How to use Tweetdeck

by Kathy Purdy 

Tweetdeck how to use

TweetDeck is the most useful application for managing Twitter that I’ve found. While many call it “intuitive,” some of my clients are intimidated by it. Perhaps they don’t realize it has tooltip-type hints when you mouse over the various buttons, or maybe the tips don’t explain enough. For those of you who want more than tooltips, here is a basic introduction to TweetDeck.

Organize your screen with these buttons

The following nine buttons function as toggles. That is, click once to open, and click again to close. They are found at the upper left of your screen. (Where appropriate, I’ve linked to some tutorials on another site that explain certain functions in more detail.)

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  1. Click here to type a message (status update). When you click this button, several other buttons become available which I will collectively refer to as the tweetbox. They are explained below.
  2. This opens or closes a column that shows all updates from everyone you follow. Usually it’s open.
  3. Click this button to start a new group.
  4. Click here to set up a search column.
  5. Click here to start a column that monitors all replies to you. (That is, all messages that have @yourtwittername in them.)
  6. If you want to have a column of all your direct messages, click here.
  7. This button sets up a column with all your favorited tweets.
  8. Twitscoop enables you to see what the hot twitter topics are.
  9. 12seconds is “the best place online for video status updates.” When you click this button it will ask you for your login.

Using the tweetbox to post a message. (Button 1 above.)

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Your message is also called a status update. You type it into the tweetbox, the largest blank field in the form (A). As you know, you only have 140 characters at your disposal. Tweetdeck helps you get the most out of them. If you are linking to another page, Tweetdeck will shorten the url using one of several link-shortening services. Paste your link in at (B) and choose the service from (C). (In this case, tinyURL.) Then click the Shorten button (D).

Do you want to share a picture? Type the caption for your picture into the message box, and click the TwitPic button (E). Tweetdeck gets the photo uploaded to TwitPic, and inserts a shortened url to the image. You just have to press enter.

Finally, if your message is just a leetle too long, click (F) to use Tweetshrink to trim it down. It will change you to u, are to r, and the like, in an effort to get your message under the 140 character limit.

Info from an individual status update

Each group that you create is a vertical column of messages, with the newest at the top. Each message, or status update, is designed to provide a wealth of information and utility, but you need to mouse over the picture of the writer of that message to access the tools. Below is a reply I sent to @ gardenofwords. You can’t see the cursor, but it is resting over my profile picture so that the four grey icons show up. These are buttons for the basic twitter functions: reply, direct message, retweet, and favorite.

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When you click the Reply button, the tweetbox opens up, with @recipient already inserted for you. The same thing happens with the Direct Message button; d recipient is inserted in the message box for you. Likewise, if you want to Retweet a message, clicking the button will insert the necessary info in the Tweetbox for you to edit as desired. And if it’s a tweet you wish to refer to later, you can Favorite it.

If you click on the name of the sender of the message or any @twittername, Tweetdeck will open the Profile of that user in a column on the right. You can look over that user’s updates, read their bio and click on any url they’ve provided in their profile, and then, at the bottom of the column, click a button to follow them. If you’re already a follower, you can add or remove them from a group.

Next to the sender’s name is a plus sign (+). Click on that to add the sender to one or more groups (assuming you already follow her). If you click on the date-stamp of the message, it will take you to the status permalink. This is the url of that message, which is useful if you want to link to it or bookmark it.

Tweetdeck also shows you the application used to send the message, and links to that application. This is useful for finding new ways to tweet.

After the application name is a link to the message that the current message is replying to. If the sender had clicked on the reply icon for the correct message, when you click on this link you will see the tweet that inspired the reply.This can sometimes be cut off if the user’s twittername is long or if the columns are narrow. When it works, it can be very helpful in putting replies in context.

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TweetDeck is a Social Media Time-Saver

TweetDeck is a Social Media Time-Saver!

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

TweetDeck is an Adobe AIR desktop application for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and MySpace. Like other Twitter applications it interfaces with the Twitter API to allow users to send and receive tweets and view profiles. It is the most popular Twitter application with a 19% market share as of June 2009, following only the official Twitter.com website with 45.70% share for posting new status updates. It is compatible with several operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.An iPhone version was released on June 19, 2009 and an iPad version was released in May 2010 as well. A beta version for Android was released on August 12, 2010.

User interface

Users can split the program into columns which show different things, for instance tweets from friends. TweetDeck interfaces with Twitscoop, 12seconds and Stocktwits, all of which can appear in separate columns. It also allows users to split the people they follow into groups, a very useful feature to many users. The client supports URL shortening which can be done on-the-fly.

Integration with other social networking services

Originally, TweetDeck was aimed towards the Twitter social networking service. On March 16, 2009, a pre-release version was released featuring Facebook status updates integration. As of April 8, 2009, Facebook status updates are part of the standard program. As of version 0.30 TweetDeck also supports MySpace integration. This includes the ability to set user moods, a feature specific to MySpace. In addition, version 0.32, released on 30th November 2009, adds LinkedIn integration, as well as new Twitter features. In May 2010 TweetDeck also added integration with the Google Buzz and Foursquare social networks.

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How Much Would You Be Willing To Pay For Twitter’s TweetUp?

