TweetDeck For Android V0.9.8 Beta Released

The folks behind TweetDeck have just updated the beta version of TweetDeck for Android. This new beta update brings with it a trio of widgets and a new Add Column interface. Along with this, the beta also fixes the various bugs found in the previous beta and aims at improving the performance of the application. snap20100910_214909

The three new widgets include TweetDeck Bar, TweetDeck Column and TweetDeck post. The TweetDeck Bar widget contains shortcuts to all your columns. The TweetDeck column shows the recent tweets of the column you select. However, according to me this widget has a very odd size. It needs to be a bit bigger. The TweetDeck Post widget allows you to quickly compose and tweet new messages.

I have been using TweetDeck right from the time the first beta rolled out. The application is downright impressive with a very pleasing UI. However, it still lacks a very important feature and that is the number of tweets to load.

Here is the link to download TweetDeck Beta for Android.

TweetDeck Beta For Android Released

A couple of days ago, TweetDeck announced that they will be releasing a beta version of TweetDeck for Android soon. The very nextsnap20100813_094115 day a very early build of the beta version of TweetDeck for Android got leaked. TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth even recommended people from avoiding installing this pre-beta build. Today, TweetDeck has finally released TweetDeck Beta for Android. I installed the application on my Samsung Galaxy S and have found it pretty decent until now.

The UI of TweetDeck for Android looks very polished. In fact, for me TweetDeck is the best looking Twitter client available on Android. I also loved the multi-column timeline, replies and DM column layout. However, the application lacks some advanced settings like the ability to select the timeline refresh interval, background updates etcetera.

Hopefully, TweetDeck will add these features in the future updates. Here is the link to download TweetDeck Beta For Android

TweetDeck For Android Leaked

It was just last night we told you that a beta version of TweetDeck for Android is coming soon. Now, a very early build of the TweetDeck Beta application for Android has been leaked on the internet. The folks over at Gizmo Fusion haveTweetDeck put 4 different download links for the application. Someone managed to find a download link of the pre-beta build of TweetDeck from the official TweetDeck blog.

However, TweetDeck CEO Iain Dodsworth commented on the Android Police article saying that this is a pretty early build and users are recommended to avoid it. Nevertheless, this should not stop people from giving this pre-beta build a shot once. To install TweetDeck for Android, just download the .apk file and transfer it to your phone. Then install the application using ASTRO file manager or any other similar software.

Hopefully, this should force TweetDeck to release the beta version of TweetDeck for Android as soon as possible.

TweetDeck For Android Coming This Week

TweetDeck is a very popular twitter client on Windows and on iOS. Now, the folks behind TweetDeck are soon going to launch a beta version of TweetDeck for Android. According to the official TweetDeck blog, a public betaimage version of the application will be released sometime this week for some serious device testing.The TweetDeck for Android application has been built from the scratch for the best Twitter experience possible.

Here is the full press release :

Android TweetDeck – Beta Test

To get straight to the point, we’re nearing completion of Android TweetDeck and we’ve really been pushing the limits of what Android can do. Hence we will be opening up a public beta testing period this week for some serious device testing. But before all that happens I wanted to briefly explain what Android TweetDeck means to us because it’s more than just TweetDeck on Android.

First off, we’ve built Android TweetDeck from the ground up to be true multi-stream, laser focused on showing you all your friends’ cross-service activity in one app. Multi-column is still the order of the day but now columns are blended based on the type of activity rather than the service. And all this whilst retaining the most powerful functionality from each included service.

We’ve spent an inordinate amount of time making the app silky smooth from the column scrolling to the custom views – so much so that one of Google’s Android Developer Advocates recently described it as “a thing of beauty”. So look out for the beta test later this week and please do get involved.

Interestingly Android TweetDeck also represents the future of our iPhone and iPad applications. We’ll have a few bug fix releases shortly (awaiting approval in the app store) but in the background we are working on porting Android to iPhone in as quick a time as possible. Finally, it won’t be long before most of the new concepts in Android TweetDeck make it to the desktop and web – we’re also working on this now.

Speaking of the desktop, we have a new build available now which contains a workaround for a Facebook bug which caused TweetDeck to order updates incorrectly.

Android has quite a few Twitter clients like Seesmic, Tweetcaster and Twidroyd. However, none of them stand a chance against the awesome tweeting applications available for Apple iOS. Hopefully, the launch of TweetDeck for Android will change this.

TweetDeck To Launch a Browser-Based Mobile Client

TweetDeck is one of the most popular clients for using Twitter. Besides the desktop version, TweetDeck has apps for almost all major mobile platforms but they don’t think that’s good enough. TweetDeck is now working on a browser-based mobile version that will be based on the recently hyped HTML5.

