TweetDeck Does More Than Just Tweet

I’ve used TweetDeck for more than a year now. I dig it. Today I discovered that my install hasn’t been updated in some unknown period of time. I decided to manually update the version and, apparently, a LOT has happened since my last refresh. (I went from v0.30.5 to v0.32.6.) If you haven’t started using TweetDeck yet (or updated for awhile), now’s the time to jump in.

Why? Well, TweetDeck has been able to handle multiple Twitter accounts for some time. Very convenient for me as I can update @drewmehl and @binarypulse from one dashboard. A few months back, they threw in Facebook status updates. Today’s update revealed that you can not only add your MySpace account (if you’re so inclined), but LinkedIn and, what I really got into, your Facebook Fan Page…not just your personal account.

So now, one tweet can automatically post to both Twitter accounts, my LinkedIn profile, my Facebook Wall and the Binary Pulse Facebook Fan Page. You can update all at once or pick just the accounts you want — it’s up to you. You can also track Direct Messages, Mentions and a bunch of other stuff…all in a pretty handy columnar fashion. You’ll probably want to turn off visual Notifications or you’ll be distracted every five seconds by Tweets flashing across your screen. (The more people you follow, the more likely you are to develop ADD after using TweetDeck.)

At its core, TweetDeck does a really elegant job of helping you manage multiple accounts without having to open multiple browser windows, enter multiple passwords, and waste a ton of time. Great tool to help you stay on top of your burgeoning social graph. A must-have.

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