Thanks to Diana (@adamsconsulting) the other day when she told me that TweetDeck now has upgraded to a new version. The version is fully loaded with new features that will make your Tweeting experience more enjoyable and efficient. Here is what the TweetDeck Team developed and hope it is useful for you our readers!
LinkedIn gets linked in
As we announced a few days ago, you can now add your LinkedIn account to TweetDeck. This will allow you to interact with your network of professional contacts just as easily as you can with your Twitter, Facebook and Myspace friends. You can add a LinkedIn column to view updates from your network, view profiles and comment on your contacts’ status updates. And send your own update direct from LinkedIn, cross-posting to any of your other accounts at the same time if you wish.
Lists at the heart of the application
That’s what we promised you, so that’s what you’ve got. Twitter Lists in full, glorious TweetDeck style. Export your old TweetDeck Groups to new Twitter Lists or create Lists from scratch. We’ll even give you great suggestions for who to add. Explore your friend’s lists, following and creating columns when you find Lists you like. You can even create your own List by copying someone else’s and adding your own je ne sais quoi.
Although your old TweetDeck groups are still available to you, you won’t be able to create any more. Twitter Lists offer pretty much everything that Groups did, but with the added advantage of being fully compatible with Twitter. We think that you will agree when you see how Lists work in TweetDeck, so expect to see a lot more from us about Lists in the near future. We are very excited about our Lists-based future and we can’t wait to show you what we are planning.
Retweets – Which style? Your choice!
Love them or hate them, the new-style Twitter Retweets are here to stay. And TweetDeck now fully supports them. New-style retweets will show up in your timelines, flagged with the retweet indicator and showing both the original tweeter’s picture and the retweeter’s picture.
But we know that there are many of you who would rather stick with the old tried-and-tested old-style retweets, allowing comments and editing.
So we have given you the choice. Each time you retweet you can choose to “Retweet now” using the new-style, or “Edit then Retweet” which will give you an old-style retweet. Don’t want to have to choose each time? No problem. Just tick “Remember my choice” and TweetDeck will default to whichever option you choose.
Location, location, location
Another new feature that Twitter have recently rolled out is geo-location. This allows your tweets to be tagged with your current location, a function offered by an increasing number of Twitter clients.
In this version of TweetDeck, geo-coded tweets are identified by a yellow pin at the bottom of the tweet. Clicking on this pin will reveal an inline map showing the location that the tweet was sent from. Click the pin again and the map disappears. Be aware though, TweetDeck for desktop will not currently geo-code your outgoing tweets. This function will be available in TweetDeck for mobile very soon however.
Smarter and simpler
Adding more and more great features to TweetDeck is all well and good, but we need to make sure you can use them easily. So in v0.32 we have placed a big emphasis on improving the user interface for key parts of the application.
For instance, the standard toolbar buttons for adding columns have been replaced with a slick new Add Column screen which is now a one-stop-shop for managing columns, Lists and Groups in TweetDeck. We have spruced up the Settings window and the Profile window has also had a make-over.
There are lots more improvement to the user interface to come as well, so expect your TweetDeck to become a whole lot smarter in the future.
…and all the rest
Alongside these major new features, there are also a host of other tweaks, updates and fixes to help make your TweetDeck experience even better.
To get the full changelog, head over to TweetDeck Support, where you will also find a lot more detailed information about the changes in v0.32.
v0.32 of TweetDeck for the desktop is available now at http://www.tweetdeck.com