I have been somewhat apathetic to Twitter up until this week. I use it mostly when I’m bored. Most of the “people” I follow are news organizations. I just thought it was a quick way to get the news I was interested in from a variety of different sources in one easy place.
My updates were….umm….strange to say the least. Song lyrics. Random quotes. I tried for one weekend (in Phoenix) to update what I was doing while at Dodger Spring training and realized that Bill Plaschke was there too, which was kind of cool! Other than that, my participation has been sporadic.
We even created a twitter account for 643Ink, and updates there have been sporadic as well. When we set our minds to keeping it up, it goes well. Otherwise, it’s somewhat of a battle. A losing battle, at that.
All of these being said, I realized a few days ago what exactly my problem with Twitter is, or at least online Twitter. One, I never remember where I left off so I’m always missing updates. Two, I forget to go back far enough and I don’t often realize that people have sent me messages. Three, it really isn’t in my face. It’s not like email where the number of unread messages pops up in my toolbar, and I am alerted to go check it out.
All of that changed when I heard about TweetDeck somewhere. I’m not quite sure where it was, but I downloaded it and there goes life. (Fortunately, I haven’t been on the computer very much to get completely out of control.) All of a sudden though, I have a nice pop-up whenever there are new updates. I can choose whether or not my particular update merges with Facebook or not.
My favorite things:
- Separate columns for tweets, replies and direct messages.
- The ability to update Twitter and/or Facebook simultaneously.
- The url box that allows you to shrink urls right on the interface.
- The option to reply, retweet, or direct message a fellow Twitter-er right from their icon.
- The ability to mark messages as read.
I think I need technology to slow down…..