default, you’ll have a main column which pulls from the main feeds of all accounts that you’re logged into. This includes the main feed of all accounts you’re following on Twitter, your news feed on Facebook, etc.
If you swipe to the left, you’ll move one column over to the left, which will most likely be a column of all your Twitter mentions. Swipe over again, and you’ll see all of your direct messages on Twitter.
Of course, you can add and remove columns as you please, by clicking on the columns button in the bottom row.
Adding new posts to your own social network accounts is very easy and pleasing to do. By tapping on the left-most button in the bottom row, you’ll be shown a nice screen in which you can type out a message, choose on which social networks it should be posted to, as well as add pictures and a location.
If you need to find a Twitter account, this can be done pretty easily. If you click on the second button in the bottom row, you’ll see a screen similar to that shown in the screenshot. Here you can fill the empty spaces for Twitter profiles which you’ll most often want to search. They just have to be accounts that you already follow. You can also search for any Twitter account in the world if you know the account’s username by entering it into the search field at the bottom. This isn’t my ideal solution to searching around Twitter (especially the lack of support for other services), but it’ll have to do because what it can do, it does well.
Installation is just a few taps away! Just search for TweetDeck in your respective app store, or click on this link for your device or this link for your iOS device. Download and installation should only take a few moments as the app is not heavy at all.
I find TweetDeck to be a very useful tool that fills its own niche nicely. I am a little sad that it hasn’t gotten any updates in quite a while, but hopefully Twitter can give it some love. In my opinion it’s a direct competitor to the native apps of each social network, as well as Seesmic. We’ll just have to see what TweetDeck’s ultimate fate will be.
What’s your favorite way to connect to social networks? Do you prefer the native apps or combined ones like this? Let us know in the comments!