Seesmic Desktop for Twitter Management

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If you’re even a semi frequent twitter user, you’ve probably heard or maybe even use a 3rd party desktop application to manage your twitter account – I mean, going to twitter.com to tweet is so very last month.

I’ve been using tweetdeck so far because it allows you to create groups and searches as columns and then effectively respond to twitter from a dashboard on your laptop. I can’t really imagine using twitter any other way now. tweetdeck, however causes some folks some heartburn because it seems to be a bit of a resource hog.

This week I started to play with another desktop entry called Seesmic Desktop and I have to tell you there are some features I think I’m going to like.

seesmic desktop

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Here are some of the features that I think make it stand out.

Left hand sidebar makes navigation great

With an entire suite of information nested in the sidebar of navigation you can jump around from account to account, search to search and userlist to userlist without opening up a giant screen and scroll routine. Any search or group you click on comes front and center.

Multiple accounts in one window

Let’s face it, there are lots of reason to have and manage more than one twitter account – business or personal, customer service and sales, etc. With Seesmic you just click from account to account and view and respond.

Userlists in a list

Seesmic calls groups userlists and userlists are a great way to manage. You can put family members in one list, workers in another, must reads in another and then, again with the sidebar pick a list to read.

Search on the fly adds a search list

Create any search and it’s saved as a search list, you can click on the list in the sidebar and it jumps first in line. I know this sounds simple but it’s a big time and desktop space saver.

Sent category

I guess this goes back to my email days, but I can’t tell you how many times I find a contact or trail of messages by looking in my sent box. Seesmic has the ability to show you tweets you sent as replies or DMs.

In the course of discussing this app with some folks on twitter I was also told to check out
Destroytwitter (unfortunate name if you ask me)
Nambu

The race is certainly on to evolve the perfect social media desktop tool so many of these will come and go and eventually act as tools to engage all forms of social media.

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  1. Good write-up, John. Always love your stuff.

    I’ve been experimenting with Seesmic Desktop for about a week. There are definitely some features I love. The attractive interface, search feature, groups, and navigation are all great values.

    The downsides are that I still don’t see a way to follow someone with a single click and it’s still a memory-hogging application.

    All told, though, I like Seesmic Desktop, if for no other reason than it puts a little competitive pressure on Tweetdeck. Innovation should get more lively from here.

  2. Good write-up, John. Always love your stuff.

    I've been experimenting with Seesmic Desktop for about a week. There are definitely some features I love. The attractive interface, search feature, groups, and navigation are all great values.

    The downsides are that I still don't see a way to follow someone with a single click and it's still a memory-hogging application.

    All told, though, I like Seesmic Desktop, if for no other reason than it puts a little competitive pressure on Tweetdeck. Innovation should get more lively from here.

  3. I’m using Seesmic at the moment and I have to say I far prefer it to Tweetdeck.

    One of the big pluses for me (which you didn’t mention) is the lack of API limits. Whether this is just a beta plus point or not, it’s a key tool over Tweetdeck.

    The one thing that’s irking me at the minute is that the Userlists don’t save when you close down. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

  4. I'm using Seesmic at the moment and I have to say I far prefer it to Tweetdeck.

    One of the big pluses for me (which you didn't mention) is the lack of API limits. Whether this is just a beta plus point or not, it's a key tool over Tweetdeck.

    The one thing that's irking me at the minute is that the Userlists don't save when you close down. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

  5. I’m using Seesmic about 90% of the time that I’m on Twitter. There are times, however, when I need to follow or unfollow someone, and I have no choice but to either go through the Twitter webpage or go through TweetDeck.

    I also prefer to use Hootlet to tweet interesting articles or webpages because they shorten the URL, but they also take the title with the shortened URL.

    It seems that the Seesmic developers are responsive and trying to respond to user’s feedback, so I’ll stick with it for now. It’s a bit cleaner-running to me than TweetDeck.

  6. I'm using Seesmic about 90% of the time that I'm on Twitter. There are times, however, when I need to follow or unfollow someone, and I have no choice but to either go through the Twitter webpage or go through TweetDeck.

