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Seesmic versus TweetDeck: Which is better?

July 8, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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Having used TweetDeck for more than a couple of months left me an impression that the app was good and served its purpose. It’s simple easy-to-use interface can hook any newbie user to engage in its features and functionality. There’s a lot of promise to this Twitter application being on beta version, it worked well more that I’ve expected.

TweetDeck

TweetDeck

Yesterday when I tried to use the program, something just went wrong; it gave me an error message stating that I need to check my firewall settings because it’s blocking the program. It shouldn’t be a problem because I’ve just used the program few hours ago.

A little panicky that I am, I uninstalled TweekDeck v.0.26 from my PC. I even checked Adobe Air (which makes it possible to run) for possible updates. Getting any result to no avail, I decided to search for an alternative Twitter Desktop application that I can use so then came along Seesmic to my rescue.

Seesmic Desktop 0.3 is a Twitter desktop app which runs via Adobe Air platform similar to TweetDeck. Right after installing Seesmic, I run the program and nothing happened. My discovery: my internet connection slowed down upon checking through my LAN connection status. Alright, that speaks for the problem. Now what? I was test driving Seesmic all day and it was impressive. Ok, everybody’s going to say, I got run out of ideas and tried using an old app and making a story out of it. Hang on all right, I’m not yet done. Seesmic may be an old timer but it was stable. It was easier to use because of its friendly-user-interface. The left tab options make it easy to navigate between accounts for multi-account holders, groups, direct messages, @replies, sent messages, and searches. Unlike TweetDeck, Seesmic has the option to detach opened tabs into columns unlike TweetDeck having solely the column feature with a quite annoying rollover tab at the bottom that appears when there are more than three opened columns. Another great deal about Seesmic is the shrink text functionality which allows lengthy messages to fit exactly within the 140 character limit although this may not be quite appealing to some, those who are fond of texting will benefit and praise this feature. I’d suggest not using it for professional conversations since it seems informal. Another nifty feature of this application is the ability to insert pictures and share it on several image sharing services.

It’s not long enough though that I’ve been using this app but it seems that it’s beginning to capture my interest. Now, do you want me to tell you the other reason why I switched from TweetDeck to Seesmic? I’ve never seen such a vague feedback forum my entire life than what I’ve seen with TweetDeck. The site’s background as you can see in the photo below was not enticing being dark.

TweetDeck Feedback Forum

TweetDeck Feedback Forum

At first glance, you might wonder what site you’re on or what the search field is for but neither of the sections below it can give you a hint. Sending email over their support group isn’t worthwhile either because I didn’t get a reply yet at this time of writing.

Having a great application doesn’t come with having a great place for support so they should realize that navigating webpages dedicated for customer issues (this applies to all) should be easy and clearly labeled. Webpages that are supposedly designed for people seeking help and assistance should be their ultimate priority to keep their users or customers from leaving.

Anyway, I’m happy now and I’m positive that somehow things may change for the better. I’m still eyeing on Seesmic for some things that I can discover at a later time though. How about you? Are you satisfied with TweetDeck? What can you say about Seesmic? Which one do you think is better?

Seesmic Desktop Update: 12Jul09

Seesmic Desktop 0.4 was launched with exciting enhancements such as:

  • Single column and multi-column mode switching ability wherein in a single column mode, you can keep your stream compact and use the sidebar to toggle between accounts, userlist and searches which can be seen on the Seesmic Web functionality.
  • The ability to set fixed-width for the detached columns is made possible.
  • Collapsible and expandable sidebar using an added a button for viewing view and managing your streams.
  • An updated API usage control, added options for timeline limits and improved optimizations for performance are also some of the value-added enhancements.

Watch the new Seesmic Desktop 0.4 in action in this post, “Seesmic Web: Streaming tweets the Seesmic-way on the internet.”

Update 21Jul09

After two weeks of testing Seesmic Desktop including version 0.4, I’ve decided to switch back to TweetDeck v0.26.4. Why?

The tab options on Seesmic are okay but at times, its annoying. Everytime I start the app, I normally see the old messages in the column which I have no option but to leave up to but it mixes up with the new updates so I find it unsuitable. Whenever I scroll each Seesmic column, it was always a mess, it freezes most of the time. Lastly, it caused me so much trouble in following anyone because the API requests that you can do with the application is uncontrollable. I can’t see anywhere in the application to control API requests so what happened to me was a complete disaster. I cannot follow anyone for days because as per Twitter, I’ve requested so much API. I know that there has been a bug going on about failing to follow anyone on Twitter but I suspect that too many API requests can lead to it.