TweetDeck is a Dashboard application for Twitter that allows power users to organize their twitter interactions. TweetDeck divides its user interface into multiple columns that can be customized to show specific twitter information. The power of being able to sort combined with the ability to manage the content for multiple twitter accounts simultaneously make TweetDeck a very powerful app to manage twitter.
TweetDeck started its life as a third party application until 2011 when it was acquired by Twitter. TweekDeck works on multiple platforms. They have a desktop application for Windows and Mac, they have web versions and a Chrome app. They also have mobile versions in the most popular platforms.
The first step is to create a tweetdeck account. This is different than a Twitter account, the advantage of doing this is that the customized dashboard will be present in all the platforms.
The initial configuration of TweetDeck presents several preconfigured filters:
- Timeline. This is your real time tweeter feed for messages
- Interactions. This shows you the interactions that your followers have had with you. For example who are the latest people who have followed you.
- Messages. These show the direct messages you have received in Twitter.
- Activity. This shows the activity of your network. For example you can see as someone on your network starts following somebody else.
All the filters in TweetDeck are highly configurable to target specific users or content, and to generate alerts based on this.
Additionally you can create custom filters to follow specific conversations. For example for my Dashboard I created a filter specifying the words “FT-7” and in tweets that included @geekhealthnw to be able to follow the conversation around one of the blog posts I was interested in.
Twitter is a tool where there is a LOT of information flowing all the time. I have found that a tool like TweetDeck has helped me be able to sort and digest information and be able to follow multiple topics and conversations. It is available across multiple platforms, so for the power users who want or need to have constant access to the Twitterverse this can be a very useful tool.