    I also prefer to use Hootlet to tweet interesting articles or webpages because they shorten the URL, but they also take the title with the shortened URL.

    It seems that the Seesmic developers are responsive and trying to respond to user's feedback, so I'll stick with it for now. It's a bit cleaner-running to me than TweetDeck.

  7. I agree with RKW, the unfollow/follow requirement meant that I had to go back to Tweetdeck although I like the interface of Seesmic better but after trying both, I find Tweetdeck slightly more user friendly but I am sure Seesmic will catch up and when they do, I will use that instead.

  8. I agree with RKW, the unfollow/follow requirement meant that I had to go back to Tweetdeck although I like the interface of Seesmic better but after trying both, I find Tweetdeck slightly more user friendly but I am sure Seesmic will catch up and when they do, I will use that instead.

  9. Unfortunately both tweetdeck and seesmic take a lot of resources – my computer is slowing to a crawl when I run either one. I’m upgrading my computer next month – I’ll try it again then. thanks

  10. Unfortunately both tweetdeck and seesmic take a lot of resources – my computer is slowing to a crawl when I run either one. I'm upgrading my computer next month – I'll try it again then. thanks

  11. For everyone disappointed in Seesmic Desktop’s lack of follow/unfollow button —

    You can do this through Twitter’s built-in text commands from within Seesmic Desktop. Simply type “Follow username” into Seesic’s status update bar (replacing “username” with the real person’s username, of course).

    Here’s a complete list of Twitter’s text commands:
    http://www.splitbrain.org/blog/2008-01/22-list_of_twitter_commands

    All of these should work from within Seesmic.

    1. Hi Jaime,

      Not sure what version of Seesmic Desktop you’re using, but you can Follow/Unfollow direct from the app. Also, block and report spam. The latest build is v.05, you might want to check – even the two previous versions had Follow/Unfollow built in.

  12. For everyone disappointed in Seesmic Desktop's lack of follow/unfollow button —

    You can do this through Twitter's built-in text commands from within Seesmic Desktop. Simply type “Follow username” into Seesic's status update bar (replacing “username” with the real person's username, of course).

    Here's a complete list of Twitter's text commands:
    http://www.splitbrain.org/blog/2008-01/22-list_

    All of these should work from within Seesmic.

    1. Hi Jaime,

      Not sure what version of Seesmic Desktop you're using, but you can Follow/Unfollow direct from the app. Also, block and report spam. The latest build is v.05, you might want to check – even the two previous versions had Follow/Unfollow built in.

  13. I have been using tweetdeck and agree that a left bar navigation would be more user friendly for me. I want to try Hootsuite as well, but seem to have problems each time on the down load. Seismic sounds worth a try.

    Another tool I use for tracking (not posting exactly) comments and tweets would be Xeesm.com which is a social relationship manager. Its in Beta right now, but with it I can keep all my social media links in one place, I can sign my comments with it and find all my comments on blogs, articles and ezines posts. The future expansion of this SRM would be something to pay attention to.

    Wendy Soucie
    http://www.xeesm.com/wendysoucie

  14. I have been using tweetdeck and agree that a left bar navigation would be more user friendly for me. I want to try Hootsuite as well, but seem to have problems each time on the down load. Seismic sounds worth a try.

    Another tool I use for tracking (not posting exactly) comments and tweets would be Xeesm.com which is a social relationship manager. Its in Beta right now, but with it I can keep all my social media links in one place, I can sign my comments with it and find all my comments on blogs, articles and ezines posts. The future expansion of this SRM would be something to pay attention to.

    Wendy Soucie
    http://www.xeesm.com/wendysoucie

  15. I have been using tweetdeck and agree that a left bar navigation would be more user friendly for me. I want to try Hootsuite as well, but seem to have problems each time on the down load. Seismic sounds worth a try.

    Another tool I use for tracking (not posting exactly) comments and tweets would be Xeesm.com which is a social relationship manager. Its in Beta right now, but with it I can keep all my social media links in one place, I can sign my comments with it and find all my comments on blogs, articles and ezines posts. The future expansion of this SRM would be something to pay attention to.

    Wendy Soucie
    http://www.xeesm.com/wendysoucie

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