Over the holidays I installed TweetDeck for my MBP and TwitterFon for my iPhone which in turn made Twitter more interesting to me. I’ve been going through cycles with Twitter where it’s been more social, switched over for some sort of info gathering, switched over again for blog content, switched over as an experiment – you get the idea. Exploring different reason to blast something out on Twitter. As a point of reference this post kind of sums up the framework that Twitter created that allowed for TweetDeck and TwitterFon: The irrestistible future of organizing: think of brand as a living system.
If you’re not familiar w/ TweetDeck, it’s a desktop application that refreshes in pretty close to real time. It’s a constant update and flow. It was pretty overwhelming for the first couple of days trying to keep up. That real time flow for me was fascinating to watch, similar to when Twitter set up that live election Topic Feed. Before installing TweetDeck I was somewhat selective with my sources b/c it’s pretty hard to follow 1000’s of feeds in one stream. The great thing about TD is you can create list filters. What that means is I can create a stream that just flows people I know, another that’s just news and another that is everyone. Down the road I’ll probably create a couple more focused filters, but at the moment what I have works for me. Especially the news feed. The constant flow of headlines is great for a news junky like myself. Collecting that list was a bit of a pain, I kind of wished I had come across this wiki that list an enormous list of Journalists, Bloggers & Media Outlets on Twitter before I started. There’s a couple clunky things with TD, especially the scroll buttons. They’re not bug enough for me to drag, but as a stream system it’s pretty useful.
My Twitter app of the moment for my iPhone TwitterFon. It’s got a pretty nice UI with some simple but effective sections. There’s the main window for content flow, but the greatness is how you can find more info off of one tweet. The biggest failure so far with apps that have a UI for the iPhone is the lack of being able to dig deeper into one particular section. If I click on one particular tweet there’s as many useful options as if I had full openess on my MBP. Actually, I think TwitterFon has a better UI than Twitter itself. Nice additions include geo tagging and allowing to attach images. It’s actually more work to do the same thing on a laptop. Who knew that a mobile app could make things easier than it’s laptop counterpart. I could go on, but I think the above screen shots give you the idea.