I have been using TweetDeck for quite sometime now, and I must admit that sometimes it is a bit of memory hogger. However, the fact that it is one of the best twitter clients available today, I continue to use it, albeit by tweaking it to use lesser memory and provide me with more functionality.
Here are some tips, tricks and use cases, which will help you out when it comes to using TweetDeck. Most of the tips are generated using TweetDeck version 0.31.1, so you might not see the options if you are using a older version.
Disable Notifications: In my experience, the notifications provided by TweetDeck are the biggest memory hoggers. It is best to disable the notifications to reduce memory usage in the application.
To disable the notifications, go to the Settings -> Notifications, and click on the Detail on and Summary on to turn them off.
Save on API Calls: Twitter has a limitation on the number of API calls any third-party service or application can make to them. If you are a heavy twitter user you might run out of API calls quickly, and then have to use the web interface to update your status and view other’s updates.
If you use TweetDeck, you can save on few twitter API calls, by disabling some features. By default, TweetDeck is setup to display user profiles directly inside the app, you can save some API calls by choosing to Open profiles in a web browser instead. Go to Settings -> General to make that change.
Quick Reply, Retweet, Direct Message or Favorite a Tweet: When I first started out using TweetDeck, I was a bit clueless about these features.
When you hover over the profile image of a twitter user, you will find options to reply to a tweet, retweet the message and even send a direct message to the user. To favorite a tweet, click on the other actions icon and select Favorite from the Tweet submenu.
Save Time While Typing Twitter Handles: In twitter, you need to type the handle of the user, preceded by a @in order to send a message to them. You can have TweetDeck auto-complete the twitter usernames for you.
To turn on auto-complete, go to Settings -> General, and select the checkbox next to Use autocomplete for usernames. The next you type @ in your tweet, a new overlay will popup, allowing you to autocomplete the twitter username. This overlay will also show up when you begin your tweet with D, the shortkey for sending direct messages to users.
Create Groups of Users: Twitter by default does not provide users with an option to create groups, they have introduced a feature called lists, but it is not available for all users yet.
Using TweetDeck, you can add users to different groups and then track them in a separate column. To add a group, click on the twitter icon and then click on the groups icon in the overlay window. Give you group a name and select the members who form part of the group.
Once you have added the group members, click on Add group, it should then add a new column to TweetDeck, where you can follow tweets from just the group members.
Adding new members to a group is easy, just hover over a user’s profile picture and click on the Other actionsicon. From the user menu, click on add to group to add the user to a pre-created group.
Limit Number of Updates per Column: If you are like me and have 20 columns related to different accounts, searches and trends, you might want to limit the number of updates that are shown in each column to reduce memory usage.
To limit the number of updates per column, go to Settings -> General and change the Max numbers of updates in a column to suit your needs.
Access Multiple Twitter Accounts in TweetDeck: Many users choose to have multiple accounts in Twitter. For example, I have a personal account @keithdsouza and a account for Techie Buzz, @techiebuzzer where we push latest news updates.
TweetDeck allows you to add and manage multiple twitter accounts from the same interface. To add new accounts to TweetDeck, go to Settings -> Accounts and choose to Add new accounts.
Access Facebook and MySpace Feeds in TweetDeck: TweetDeck allows users to add Facebook and MySpace feeds to their interface. In addition to that you can also comment and like items from your friends on Facebook, directly from TweetDeck.
To add your Facebook or MySpace account to TweetDeck, click on the icons on the top of the application and follow the steps to authenticate your accounts. Once done, you will see new columns with Facebook and MySpace updates in TweetDeck. You can also follow the previous tip to add new Facebook or MySpace accounts to TweetDeck.
Quickly Search and View Twitter Trends: TweetDeck allows you to quickly search the twitter Timeline for keywords and trends.
To add a new search, click on the twitter column and then click on the search icon. Input the keywords for the search and click on the search icon next to the input box. This should add a new search column, where you can follow all the public timeline updates from twitter that contain the keywords. You can also all the latest trends in Twitter, by adding a column for Twitscoop.
Sync your Accounts across multiple PCs: Sometime back TweetDeck announced the ability to sync your accounts across multiple PCs, by providing users with cloud storage on their servers.
To create your own account on TweetDeck servers, go to Settings -> Sync and create a new TweetDeck account. Once you have created your account, your searches and default twitter account will be synced with TweetDeck servers.
You will be able to access the settings from any other PC or even your iPhone, once you have signed into your sync account. TweetDeck will automatically alert you to add columns when you access TweetDeck on a new PC.
View and Follow New Followers in TweetDeck: A new feature introduced in TweetDeck version 0.31.1 allows you to view and follow new followers inside the application.
To add the new followers column, click on the twitter icon and the on the New followers icon. If you have multiple accounts you will be asked to choose, which account to display the new followers for. Make that selection and click on Finish. A new column will be added to TweetDeck, from where you will be able to see the new followers and also follow them from within TweetDeck.
Quickly Report & Block Spam Users in TweetDeck: Twitter is notorious for spam, and have been taking some steps to allow users to easily report spam users.
However, if you use TweetDeck, it is much more easier to report spam and block users. If you want to report & block a user. Click on the more options on the profile picture and go to the User menu. From the submenu, either choose to Block the user or Block & Report the user as Spam.
When you choose the second option, a popup overlay will be displayed, asking you to confirm the block. Once you click on Ok, the user will be blocked and a direct message will be sent to @spam with the twitter user’s handle.
Quickly Drag and Drop Images for Sharing: The latest versions of TweetDeck allows users to quickly share images and photos by dragging it to the update textbox.
When you drag and drop images to the update input box, you will be given an option to choose which service you want to upload the images to. TweetDeck supports uploading images to TwitPic, YFrog and TweetPhoto.
You can setup your accounts for the above services by visiting Settings -> Services.
Record and Upload videos to Twitter: You can record and upload videos from TweetDeck, by associating your 12seconds account.
Once you add your account, by clicking on the twitter account and adding the 12 seconds service. You will see a new column with the 12 seconds videos you have created, click on the record button at the top of the column to record videos and share it on twitter.
Associate your Bit.ly account with TweetDeck: TweetDeck allows you to shorten URLs using several services. Out of them Bit.ly provides users with an option to create API accounts, in order to track the shared URLs.
You can associate your Bit.ly username and API key with the shortened URLs by visiting Settings -> Services and entering your Bit.ly information.
Summarizing: I am certainly happy with TweetDeck and use it on both my PC and the iPod touch, these tips may come in useful to you, to help you use this software better. However, there might be something’s, which I may have missed out on, so do feel free to add your own tips to this list. Also don’t forget to tell us, if these tips come in handy to you.
Please note: TweetDeck is based on Adobe Air, you will need to download and install that before you can use this application.