And maybe kill Google, Microsoft and Wolfram Alpha in the process. OK, that was a joke, but since all tech blogs use absurd, over the top headlines in a juvenile effort to attract readers, I thought I’d give it a try.
Back to TweetDeck. . .
I’ve dabbled with TweetDeck for some time, using it periodically but always finding my way back to my home-grown Content Master. The Twitter part of Content Master, of course, is the excellent TwitterGadget, which does a lot of really neat things that other Twitter apps have surprisingly not implemented. TweetDeck comes about as close as any desktop app I have used. With a few additions, I think TweetDeck could become my Twitter app of choice.
But make no mistake, for that to happen, this has to happen:
First, it absolutely must allow multiple columns of “All Friends,” to allow users to better manage screen space. The most important part of Twitter is the river of posts from the people you follow. Having a single column to view this limits you to 6-10 posts on your screen. That is far too few (sure, I could scroll down, but I’d rather allocate more screen space). Users should be able to allocate multiple columns to the river, with new posts appearing in the first column and then moving to next column(s) before they rotate off your screen. This is a must-have feature that should be implemented today. Literally.
Second, how about a Google Reader implementation. There’s already a way to add your Facebook data to TweetDeck. Give me a way to access my Google Reader information from within the application and I’d be hooked. Something similar to, but more robust than, the Google Reader gadget would be a great start. I’d be happy with Google Reader. I’d be thrilled if other apps were also incorporated, like Delicious, Read It Later, Photobucket, Dropbox, etc. In other words, make TweetDeck as good for publishing Twitter content as it is for reading it.
Third, once all that additional source data is available from within TweetDeck, allow articles to be dragged from the applicable column (i.e., the Google Reader column), into the Tweet message box. Populate the message box with the title of the article you dropped in there, and populate the link box with the URL, which should then be automatically shortened.
Fourth, provide a way to export all, filtered portions or individual items from your TweetDeck to other services, via RSS feeds. That would allow you to use TweetDeck as the publishing platform not only for Twitter, but also for other services. If I could selectively embed some of the content I read and publish in TweetDeck to my blog or some other site, that would be very helpful.
Fifth, create a top row of tabs for different TweetDeck page layouts, content and implementations. If I could have my Twitter stuff under one tab and my Google Reader and Facebook stuff under another one, that would give me the flexibility I seek. iGoogle, My Yahoo and other apps already have tab or tab-like features, so this shouldn’t be hard to add.
That should keep you busy for the rest of the day. What are you waiting on? Time’s a wastin’.