Tweetdeck adds Foursquare for location based updates

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TweetDeck, the popular Adobe Air desktop app for social networks (though an HTML5 version is on the way), has now integrated Foursquare into its latest release. The move represents the latest from the startup to grab the “social dashboard” crown against the likes of Seesmic and others, although Tweetdeck seems to be heading towards a kind of “Pro User” space more than anything else.

Now, adding your Foursquare account into Tweetdeck adds a location column. This has the handy benefit that Foursquare tweets can now be filtered out of your “All Friends” twitter column. A lot of people will probably welcome this as they tend to polute Twitter rather than adding anything to it. Now, the location column has a map button at the bottom. Clicking on this lets you view a live map of friends checking into Foursquare. Tweetdeck plans to extend this map shortly to be available in a separate view on a check-in item in the location column.

And if your Foursquare friends have connected their Twitter or Facebook accounts then you can mouse over their avatar and reply to them via wither of those networks, DM them, email them, check yourself into the location, add a location tip or get directions to where your friend is. Pretty neat.

In addition TweetDeck is now much more location aware. So if you have added location to your Twitter and/or have added a Foursquare account, you can click on a new location pin icon from a previously used Foursquare venue or twitter “place” to your status update.

You can also use your laptop to check in in the same way that you’d use your mobile phone. You do this by clicking on “Set new location” button. This opens a browser window to a special TweetDeck page which grabs your current location (where that is supported by the browser) and then displays nearby Foursquare venues and your coordinates which can be used by twitter. Thus you can check-in to a Foursquare venue and geo-tag your tweets all at the same time.

Interestingly, it’s also possible to schedule a Foursquare check-in for some time in the future using Tweetdeck’s new scheduling service. But that won’t count towards Foursquare points or badges unless you are actually at the venue.

  • Rolando Rodriguez

    sounds great but since I updated, it keeps crashing and crashing… so, I’ll stick to seesmic until the next release.

    • http://twitter.com/xstex Stephen Robinson

      Clearly its a problem other than with tweetdeck if most other peoples are fine, you shouldn’t give up so easily.

    • sel

      Currently foursquare one is starting to dominate the way how you discover geo-targets in USA (using social media and game) This update by tweetdeck is very lucrative for their app.

  • http://www.jayphilips.com Jay Philips

    I upgraded but found that the Foursquare piece doesn’t connect correctly. I put my valid username & password but it keeps telling me its incorrect even thought I login with the same info on FourSquare just fine.

    Other than that it’s all good. I barely ever log into Twitter now since I can do almost everything right from the TweetDeck api.

    • http://twitter.com/xstex Stephen Robinson

      Ask @richardbarley for help, he usually can fix it.

  • mobikeith

    I use 4Square on My Berry to check it. What good is it to be able to check into 4Square from Tweetdeck that sits on my laptop.

    I’m not schlepping my laptop around all day from check-in location to check-in location.

    When Tweetdeck offers a version for my Berry, then maybe I will use Tweetdeck to check into 4Square. But I currently use Ubertwitter on my Berry. And 4Square on my Berry for check-ins.

    What am I missing here?

    • Rolando Rodriguez

      @mobikeith : the new feature is NOT to check-ins, is just a better way to read the updates

      • http://twitter.com/xstex Stephen Robinson

        Actually you can checkin with tweetdeck and yes their is a point because a lot of people use laptops at conferences etc.

      • Rolando Rodriguez

        oh.. I my mistake… I would have noticed if my tweetdeck copy were working but it keeps crashing.. aaagh! AppName: tweetdeck.exe AppVer: 0.0.0.0 ModName: adobe air.dll
        ModVer: 1.5.3.9130 Offset: 0034dd32
        (I have other AIR apps working alright at my desktop), suggestions? anyone?

  • Mike D

    I know it is weird to think this way but seems like I am getting tired of 3rd party apps adding this and that. I am hungry to see some innovation, especially after yesterday’s Disrupt conference.

    It just seems like all these startups are doing the same old boring thing over and over again.

    • http://twitter.com/xstex Stephen Robinson

      What would you suggest can be ‘innovation’ on a desktop client that supports a few social networks, I don’t really understand what you mean.

  • Nathaniel Jackson

    I really love this feature and upgraded the minute I heard FourSquare was connected. However it’s too bad you cannot check-in better through TweetDeck than on the mobile website but I can see the reasons on this.

    Great job TweetDeck team!

    • http://twitter.com/xstex Stephen Robinson

      You can checkin using tweetdeck desktop.

  • Jon

    I wish the column could be made a Foursquare only column (from 4sq API). Currently, it mixes tweets from friends, lists, etc and I’m not particularly interested where all these people are located. Furthermore, if a 4sq friend opts to tweet the check-in, there’s always a duplicate entry in the column.

  • http://favit.com/infographs Marfi

    I’ll skip, waiting for the HTML 5 version

  • Karan Variava

    TweetDeck is a good site but software installation is slow, and providing service is good !!! ;))

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  • http://www.orbitdesignworks.com/ Don Harper

    guys give some more information regard’s TweetDeck

    Thanks in Advance
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  • rose

    What would you suggest can be ‘innovation’ on a desktop client that supports a few social networks, I don’t really understand what you mean.
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  • http://clanrossconcepts.blogspot.com/ Jonny

    Rolando, Stephen I too and several of my Twitter followers have been experiencing similar Tweetdeck problems to the extent that even after crashing the Tweetdeck.exe remains open cannot be killed in Windows XP task manager and only a hard restart resolves the issue. (this isssue reproduces consistently and seems to disrupt the broadband connection until restart)

    Now this may not be Tweetdeck itself but the new delayed Air installer feature however I cannot quantify this without uninstalling, rolling back to theprevious version and reinstalling and unless Tweetdeck is looking to hire me, I’m a little busy looking for an alternative until the defect is resolved.

    Sorry Tweetdeck but this is a “dead-on-arrival” build even if it is for a small percentage of your user base.

    As a QA professional and a Tweetdeck lover I’m going to keep testing

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