For several weeks now, I’ve been using the third-party Twitter client Seesmic Desktop to manage my Twitter engagement. I actually migrated from TweetDeck, a platform I never thought I’d leave. But just as I was wondering if I’d made the right decision, Seesmic released a few key updates yesterday that address specific areas I think were sorely lacking just a few days ago. If you’re unfamiliar with Seesmic (or third-party apps in general), watch this video to get up to speed before reading on.
The most glaring shortcoming in the Seesmic Preview version I was previously running was the inability to push out tweets to multiple Twitter accounts at the same time. Also missing was the option to send updates to your Twitter and Facebook accounts simultaneously. I didn’t consider the latter a big deal in that there are so many other ways to successfully tie in Twitter updates to your Facebook status if you choose.
I do, however, have the need to sometimes push the same tweet to both my personal account and my company account. One of the best options I’d found was Splitweet. Splitweet works wonderfully and does a great job of allowing you to monitor your multiple Twitter accounts alongside your Brand’s mentions all on the same page. The main drawback, at least for me, is it’s Twitter only.
Third-party clients like TweetDeck and Seesmic combine the ability to monitor not only multiple Twitter accounts but your Facebook stream as well. Again, though, the major shortcoming was not being able to update multiple accounts at the same time. That has now changed.
Yesterday, Seesmic e-mailed this update to TeamSeesmic Friends:
I’m happy to let you know that we are releasing a new version of Seesmic Desktop, Version 0.3 RC or 0.3 Release Candidate. This version is being released to our TeamSeesmic members for the next few days to review a couple of big features and get your feedback.
Some of my favorite features included in this new version (from the Seesmic e-mail):
Multi-Account Posting with Smart Account Enabling:
We’ve upgraded the user interface to select which accounts to send posts to, saving you the time and effort it takes to post to each account separately. We’ve also added an option for Smart Account Enabling. With this feature turned on, this will allow Seesmic Desktop to change accounts when messaging your friends based on whom you are replying or direct messaging to. Seesmic will not change the accounts if you do not enable Smart Account.
Continued UI modifications, enhancements and fixes:
We’ve made continued modifications to the Seesmic Desktop user interface saving time when using Seesmic Desktop and space when reading your stream.
-Enabling replies in your Facebook friends’ avatar to quickly add comments
-Inline reminders of what account you are posting from
-An added “Cancel” button to erase your messages in the message panel
-Updated scrolling arrows for enhanced browsing
-Ensuring all replies appear in your integrated timeline
If I could add two things to the updates that I still miss (and love about TweetDeck), it would be the auto complete feature and the ability to search within a specific Twitter stream.
Type in a user’s Twitter handle, and TweetDeck will fill in the name for you if it’s someone you follow (much like some e-mail programs will do when typing someone’s name in the “To:” field). TweetDeck also allows you to search by username or search term within a specific Twitter account or Group you’ve set up. Very cool. Hopefully Seesmic will be able to add these features someday.
Finally, this video from Seesmic includes a complete overview of yesterday’s updates: