Do you have a Twitter,
Buzz, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts and wonder how to simplify your
status updates? Well, there are several applications that help you
manage multiple social networking accounts. I'll tell you how to do it
using my personal favorite: TweetDeck.
TweetDeck really started
out by helping Twitter users organize their friend's tweets. It conveniently creates customized columns to filter only certain friends
by creating groups. If you have many friends you follow, it doesn't take
long to see how much easier it is to organize tweets with TweetDeck.
Then, Twitter itself added a
similar idea and called it Twitter Lists. The nice thing about Twitter
Lists is that you can share your lists and these lists can be accessed
by any application using the Twitter API. TweetDeck quickly added Twitter Lists support
as another way to filter your friends and will even convert your
TweetDeck groups into Twitter Lists. I've gone exclusively to Twitter
Lists now even within TweetDeck for the added flexibility between
So, groups and lists
helped organized all my friend's tweets and things on Twitter are now
nicely managed. But what about other accounts like Facebook, Buzz, or
LinkedIn? How do I get my status updates to also post on those accounts
as well? Facebook has some apps (Twitter, FriendFeed, etc.) that will
pull your status updates from other social networking accounts. However,
what I really want is an application where I can enter my update once
and post to multiple accounts. That’s exactly what TweetDeck can do.
As of version 0.34.2,
TweetDeck supports the following social networking sites.
The screenshot below
demonstrates how you can easily add an account to your TweetDeck
profile. Each account will also perform a verification and once that has
been done, you can then access the account via TweetDeck.
You can then
do two things with these accounts. First, you can create a column to
view updates for that account and filter these columns by type and/or
groups. Below I’ve set up a LinkedIn column to only show new
The column looks like:
Secondly, you can now
also post an update simultaneously to multiple accounts. You simply
click the button “Yes” for the account(s) you wish the update to post.
See the example below on how I can update Twitter, FaceBook, and Buzz but not LinkedIn
Here’s how the post appears on Facebook:
The ability to
selectively post to multiple accounts provides a lot of control over how
you post your updates. I use Facebook primarily for personal friends
and family and Twitter and LinkedIn for more professional contacts. I
can easily decide if the update I have in mind is appropriate for all my
accounts or if I should be more selective. I’m sure many of my friends
and family could care less about my blathering on about some of the latest
news of tech I’m researching for work. So, I just post those updates to Twitter and LinkedIn.
TweetDeck is an Adobe
Air application, which means you have to have Adobe Air installed
computer. It’s a free app (like Adobe Reader for PDFs) that runs on
Windows, Mac and Linux. TweetDeck also offers native iPhone and iPad
apps, although those currently lack functionality from the desktop
Do you have a favorite
app for managing multiple social networking accounts? Share it with us!