The features are great but while I admire the team at Tweet Deck’s willingness to innovate, there comes a time when you’ve got to stop adding features and start to refine the ones you already have.
- Popup alerts (that you can switch off) for account actions, mentions, search tags
- Easy retweeting, replying
- Multiple account posting / tracking
- Includes Facebook and Myspace interaction
- Auto shortening of URL links
Not so good features.
- The Tech-gamer interface makes it comparatively hard to read compared to others
- Chews your CPU (on a 2ghz MacBookPro it fluctuates between 10 – 15% of your CPU whilst idling). In layman this means, “makes your computer slow”. Annoyingly slow.
These are two key hitches with Tweetdeck that really need to be addressed:
The functionality is great but they need to focus on the application’s interface (its aesthetics),and its usability if they want to attract the non-geek general public. I would suggest ditching the black/grey in exchange for some white, tweaking the font to make it more readable, giving the tweets some more space to breath, and adding in a bit of colour variation. With these few changes I think they’d have an awesome product they could possibly even charge for.
Come to think of that, would you pay for the mack-daddy of social media interfaces? Something that handled everything and was ridiculously easy to use?