Desktop, mobile or web app?

Twitter is in the midst of rolling out it’s new, all-encompassing interface, and I’ve been able to take a look at it in ‘preview’ mode.

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My verdict: quite nice, but it won’t replace desktop twitter apps for me, just yet. Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop both offer greater functionality than the new Twitter interface.

Though I’ve not delved into every nook and cranny of the new Twitter look, the one shortfall that immediately came apparent was the way content is presented. I like the multi-pane look of Tweetdeck, and really enjoy being able to scan-at-a-glance all the content coming in through various filtered streams.

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The Twitter web interface just doesn’t offer that. If you’re interested in more of what the new Twitter interface has to offer, read on to the bottom; I’ve inserted the ‘official’ video there for your review :smileyhappy:

Moving to mobile, Twitter certainly has raised the bar on the iPad app — it blows everything else I’ve used on the iPad out of the water!

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For me, the coolest feature is the integrated web view of any website or photo links embedded in tweets. Someone spent some time thinking about how people will want to use Twitter on the iPad. Essential.

But that’s just me. If you’ve got access to the new Twitter interface, what do you think? And how ‘bout mobile? Are you a TweetDeck-everywhere type of user, or do you mix and match? Let us know what and why in the comments!



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TweetDeck – now with more awesome!

In the wiggly world of Twitter apps, competition is getting pretty tight between the leading desktop contenders; TweetDeck, Seesmic, and new-kid-on-the-block Mixero.

Today TweetDeck launched their latest update, with some pleasant surprises:

  • Conversation window – View an entire dialogue all at once.
  • Video playback – Watch Qik or 12seconds video clips from the comfort of TweetDeck.
  • New ‘Block & Report Spam’ button – Just one click will delete the message from view, block the user and report them to Twitter.
  • TweetDeck Recommends column – Find new and interesting people to follow whether you’re a Twitter newbie or a veteran of the Twitterverse.
  • ‘Reply All’ – Tweet everyone mentioned in a tweet in just a couple of clicks.
  • YFrog – Share and preview YFrog photos inside TweetDeck.
  • Smart filter – Start typing a username to find a person and add them to a group quickly and easily.
  • RE (In reference to) tweets – Easily comment on a discussion.

But the two biggest surprises for me were an iPhone / iPod Touch version, and the ability to Sync your various installations of TweetDeck, so you can keep your group and search panels between work and home.

I’ve not had the time to give this version of TweetDeck a full workout yet, but I’m looking forward to doing just that, and maybe comparing it with Mixero and SeesMic…all three have their distinct benefits.

But, if you’ve not yet upgraded, or even tried TweetDeck as your desktop Twitter client, do it now. You won’t be disappointed.

eeePC Netbook Ubuntu mod and a bit of fun

As you can see, I’ve managed to get TweetDeck installed on my languishing eeePC 8G Netbook.

Originally we’d picked the eeePC up as a light web browser, but found the native Xandros OS a bit weak.

Time passed and we’d not had time to really explore the potential of this little guy…until now.

First off, the OS needed a rework. I was considering a TinyXP (stripped down) Windows XP install, but decided against it for a number of reasons.

Then Easy Peasy was released. It’s a fork of Ubuntu Linux, optimized for the requirements of the netbook’s smaller form factor (screen, keyboard, wifi, etc).

Cutting to the chase, the Easy Peasy installation went perfectly, following these instructions.

Then, to make this refreshed netbook work for me…it needed TweetDeck (the ultimate Twitter client) which runs on Adobe AIR. Ubuntu and Easy Peasy don’t include AIR, but lucky for me there was a simple walkthrough which I’ll summarize here:

  1. Open the Terminal
  2. Download the file from here using the wget command:
    http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/lin/download/1.5/AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  3. The name of the file is AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  4. Save the file in the Home folder (Places > Home Folder)
  5. Run this command:
    chmod +x AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
  6. Now run this command:
    sudo ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

The normal installer will open, install it. From now whenever you download a .air file, just double click it and it will be installed.

So this means we simply browse to the TweetDeck download page, click on the Linux Version, and select ‘install with AdobeAirInstaller’ when prompted by the operating system.

Poof done! TweetDeck now installed and the eeePC netbook can now play with Twitter like the big boys.