Dropped Tweets sour TweetDeck’s treats

Aug 21, 2009
Tech

Tweets of adoration for TweetDeck’s iPhone app flooded the Internet during its mid-June release date. TweetDeck offers a very popular desktop app for Twitter, so its iPhone debut drew much excitement. At first, I was using TweetDeck often. Its slick, columned design was totally different than other Twitter apps. I loved its Growl-esque alerts on […]

Tweets of adoration for TweetDeck’s iPhone app flooded the Internet during its mid-June release date. TweetDeck offers a very popular desktop app for Twitter, so its iPhone debut drew much excitement.

At first, I was using TweetDeck often. Its slick, columned design was totally different than other Twitter apps. I loved its Growl-esque alerts on auto refresh. A finger swipe changes columns (a great use of the iPhone’s technology) while the shake-to-refresh option is just plain fun.

TweetDeck is great for managing multiple accounts. Plus, you can create custom groups to ensure that you don’t miss what a particular set of friends has to say. You can create custom columns to search for specific trends, too, but unfortunately there’s no way to see everything that’s currently trending on Twitter.

But TweetDeck for the iPhone hasn’t lived up to its hype. The app has annoying kinks: I found the updating and sending speeds too inconsistent and there were many mysterious disappearances of tweets and @replies.

If you’re a desktop TweetDeck user, I won’t have to convince you to give the iPhone app a try. Sync it with your iPhone or iPod Touch and seamlessly transfer all your settings and groups. And TweetDeck’s price is right: free.

But for me, TweetDeck’s inconsistencies were too much to overcome.

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Kathryn Swartz

Kathryn Swartz is a freelance writer/editor who doesn't know how people lived pre iPhone. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism.

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