This will eliminate the need for developing and maintaining separate apps for different mobile platforms and would help a small company like TweekDeck focus more on innovation and quality rather than extensive development. TweetDeck CEO Ian Dodsworth also mentioned that a browser-based client will consume less battery power than a platform native app and will provide greater accessibility.

However, as ReadWriteWeb notes, a browser-based client means there would be no interaction with local apps or the local environment. If you are running it on the iPhone, you might not be able to use all the shortcuts and touch functions that you can use on the native app. Overall, it seems like users who want a better performance will go for the browser-based client but the users who are not willing to sacrifice the unique features of the app will stick to the platform native apps.

Two Ways to BackUp Tweetdeck Preferences – Online and Offline

TweetDeck is undoubtedly one of the best desktop clients for managing your Twitter account. The client supports column view for tweets, lists and groups and can save preferences so that you can restore them later on any computer. Here are two methods which you can use to backup and sync TweetDeck preferences across multiple computers:

Sync TweetDeck preferences using a TweetDeck account

1. Open TweetDeck and click settings (wrench icon) at the right top of the TweetDeck window.

2. Switch to the “Sync” tab and create a new TweetDeck account. Enter your email address and choose a password for the account which you are going to create. Please note that the email address used here need not be the same address which you used to sign up for Twitter.

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3. Hit “Create account” and you are done. Whenever you reinstall TweetDeck on another computer or perform a system format, go to settings and enter the TweetDeck login credentials. The preferences, columns, lists and groups would be restored to match with the settings since the last time you used TweetDeck. (also read: Best Tips and Tricks for TweetDeck).

Backup TweetDeck Settings Without Creating any Account

What if you do not want to create a TweetDeck account to sync the preferences? Maybe you would not like to remember yet another username and password combination and want an easy option to back up the settings locally on your computer.

Enter TDBackup – a free batch script for Windows which lets you backup and restore TweetDeck settings. The script does not requires any installation and can be used from a USB stick.

Once you unzip the package, you will see two batch scripts -backuptweetdeck.bat and restoretweetdeck.bat.

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Run the backuptweetdeck.bat script and it will create a backup folder in the same directory. Copy all the contents to a safe place and whenever you want to restore the settings, run the restoretweetdeck.bat script. If you are using Windows7 or Windows Vista, remember to run the scripts in administrator mode. Thanks LifeRocks.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Both the methods work well but I think the offline trick is more useful. Using the scripts, I can create separate TweetDeck environments and backup the settings locally in my computer. The online backup do not provide any option for multiple backups of a single account, although it’s easier than the offline one.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (very good).

TweetDeck Updated: Adds Twitter Lists, Native Retweets, LinkedIn Support and GeoTagging

, the most famous cross-platform client based on for   has just released a new update. The latest version includes support for Twitter Lists, native retweets, LinkedIn support and GeoTagging.

Must Read: Tips and Tricks to get the Best out of TweetDeck

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TweetDeck provides users with an option to either choose between the new retweet feature introduced by twitter or stick with the plain old interface used by TweetDeck. There are several more small changes in this version which you can read in the changelog.

Watch the video below to see the new TweetDeck in action.

As Promised – A Very Special TweetDeck Delivery [Official TweetDeck blog]

TweetDeck to Introduce LinkedIn Support

the popular client for desktop and iPhone is set to introduce support for LinkedIn in the latest build. In addition to that, they will also be adding support for Twitter Lists.

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With this introduction, TweetDeck is set to become a comprehensive social networking tool for desktop and probably iPhone, since it already supports and MySpace.

The support for LinkedIn and Twitter Lists will be introduced in version 0.32 in TweetDeck.

Coming Soon: Bring Your LinkedIn Network to TweetDeck [Official TweetDeck Blog]

App Store Not Approving The Updated Version of TweetDeck

Iphone App store is notorious for rejecting apps that don’t meet the requirement, but this is the first time where an ultra popular app is finding it difficult to make its way back in.

When TweetDeck released their updated version (v 1.1) on November 6th, it had a number of bugs that made the app crash for a number of users. The app quickly disappeared from the app store. TweetDeck support team claims that they took it down while some blogs state that they were kicked out.

Anyways, they fixed the bugs and re-submitted the app within a couple of hours but the app still hasn’t been approved after 4   whole days. Is Apple being extra cautious?

Note that this issue doesn’t affect the users who are still using the older version of TweetDeck on their iPhones.

Best TweetDeck Tips, Tricks and Use Cases

I have been using 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 , you will need to download and install that before you can use this application.