I like to refer to TweetDeck as a “Tailgate Party” for twitter addicts. A social gathering held in a media hub before, during and after your favorite twittering experience. Like a tailgate party, TweetDeck allows people with similar interests to tweet and socialize in numerous chat discussions and spontaneously chat across the multi-column platform. My tweetdeck tailgate party allows me to keep up with weekly chat favorites such as #blogchat, #SMManners and #tweetdiner just to name a few.
There are several other perks associated with TweetDeck that provides you with a more intimate experience and actually makes you feel personally connected. The tool allows you to view user profiles, as well as their timelines. This feature will help you make a decision as to whether you prefer to follow a specific user. If you’re taking part in a chat discussion and a tweet comes across your screen in an unfamiliar language, don’t worry; TweetDeck will translate the tweet for you. Not convinced yet? Well maybe you’ll be convinced by TweetDeck’s built-in url shortener that automatically shortens any url entered in the message box. And although there are some great url shortener programs such as google’s newly released shortener, goo.gl and bit.ly basic, TweetDeck’s program saves me the extra step and instantly shortens any url.
You can create columns that allow you to track new followers, mentions, direct messages, trending topics and more. And just in case you’re having trouble saying what you need to say in 140 characters or less, the application will “tweetshrink” your update. You customize the tweetdeck application so that it suits your specific need. Check out 10 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Tweetdeck.
TweetDeck is not for everyone. It is an advanced tool that even the most experienced twitter junkies have to get used to. But if you’re up for the challenge and not intimidated by the constant tweets that pop up at any given time, then this is the place for you. We’ll see you at the next “TweetDeck Tailgate Party.”