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If you hate the new TweetDeck by Twitter, you’ll love this post

Let me make this post short and sweet.

Twitter got it all wrong with their version of TweetDeck. Yuck!

If you feel the same way, and you’d like to use the last version of TweetDeck before Twitter ruined it…


You’ll need Adobe Air installed on your computer.

Make sure you don’t have any other versions of TweetDeck installed when you install this one. You’ll get an error message.

Many thanks to @ChelaBK for sharing this with me, and many thanks to David Amador for sharing this with the world!

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Old Twitter or New Twitter?

Just in case you’re wondering where I stand in this debate, read by January post on the subject.

Feel free to leave a comment, also, if you have more to add to the question!

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NO! It’s not just Twitter

I first published this article back on June 25, 2010, and it’s even more relevant today than it was back then.

If your Twitter profile is set to private, you can ignore this post. It doesn’t apply to you.

If your Twitter profile is public, please take heed. It’s actually something you should seriously consider.

Every time I see a tweet, or someone’s Twitter bio, that says something like, “It’s only Twitter. It’s no big deal,” it makes me itch!

NO! It’s NOT just Twitter!

It’s called the public timeline for a reason.

Every one of your tweets gets a unique identification number and that number, associated with your words, becomes a link on the web. Search engines, like Google, and many third-party Twitter tools use your tweets to create content for their websites.

Do you want the content you create today to be associated with you for years to come?

Try this:

  1. Bring up a search site, like Google or Yahoo! or MSN Search or any other search engine.
  2. Type your Twitter handle (with the @ symbol for one search and without it for another) into the search field.

Unless your Twitter account has been dormant for many months and/or you have never sent out a single tweet, you should see several different sites and applications that have cataloged your tweets.

Notice that your tweets and Twitter handle are being used by others to promote their own agendas. Even television shows are using your tweets to show what people are saying about this or that event or situation. These may be sites you’ve never visited or even heard of, and they may be television shows that you’ve never seen or would never watch.

How can they do this?

They’re taking advantage of the public timeline. Remember that. Twitter is extremely generous with its API, and even a web novice can create a Twitter application, especially when Twitter offers step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process.

Also, keep in mind that Twitter “gifted” the entire Twitter archive to the Library of Congress, and the Library of Congress has been working diligently to make the archive available for research purposes.

So… keep thinking it’s just Twitter and no big deal. Time and history will prove you wrong very soon.

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Tweeting By the Numbers

by-the-numbersAbout a week or so ago, I had a tweeter DM me and ask me what the numbers (letters) represented next to my tweets.

Not too long ago, Twitter stopped allowing duplicate tweets. When I first started doing the Question of the Day back in July 2009, I would tweet the question every hour from 9a to 9p, and it would be the same, exact tweet. About a month or so ago, I tried to do the same thing I’d been doing since July, and Twitter gave me an error message that said “duplicate tweet.”

I did discover that you can send identical tweets as long as there is at least three hours between the previous tweet and the next tweet, but that didn’t serve my purpose.

I tweet the Question of the Day every hour, because different tweeters see it at different times of the day. While the same tweet may be annoying to someone who’s spending every hour on Twitter, some tweeters only see the question once or twice, while others miss all of them, believe it or not.

Anyway, that’s what the numbers (letters) represent. It’s a way for me to distinguish one tweet from another even though all but the number (and URL) is the same content.

Thanks for asking!

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