Posts Tagged ‘TweetDeck’

Why using a free Twitter dashboard like TweetDeck may not be right for you (video)

I know a lot of heavy Twitter users rely on free social media management applications like TweetDeck or HootSuite.

However, I switched to a premium app last year and highly recommend it. I tried using TweetDeck, but because so many other people use it, too (after all: it’s free!) I just couldn’t rely on it. If you monitor conversations on Twitter, you’ll see complaints about TweetDeck every day.

(And HootSuite has already launched a paid premium version of their service; paid services are the way of the future if these developers ever hope to make a return on their investments.)

Anyway, MarketMeSuite has just released some user stats, to give you an idea of how popular it is getting:

“The subscription-only service, which enables subscribers to manage their marketing campaigns on Twitter and Facebook from an intuitive desktop application, has seen growth top 500% in the last 6 months and is currently growing by 30% month on month.


How to choose and manage secure passwords

Every day brings a scary new story about online subscribers, commenters and shoppers getting their “secret” passwords stolen, and even exposed to the world.

In an embarrassing development, some users who consider themselves internet savvy were hardest hit in late 2010:

Readers of Gizmodo, Lifehacker and other Gawker Media sites may be among the savviest on the Web, but the most common password for logging into those sites is embarrassingly easy to guess: “123456.” So is the runner-up: “password.

Choosing and managing safe, secure passwords seems like a pain, but it is easier than you might think.

Christopher S. Penn offers some timely tips:


How to get lifetime access to my favorite Twitter tool — for a one-time only price

A short time ago, MarketMeSuite — see how much I like this Twitter tool here and here — announced they were no longer offering their greatest deal: the $99 Lifetime membership.

Today they announced that they’re bringing it back, for a very limited time.

I bought a Lifetime membership to MarketMeSuite a long time ago.

I switched to MarketMeSuite after using its free rival, TweetDeck; unfortunately, TweetDeck kept crashing on me during the World Cup, with Twitter traffic was at a high. I use Twitter for business, and literally can’t afford to use a Twitter client that isn’t reliable.

With everything from Black Friday to the Royal Wedding coming up, I expect users of (free) TweetDeck will experience more outages. Meanwhile, I’ll be happily staying on top of everything with MarketMeSuite.

If you’ve used HootSuite or TweetDeck, then the MarketMeSuite interface will seem very familiar to you, except it has more features.


Twitter clients and apps: two quick Twitter tool tips

One: I know some of you don’t like the new version of the TweetAdder application, but as I’ve said before, I haven’t experienced any of the problems I keep hearing about.

However, the other day I did notice that some TweetAdder functions — especially the precious “Followers Of A User” function — weren’t working. I didn’t even get an error message; they just sat there, not working.

As you may know, one of the tried and true ways to get more followers on Twitter is to check out the followers of someone else on Twitter. Ideally, that “someone else” is a person in your field, and whose interests and specialties overlap with yours.

When you “follow their followers,” those followers are more likely to follow you back. After all, you both already have common interests.


Best Twitter client gets better: new pricing, free blog hosting

My favorite Twitter client, MarketMeSuite, just announced new pricing for their terrific enterprise level Twitter management application.

I’ve used MarketMeSuite to manage multiple Twitter accounts (my own and my clients’.)

I’m not exaggerating when I say that I can’t live without it.

MarketMeSuite has features no other Twitter client application has, especially the free ones like TweetDeck, which are less robust or versatile.

Today MarketMeSuite announced a NEW lower price structure:

  • Monthly: almost free at $5.99 a month
  • Yearly: $59 a year (14 day money back guarantee)
  • Lifetime: $99 one-time (30 day money back guarantee)

After trying out MarketMeSuite, I came to rely on it. So I purchased a Lifetime license, which paid for itself quickly in terms of my own personal efficiency and my ability to manage my clients’ social media accounts. (MarketMeSuite lets you manage Twitter AND Facebook all from one interface!)


New Twitter iPhone app: beta testers wanted for Twitter iPad, iPhone application

Of all the Twitter clients I’ve used, like TweetDeck, the one I prefer is MarketMeSuite.

One problem with MarketMeSuite is that it doesn’t have an iPad or iPhone application.

But that’s about to change.

They just revealed the screenshots for the upcoming iPad/iPhone version of their Twitter/Facebook account management software.

This new iPhone app is scheduled to be released before the end of the year.

CLICK HERE and sign up as a beta tester in the comments.


Tuesday Twitter news: OAuth and that fake TweetDeck update

You may have seen tweets and blog posts about something called OAuth, with an August 31 deadline (that’s today!). What are people talking about?

The best source of information about OAuth is Twitter itself. At their official blog, they write:

“If you are like most Twitter  users, you have used use a third-party Twitter application to read or send Tweets.

“As of August 31, Twitter applications will all use OAuth, an authentication method that lets you use apps without them storing your password.

“The move to OAuth will mean increased security and a better experience. Applications won’t store your username and password, and if you change your password, applications will continue to work.

With OAuth, you still individually approve each application before using it, and you can revoke access at any time.


Twitter’s about to get even faster. Can you keep up?

This week, Twitter unleashed something called its “streaming API” to a limited number of users.

What does that mean?

Well, it means that pretty soon, Twitter will be getting A LOT faster.

If you’re like me and use a desktop Twitter client/app like TweetDeck or MarketMeTweet, right now those applications are only allowed to update at limited intervals. You may have noticed that you don’t get to see “mentions” or “DMs” as quickly as you’d like, because it takes time to reload and all these apps are competing with each other.

Twitter’s new streaming API is designed to make everything in your MarketMeTweet or TweetDeck panes update immediately.

“No more refreshing,” explains Steve Spillman at RE:TWEET. “Everything just updates constantly, in real time.”

Right now, only select users of TweetDeck and Echofon (like Spillman!) are enjoying (and/or coping with) this faster Twitter experience, but eventually it will be rolled out to the rest of us.


You won’t pay for Twitter — but what about apps?

It was news that wasn’t really “news”: a survey showing that zero percent of people (that’s right: ZERO percent) wouldn’t pay for Twitter.

I’m not sure I buy that. For years, “people” said “other people” would never pay for TV, either.

(Have you seen your cable or satellite bill lately — or like me, are you too afraid to open it…?)

Anyway: Darren Rowse of ProBlogger took up the subject of “free” today and talked about “5 Tools I Am Willing to Pay for [And Recommend] to Improve My Blogs.”

I’ll be checking them out shortly. His ideas tend to be really good.

I switched from some free Twitter apps to paid ones because for me, they are a business expense.

When (free) TweetDeck was crashing every five minutes during the World Cup, I was happily (and smugly) responding using MarketMeTweet that I wasn’t noticing any down time.


FREE trial of MarketMeTweet, the multi-featured Twitter client

Just announced as of July 22, 2010:

For a very limited time, you can try my favorite Twitter client, MarketMeTweet, for FREE.

CLICK HERE for all the details and sign up while you can.


Why isn’t MarketMeTweet free, like Tweetdeck and some other Twitter clients?

One reason is because they let you “brand” yourself. Only MarketMeTweet lets you own that tiny but precious “via” spot on every tweet you send out. See the graphic below?

That’s an example of a tweet sent from MarketMeTweet.

Now, normally you’d see something like “via Tweetdeck” or “via HootSuite” in the lower right part of your message, and anyone who clicked that link would be taken that site. Not surprisingly, companies like HootSuite want to keep that “branding real estate” for themselves.

But with MarketMeTweet, you get to own and name that link.