Tag: Twitter apps

The Owl is now on your iPhone

December 13, 2009 | By | Reply More

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I’m not really a big HootSuite fan but this news might be very well expected as apps continue to invade the iPhone. A few days ago, HootSuite Twitter app has finally reached the iPhone users via the iTunes store.

HootSuite

HootSuite

HootSuite for iPhone boasts in being the first Twitter application that lets you view your stats, schedule tweets ahead of time, send messages to multiple accounts, import lists, upload and share photos using ow.ly, get an overview of the current trends and a lot more.

Watch the video below to get a glimpse on how it works on your iPhone.

The Buggy Seesmic for Windows

November 26, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

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After the most recent newsletter from Seesmic being able to fix the bug regarding the download link which initially didn’t work, finally I was able to get my hands on this application that has been on the hype since its release.

Seesmic for Windows User Menu

Seesmic for Windows User Menu

Well, Seesmic for Windows is not at all surprising, if you’re familiar with the desktop app and the web app, you really won’t find much of a difference. The interface is very similar—extensible tabs, status update field is there and now with integrated Twitter lists, account activities like mentions, @replies, DMs, RTs and sent items are all there. Don’t be a little excited though because the shrink text feature isn’t there.

The only addition is that it works with Windows 7 but the user interface doesn’t have much to show. I’d rather not use this in place of Seesmic for Desktop and if I’m mobile, I’d surely choose Seesmic Web instead.

Seesmic for Windows is a bit buggy. It freezes occasionally when it updates the tweets and when that happens while you’re typing your status update then you may have to pause and wait until it fixes itself.

A few things I’ve noticed though is that the gear like icon which was supposed to show unfollow and follow feature as well as grouping feature is totally unusable. I don’t know if it was just me but I tried clicking on it on different occasions but to no avail. If you wanted to follow or unfollow somebody, you may have to click the username of the person and the app will open up your browser and you must login to the website in order to complete such a small task.

Opening profiles is rather easy however there’s no place within the profile to send a direct message to the person even though you know that person follows you back or be it a mention to a complete stranger.

It’s not at all very useful if we’re to base the main reason why anyone would want to use this program instead of going to Twitter.com. Unless these bugs can be fixed, then users will have the reason to choose either the Adobe Air based desktop app or this Windows based application.

You may or may not have the same observations as mine but your comments are all welcome.

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.

Tweetboard: Engaging Twitter Conversations for your Website

June 30, 2009 | By | Reply More

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One of the most engaging Twitter application that I have used so far was the newly developed Tweetboard, a micro-forum type application that can be integrated into your website which pulls your Twitter stream in real-time (with maximum of one minute delay). Tweetboard reformats tweets into threaded conversations including those that spun off the original conversation giving your site’s visitors full perspective of what’s being discussed thereby engaging your website visitors to join in. Everytime a visitor posts or a reply via your Tweetboard, a linkback is appended to their tweet thereby creating viral stream of Twitter traffic.

Tweetboard on Software Critics

Tweetboard on Software Critics

Tweetboard Alpha (being on its Alpha testing phase) can be integrated into your website by simply placing a piece of javascript code above the </body> tag or normally where Google Analytics tracker are placed. Tweetboard at the time of writing is giving out “instant Alpha invites” however a confirmation reply is required to be able to use the application.

The rise of Tweetboard as a promising Twitter application revolutionizes the way Twitter conversations can be streamlined on a larger scale through websites or blogs and this redefines the essence tweets on a more personal level.