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What Do You Think About TweetDeck?

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One person who called the live stream recently wanted to know my thoughts on the TweetDeck application. It’s good enough, I suppose. I happen to feel it’s too cluttered, and doesn’t have a good user experience overall.

It is running on the Adobe Air platform. One of my largest frustrations with Adobe Air is that I cannot scroll sideways. There are so many columns in TweetDeck that you really need to be able to do this. Who actually clicks on a scroll bar to scroll around? No one does, that’s who! I want to be able to scroll in whatever direction I need. If an application doesn’t support this, it’s a giant step backwards.

If I navigate through my various Twitter accounts, I tend to use CoTweet at this point in time. I’ve yet to see a client that handles Twitter seamlessly and provides all of the functionality that I would hope for.

What are your thoughts?

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Thumbs Up on New Seesmic App for the iPhone

Seesmic is already one of the leading desktop Twitter clients available right now. @loic and his team have put together a very solid client and they work hard to keep it that way. Just a few hours ago, they announced the brand-new Seesmic for iPhone app, and @Scobleizer is already lovin’ it. He’s stated publicly that he will be using this as his primary Twitter app on the go from now on.

Seesmic for iPhone is NOT just for Twitter, though. It allows you to update dozens of your social network pages all at once, including Twitter, Facebook, Ping.fm, MySpace, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr and more. It lets you see your friends’ timelines, your mentions and private messages and check out the profiles of others. You can update or delete your own status messages, post links and pictures and even geotag your updates. It’s a powerful little app, and one that just may replace the new client from Twitter for a lot of people (and not just Scoble!).

When you are writing a message, one of the functions you’ll see is photo sharing. You can take a new pic right from within the app, or grab one out of your gallery to upload. Also while composing, you can quickly add your location to the status by clicking “add location.” Shorten up those URLs while dashing off a quick message by entering your bit.ly credentials ahead of time in the settings of the app.

I will be checking this out later today for myself. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts as you download and play with the app for yourself. Seesmic welcomes your feedback, as well.

Twitter Survey Wants to Know What You Think

If you’re a Twitter user, the service is hoping you can spare 140 seconds of your time to help make the site even better. There are seven short questions which will ask your opinion on a variety of things.

What type of people do you follow? What Twitter client do you use and recommend to others? Why do you use the popular social networking service? These are a few of the things you’ll see when you click to take the survey. The question that remains, though, is why Twitter suddenly wants your feedback.

With the recent acquisitions, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing some major changes coming down the pipeline. It’s quite possible that Twitter may use these results to develop (or buy) more apps in the near future. Could we see more functionality added to the new ad service? Another way to look at it, according to ReadWriteWeb, “is that we get to see what third-party clients and services are on Twitter’s radar and exactly how the company sees itself.”

If you do choose to fill out the survey, you have the option of giving up your Twitter handle (and email address). This may open up a chance for you to test new products in the future. I know that many of you (especially developers in our community) will be interested in that potential opportunity.

I took the survey myself just prior to writing this article. I was surprised at the lack of choices when asked what type of people I follow. Why would anyone assume that I only care to follow experts, news sources and famous people? Yes, there’s an option for coworkers and family/friends. However, a large number of the people I follow don’t fit into any of the given categories. I had to come up with one word to write in the “other” spot – trying to pigeon-hole these people together.

When I neared the bottom of the survey, it struck me that this entire thing deals with one thing: which clients we prefer. They’re trying to gauge how old we are and where we come from, yes. However, the focus appears to be on our preferences when it comes to HOW we tweet. This is pure speculation, but what are the odds that the gang at Twitter may go so far as to hire a few developers in the very near future? Can you imagine them taking the best parts of the clients we like and creating something completely different? That, my friends, would likely be the best client of all.

Photo courtesy of The Next Web Conference

Tips for Twitter

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I need your advice! I’m putting together an eBook full of Twitter tips. There will ultimately be 140 tips, each consisting of 140 characters or less. As of right now, I only have 89 solid tips that I can use. This is where you come in!

Send me your best Twitter tips. Make sure that they are under 140 characters. If I use your tip, you will receive credit in the eBook. You will also get a free copy when it is finished. The book is only selling for $1.40 when it is finished, so hopefully you’ll tell all of your friends. Everyone of us was new to Twitter – and social media in general – at some point. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have some sort of easy handbook to follow along with as we found our way in the murky depths? I know my experience might have been much better had I had some tips to get me started.

Believe me, it’s not as easy as you think it might be to come up with this many good tips. Coming up with the ones I already have was difficult. Both Imei and Kat contributed to this venture already, and are now as stumped as I am! They have both given me some excellent ideas, all of which I’ve incorporated into the eBook. How lucky am I to be surrounded by such fantastic and smart women?

When the eBook is ready, it will be available at go.tagjag.com/twittertips. Keep your eye on that link in the upcoming weeks!

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Do You Follow the Right People on Twitter?

Finally, a service has emerged that will help us manage who we follow on Twitter more effectively. ManageTwitter lets you know which of the Twitter users you follow aren’t following you back, who is inactive, who is talking too much, and who is not. All of these are excellent ways to help you decide if each person is really someone you want to spend your time following or not.

Unfollowing a user is as easy as selecting their name and clicking the “unfollow” button. Best of all, you can unfollow several people at once! Hovering the mouse over any user will give you more information about them, including how often they tweet every day. You can also sort the various ManageTwitter fields into categories, such as by name or location.

There are a ton of services out there to tell you who you should follow on Twitter. There are services – and clients – that will help you manage your Twitter stream. There are even applications that will help you search for others you may be interested in getting to know. But until now, there wasn’t a single thing out there to help you learn who NOT to follow.

Knowing which noise to keep out of your stream is just as important as the things you DO read. Why bother cluttering your mind up with useless information or by reading inane comments written by those who don’t add anything of value to your life? Toxic people and relationships should also be avoided on social networks, just as in real life encounters.

It’s all about who you surround yourself with – even on Twitter. Your total number of followers honestly doesn’t matter all that much, people. The quality of your followers counts for everything. Period.

Thanks to ManageTwitter, I have a feeling the list of people I follow may be shrinking in the very near future.

What is Ping.FM?

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While at CES last week, Traci Toguchi caught up with John Yamasaki, who is the Community Evangelist for Seesmic. They talked about the fact that Seesmic has now acquired Ping.FM! You have a lot of friends, and they’re not all in one place! With this merger, you can now update 50 social networks using Seesmic+Ping.fm from email, chat, sms, Blackberry, Android, or the web itself!

From Seesmic’s press release:

Ping.fm has more than half a million active users who post daily from any device just by sending an email, a text message or chat – simple tools that existed since the early stages of the Internet are available on all connected devices. This is why Ping.fm is extremely easy to use and access –just send an update and it can touch on 50 social networks!

This is huge news for many of us. Send your status updates to everyone – everywhere! – in just a few seconds. You don’t have to worry about missing an important site, or leaving someone out. Update the sites that YOU choose, and ignore the ones you don’t feel you need.

I don’t know about you, but this is going to save people like me a mountain of time! It’s compatible with virtually any Internet-capable device in the world, so you don’t even need to worry about whether your particular phone or gadget will work. It will!

It’s automagic!

Thanks to Creative for sending Traci a Vado 3 to use during the conference!

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