! TweetDeck Versus Twhirl !Twitter Account Managers
IntroductionTwitter is a great place to start for Social Media because it is extremelyeasy to sign up with fast access to sharing and receiving content!TweetDeck and Twhirl are both free desktop software that allows you tomanage your Twitter (and other Social Media accounts)TweetDeck and Twhirl are compatible with Windows and Mac OSX.TweetDeck and Twhirl allow you to manage multiple Twitter (and otherSocial Media platforms).Now, let’s look at some of the comparisons and contrasts of TweetDeckand Twhirl.
TweetDeck - Setup and InstallTo install TweetDeck, visit tweetdeck.com andclick on the Desktop link. As with a normaldownload, you’ll have the option to Open, Save !or Cancel. Click Open, and TweetDeck willopen automatically once the download iscompleted.When you run TweetDeck for the first time, you’llreceive a “Getting Started” window with somebasic information to assist in setting up youraccount. ! Images: http://www.tweetdeck.com
Twhirl - Setup and InstallTo install Twhirl, visit tweetdeck.org and clickon the Install Now. With Twhirl, once youchoose the default install, it will open !automatically once the install is completed.Once it opens, you can enter your Twitterusername and password to get started! ! Images: http://www.twhirl.org
TweetDeck - Login and TweetThen, you will be prompted to add your Twitteraccount and login.The tweet box will be at the top where you will beable to enter up to 140 characters of “What Are !You Doing?”. Of course, this is the questionthat Twitter asked when it started years ago, andtoday businesses, celebrities and so many othersare using it so different people have differentthings to say. It may not be “What Are You !Doing?”, but may be “What Are You Selling?”or “What Do You Have to Offer?”.The actual post contents is all up to you!NOTE: You have the option to add multiple Images: http://www.tweetdeck.comaccounts.
Twhirl - Login and TweetOnce you login, you can begin tweeting away!You also have the option of adding multipleaccounts, whether they are for yourself or forclients in which you manage their Social Media !campaigns. ! Images: http://www.twhirl.org
Additional ! Add or Change Location Clicking this icon will allow you to pick your physical location from a Google map. A link to this map will be attached to the Tweet you are typing.TweetDeck ! Attach Photos and Videos Tweets with media come alive. Use this icon to add photos and videos to your Tweets. Record Video from your Webcam ! If your computer has a Webcam attached to it, this icon will allow you to Features use it to capture a video and then add it directly to the tweet. ! TweetShrink this Update This service will analyse your Tweet and shorten the total characters used to create it. It will abbreviate and use Twitter slang to reduce your update. Make sure you review the update after TweetShrinking it. ! Translate this Update If your Tweet needs to reach an international audience this icon will analyse your Tweet and translate to a variety of languages. ! Recent Hashtags TweetDeck tracks the hashtags you include in your updates and allows you to reuse them. ! Schedule this Update If you would like your Tweet to be posted when you are not able to use a computer the schedule feature will hold your update until the scheduled time and then post it for you. Images: http://www.tweetdeck.com
Additional Twhirl To view all of the tweets that you have sent. ! Features ! To view all of the direct (private) messages that you have sent.Default Twitter ! Stream View To view all of the tweets that you have marked as a favorite. This is similar to your web browser Bookmarking feature. ! To view all of your friends and followers. Images: http://www.twhirl.org !
Comparison TweetDeck Twhirl✴ Free ✴ Free✴ Desktop Software ✴ Desktop Software✴ Can be used for Twitter as ✴ Can be used for Twitter as well as other Social Network well as other Social Network Platforms Platforms✴ Easily monitor what people ✴ Easily monitor what people are saying about you are saying about you (Reputation management) (Reputation management)
Contrast TweetDeck Twhirl✴ Utilizes less space on ✴ Minimal outages or desktop downtime✴ Customizable interface ✴ Bright, appealing default✴ Bulky appearance colors✴ Ability to group friends ✴ Ability to create group/✴ Gloom/doom default color friends’ list
SummaryI have used both TweetDeck and Twhirl in the past, but currently, I am usingHootSuite being that it is a web-based tool. Since I am on the go a lot more than inthe past, it works best for me now. I thought it would be nice to do a comparisonand contrast of TweetDeck and Twhirl to see what has changed and what hasremained the same.In my opinion, these tools are great for Social Media newbies because they are easyto learn, have user-friendly interfaces and allows users to add other Social Networkplatforms as you become familiar with others. It appears that the up-time withTweetDeck and Twhirl are much better than when I used them 3-4 years ago,which is a plus. I think that in order for business orders to be productive andeffective in their Social Media campaigns, Social Media management tools such asTweetDeck and Twhirl are detrimental.
References1. Evans, Dave. Social Media Marketing: An Hour a Day. Page 67.2. Miller, Chris (2008, July 15). Twitter Client Head-to-Head: Twhirl vs Tweetdeck. Mashable. http://mashable.com/ 2008/07/15/twhirl-tweetdeck-comparison/.3. Scott, David Meerman. The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly, 2nd Edition.4. TweetDeck. http://www.tweetdeck.com.5. Twhirl. http://www.twhirl.org.