We've all heard of Google Adwords, Now Meet Twitter TweetUp

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Would you be willing to pay to get your tweets listed at the top of search results, based on keywords? That’s the idea behind TweetUp, a venture started by Bill Gross. It’s a search service that readers can use to find relevant tweets based on keywords. Business owners and others pay for the privilege of appearing at the top of the results. The New York Times explored the service further with Gross and reports:

“The gamble is whether Twitter users who have turned the microblogging service into global communications phenomenon will be willing to pay to get their 140-character messages noticed — and whether other Twitter users will view such paid placement as legitimate.

So who does Mr. Gross expect to pay to put something as ephemeral as a Twitter post on top of the charts? ‘I think everyone who is looking to build a following will pay,’ he said. That means companies that want to build their brands as well as individuals who hope to drive readers to their Web sites.”

Similar to Google Adwords, you’re bidding on keywords for higher page ranks. With TweetUp, you’re paying for higher tweet post ranks. Either way, you (or your competitors) are paying to stand out among thousands of tweets.

Whether or not you should pay for TweetUp will depend on how much they charge. Like with Adwords, you’ll want to limit your spending in order to control your marketing budget. If the price is too cost prohibitive, then it’s back to grassroots marketing on Twitter, which has helped many entrepreneurs to boost sales and transition from the workplace to their own business.

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What Does the BC Government Have to say About Social Media? You may Be surprised!

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What B.C. says "Facebook and Twitter okay on the job".

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We don't block access any more to social media. We want to say to our employees that we trust them – and we do trust them – to be responsible.'

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Victoria (16 Sept. 2010) – The B.C. government is opening the door for public employees to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter on the job.

It is creating new guidelines for the use of such media and is encouraging their use in everything from forest fire updates to citizen input on policy decisions.

Allan Seckel, head of the B.C. public service, says the province sees social media as a new set of tools to be incorporated into the working day of an employee, rather than banned or discouraged.

"These tools are incredibly important internally and externally in terms of how you communicate," Seckel told a conference titled Communicating to the Public and Employees in the Age of Social Media.

Seckel says social media are quickly becoming a big part of public employees' daily work and while it can be unnerving for organizations to let employees use social media in the workplace, the government has decided not to impose restrictions merely to avoid perceived risk, he adds.

"We absolutely have to be aware of the risks before we act and we need to know what we are getting into, but we can't be so risk-averse that we are paralyzed. We have every confidence our employees can be trusted," he said.

"We don't block access any more to social media. We want to say to our employees that we trust them – and we do trust them – to be responsible."

Seckel says social media can be important business tools as well. He cited cases in which government employees use Facebook or Twitter to assist them in their work during the summer forest fire season.

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Social Media Toolkit: Popular Social Media Online Applications

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Hey, to all of you just getting started in social media, don't get frazzled, take it one step at a time, little by little.
The following is a list of things you might check out a along the way, a little bit at a time. 

See what works best for you, what you work best with, and last but not least, what you can simply just dismiss as unsuitable for your needs.

Now, if along the way you find some great resources, you find useful to include here, it would be great to have you to add them in the comments section, below.

Add the following list below to your social media toolkit, find some of the most popular online applications and other sites to consider using for your social media marketing strategy.

Top Blogging  

  1. Blogger – free blogging and hosting. 
  2. WordPress.com – free blogging and hosting.
  3. WordPress.org – free blog software, needs host.
  4. Tumblr – free blogging and hosting.
  5. Movable Type – paid software, needs host.
  6. TypePad – paid blogging and hosting.

How About Microblogging

  1. BrightKite – microblogging, mobile, location.
  2. FriendFeed – microblogging/ aggregator.
  3. Posterous – microblogging, and/or sends to other sites.
  4. Identi.ca – open source microblogging.
  5. Jaiku – microblogging, mobile too.
  6. Seesmic – video microblogging.
  7. Pownce – microblogging and file sharing.
  8. Plurk – microblogging and threaded conversations. 
  9. Utterz – microblogging, mobile, video.
  10. Twitter – microblogging and mobile.

Social Networks

  1. Facebook – general networking.
  2. Flickr – photo and video sharing.
  3. Last.fm – music sharing.
  4. LibraryThing – book lovers.
  5. LinkedIn – professional social networking.
  6. MySpace – general networking.
  7. Ning – white label social network.
  8. Pandora – music sharing.
  9. Yelp – rating restaurants and businesses.

Social Bookmarking

  1. Delicious – bookmarking.
  2. Sphinn – bookmarking/voting.
  3. StumbleUpon – bookmarking and browsing.
  4. Ma.gnolia – enhanced bookmarking. 

Social News Sites 

  1. Digg – social news.
  2. Mixx – social news.
  3. Reddit – social news.

Miscellaneous & Useful

  1. Twitter Search (formerly Summize) – search for what matters to YOU.
  2. Picnik – free online photo editing. Good for avatar pic touchups.
  3. Evernote – online and desktop note syncing/storage.
  4. Upcoming.org – event sharing site (great for finding cool conferences).
  5. Netvibes – web start page (has Ginger social features now, too).
  6. Twingly – blog search.
  7. Compete – web ranking analysis.
  8. AideRSS – rates your blog posts.

Video Platforms

  1. Blip.tv – video hosting, sharing.
  2. Google Video – video hosting, sharing.
  3. Viddler – video hosting, sharing.
  4. Vimeo – video hosting, sharing.
  5. YouTube – video hosting, sharing.
  6. Mogulus – live video platform.
  7. uStream.tv – live video platform.
  8. BlogTV – live video platform.
  9. ooVoo – live video chat.
  10. Skitch – screen capture tool (mac).


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