New Tweetdeck version puts Twitter on crack, brings in YouTube and Flickr

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There remains an ongoing desktop Twitter application war. Traditionally Tweetdeck and Seesmic have been at loggerheads for the lion share, although Tweetdeck has remained in the lead so far. Increasingly it appears that Seesmic is heading towards trying to be a much more mainstream application, for anyone on any platform, from celebs to your non-tech friends. But for power Twitter users, Tweetdeck seems to be the go-to app so far. Of course, all that can change, but that seems to be the landscape at the moment.

Just now Tweetdeck has released the latest version of its desktop Air application, this one is v0.33. It’s available right now as a manual download here. Existing Tweedeck users will get an auto upgrade in the next few days.

For uber-Tweetdeck users (like social media experts, as we know) Tweetdeck can get pretty long as they plug in every search term they can think of to avert that client disaster (Eurostar, we’re looking at you). So there are a bunch of new features which extend the app quite a bit and greatly enhance its speed of access to the Twitter firehose.

The new Column Navigator feature, at the bottom of the screen, shows a representation of all your columns and allows you to navigate around them quickly by simply clicking. Over that bar is information like the time remaining before a column refreshes and the current level of API calls remaining.

You can now view more photos and videos inside TweetDeck, meaning that for some users Tweetdeck is going to start being the way they interface with rich media. Clicking on links to Youtube videos will now show the video in a TweetDeck preview window. Flickr image links will also now open in a preview, along with pictures from Posterous, Mobypicture and Twitgoo. Users can also upload to Mobypicture.

In other words, heavy Tweetdeck users are going to start finding they use their browser less to upload media to Twiter apps.

Other changes:

• Search columns are improved with an increased ability to edit the definition of the search terms.

• A new help screen allows access to “getting started” videos, ideal for new users, alongside a search box which accesses the FAQ forum.

• There are a number of other improvements to the UI and under the hood.

• Tweetdeck says is also progressing its plans to hit other mobile platforms (read Android)

• One to watch is the increasing importance of the TweetDeck Directory which contains now thousands of Twitter Lists.

Underlying all these feature changes is a much bigger issue however.

At Le Web Ryan Sarver from the Platform Team at Twitter announced the imminent availability of an increased API rate limit for those applications accessing the API using a method called OAuth.

Thus, the major element of this release is that TweetDeck can now offer the increased level of API calls available to oAuth applications (it does oAuth in the background). This is currently 350 calls per hour. In addition, the application now autoscales, so that when Twitter unleashes the 1500 calls per hour Tweetdeck will give you all those calls.

This version of TweetDeck v0.33 now accesses the API using OAuth in the background. That means it can take advantage of this increased API limit. So the new limit is 350 calls per hour, and this is likely to increase. There is also automatic intelligent API management option for applicatinos plugging in to Tweetdeck.

That will mean greater flexibility in configuring the application without needing to worry about running out of API calls.

  • joebrooks

    1500 Oauth pings per hour… I’m in for two!

    • http://twi5.com Nischal Shetty

      And the two apps would fight for a long time to come. It wud be interesting to see who wins, the focused TweetDeck or Seesmic with every variety of app available!

  • Seanrwcrawford

    Frankly I can think of nothing I’d like them to add more than a smooth scrolling feature.

  • http://twazzup.com Cyril

    Nice update!
    For those looking for a great web-based alternative, check out the new twazzup social reader. Here are some invites to twazzup private beta: http://beta.twazzup.com/invite/34zq

  • chavez

    So things work better while being on Crack?

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Don’t tell me you’re the last to know?

    • anderson

      Of course they do! Just dont install things on pot…. those will fuckup your computer.

  • Loic

    Nicely done Tweetdeck! I’m so tired of Loic’s self-promotion and insider status. Looking forward to Tweetdeck wiping the floor with Seesmic.

  • Bruno

    I wish they didn’t have removed the group feature. Lists sucks!

  • neil roseman

    Hmm, does this mean that twitter (or tweetedeck) is “extremely aggressive, paranoid and/or delusional” (http://health.howstuffworks.com/crack4.htm).

    isn’t this tired, and overworked metaphor due for a rest? plus, it doesn’t even make sense in this case. c’mon Mr Butcher, write a real headline!

    • http://twitter.com/mikebutcher Mike Butcher

      Speed? Yeah you’re right, it should have been Speed. Or caffeine. Whatever. I was in a hurry.

  • http://twitter.com/mickmel Mickey

    It’s still baffling me that this is a “Tweetdeck vs. Seesmic” battle, when Sobees is still the best client out there for power users.

    I have a variety of lists, and I keep a laptop on the side of my desk for my Twitter client (screen resolution of 1377×768). On Seesmic I can fit four columns on the screen. With Tweetdeck I can about 4-1/4 columns on the screen (in “narrow” mode). With Sobees I can fit all 7, and could squeeze more in there if I wanted; every column can be manually resized, and you can vertically stack them if you want.

    Granted, Sobees isn’t as polished as Tweetdeck (images and videos open in the browser), but it’s nice to have my entire view visible at once without having to scroll back and forth.

    It’s not necessarily the best client for everyone, but I fail to see why it’s never in the discussion.

  • firemansam

    ok i’ll be the typo nazi today, but Twitter firehouse? what the hell is the firehouse? or you meant firehose? it’s just that i’ve seen the same wording on TC a bunch of time, and it’s getting annoying, unless i’m missing the meaning?

  • http://www.octechonophile.com david amodt

    pretty slick. always a great tool.

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  • http://insurancemarketinghq.com Nictator

    I’ve been loyal to d Seesmic since the first version but it’ll be tough to stay away from
    Tweetdeck after all this API and navigational slickness. Although Seesmic did get the jump on Droid apps, they’ve got some catching up to do.

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  • John Barker

    I can’t do AIR apps. Much prefer native applications like Tweetie or Echofon. Seesmic, Tweetdeck, etc. all still fill too much like a web-browser to me.

  • http://www.natfinn.com/ blues book finn

    has either of them integrated ping.fm yet?

    the first to do so wins my business.

    otherwise, hootsuite for life

  • Steve

    “Tweetdeck seems to be go-to app so far” – What? Wrong!

    http://www.hootsuite.com

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  • Rochelle Booker

    There are many more twitter services than just those two. Sobees is fantastic.

  • http://jeffthegreat.blogspot.com Jmartens

    I gave up Tweetdeck a few weeks ago because I would run out of API calls without having done much of anything. Might give it a try again since the OAuth feature gives more API calls.

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    I am with TwitBird Pro..10 times better than Tweetdeck..

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  • Timmeh

    Revenue stream? (serious)

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