Learn How To Use Tweetdeck Effectively And Save Time


TweetDeck is the most useful application for managing Twitter that I’ve found ever. It is fully customizable – you have full control of every column, user, related tweet – this application is really time saver if you use it on regular basis. In this article I am trying to show real power of Tweetdeck, which seems to be hidden on the first moment, it is an Adobe Air-based application that runs on any platform (it requiresAdobe Air 1.5 to be installed first) – at first I would suggest You also to play with settings, rollover buttons, they are often self explaining also revealing many hidden features.
Learn How To Use Tweetdeck Effectively And Save Time

Organize Your Screen and Columns

I will start explaining the most important features
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1. Tweet

This is the most basic button, You probably use very often – here You can write status update as well as insert and shorten URL.
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Also note there are also buttons where You can add picture, translate message, automatically shrink message (shorten words as possible) and automatically hash tag with most relevant and popular tags. Keep playing with buttons – you’ll get used to it pretty fast.

2. All Friends

Open Friend tweet section column, usually it is open on default.

3. Replies

Open Reply column (lists all replies to your messages), usually this one is opened too. All messages with @yourtwittername included will be there.

4. Direct Messages

Open direct messages column (DM), opened on default.

5. Favorites

Opens Favorite message column.

6. Groups

Start new group, choose group members and manage them. This can be very handy to create specific column following just your selected friends, you want to take off the crowd. For example you can create one column – just where You talk with You work buddies and then maybe one more column where you select just your school friends. Read more about group creation here.

7. Twitter Search

Use advanced search to search all relevant tweets into a new column – great way yo start conversation that You really take interest in. Very powerful tool, read more about it here.

8. TwitScoop

Adds new column showing You hot trends, most often and popular topics – see what people are buzzing about.

9. 12Seconds

12seconds is the best place online for video status updates. It’s a super easy way to share what you’re doing with your friends and family using short video clips. You can use your web cam or mobile phone. Show your friends where you are, share your thoughts, or tell them how you’re doing. We are building a video status platform that will help you keep up to date with your friends 12 seconds at a time.
Tweetdeck just add interaction with this project and service.

10. StockTwits

StockTwits is an open, community-powered idea and information service for investments. Users can eavesdrop on traders and investors, or contribute to the conversation and build their reputation as savvy market wizards. The service takes financial related data – using Twitter as the content production platform – and structures it by stock, user, reputation, etc.
Log into the site with your Twitter details and you will be presented with a user interface filled with comments and stats showing the top ticker buzz, the top StockTwit talkers, and the top gainers and losers.
Tweetdeck just add interaction with this great service.

11. Facebook Status Update

Same here, adds Facebook interaction with Tweetdeck.
Okay, now we are a little more familiar with main navigation section. Continuing article, I’ll explain many short tips, which will help you navigate and use TweetDeck more effectively saving Your time in big amounts, of course, if you want it to spend at all on Twitter.

Reply, Retweet, Direct Message

Just rollover on profile icon to get many options as reply, retweet, DM, follow,unfollow, add to group, favorite, search. With those buttons you can do anything you could need from another person in very handy way.
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Organize Your columns

You can get 5 columns on Your TweetDeck if You choose Narrow columns. Also note if You click on the new buttons to open new columns, you should close some of already opened ones in order to see new ones or just scroll from left to right.
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How to delete column
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Filter by keyword

Now this one is extremely useful because for example, if you are searching for links to retweet you can type “http” and all messages with URL’s will be listed.
Also “RT @” is useful, because you filter messages, which your friends seemed to be worthy for retweeting.
One more – if you’re looking for questions to answer and help somebody just type question mark – “?” or “please” and you’ll get all questions or requests from your friends.
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You can also filter by username – select dropdown list and write Your friend’s username and get only his tweets in one column. You can even select time frame and source – it gives you complete control to Your columns.
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Twitter API Limit

This is really good feature – Twitter API Limit Tracker. The API Tracker allows you to see how much of your Twitter API limit you’ve used and at what time your API limit will reset to 100%. You can see this limit on top right of Tweetdeck. On TweetDeck settings you can choose how you use this limit selecting how often Your columns updates, this is nice feature also if you have got a lot of followers. By limiting updates, you have enough time to read all interesting tweets in time.
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TweetDeck Color Settings

As for me it’s pretty tiresome to read on dark background light letters and you know what – you can easily change it if you want! I just reversed colors and played some little more and got light, personalized TweetDeck profile. If you want, you can also share your Tweet color settings with friends or reset colors if you messed up something.
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Okay, this ir pretty rough list explaining just the most important Tweetdeck features, if you want to dig really deep I listed several more resources, you can continue reading:
All your TweetDeck Questions Answered – 31 basic questions answered here, consider reading if You’re new to Tweetdeck.

TwitterHowTo

Here You can find a lot of Tweetdeck tips explained with screenshots really detailed, site is dedicated to help You with Twitter, but Tweetdeck related articles explaining new features are pretty often there. Just keep searching, what You need.
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TweetDeck’s posterous

-All things about TweetDeck and Twitter.
It seems obvious, but if you’re interested what’s happening with Tweetdeck, read their own blog. That’s all for short!

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