What Is TweetDeck and Is It Only for Twitter?

Why you might want to use this nifty Twitter tool

TweetDeck is one of the most popular social media management tools that people and businesses use to manage their social web presence.

What You Need to Know About TweetDeck

TweetDeck is a free web-based tool that helps you manage and post to your Twitter accounts. It's also designed to improve organization and functionality across them.

TweetDeck's dashboard displays separate columns of activity from your Twitter accounts. For example, you might see separate columns for your home feed, your notifications, your direct messages, and your activity—all in one place on the screen. You can also reorder these columns, delete them, and add new ones from other Twitter accounts or for specific things like hashtags, trending topics, scheduled tweets, and more. 

Customizing your TweetDeck dashboard in a manner that best fits your tweeting needs can save you from signing in separately to each account, switching between pages, and posting everything separately.

So, Is TweetDeck Just for Twitter?

Yes, TweetDeck currently only works with Twitter. The tool once worked with other popular social networks (such as Facebook) long ago, but since then it's been reserved for Twitter only. 

If you’re more interested in using a tool that includes more social networks than Twitter, you should check out our breakdown of what HootSuite has to offer in terms of more versatile social media management.

Why Use TweetDeck?

TweetDeck is ideal for individuals and businesses that want to better organize their social profiles and need to manage several accounts. It’s a simple, straightforward tool for social media power users.

For instance, if you manage three Twitter accounts, you could line up all of their notification columns together in TweetDeck so you always stay on top of interactions. Likewise, if you're interested in following a specific trending topic, you could add a column for that trending topic keyword or phrase to show you all the tweets happening in real time.

TweetDeck Feature Breakdown

Here are some of the features included in TweetDeck:

  • Unlimited columns: TweetDeck’s design is unique because of its column layout. You can add as many columns as you want for as many different profiles.
  • Keyboard shortcuts: Take advantage of your keyboard to use TweetDeck even faster.
  • Global filters: Get rid of unwanted updates in your columns by filtering out certain text content, authors, or sources. For example, you can add #facebook as a filter to prevent tweets with that hashtag in it from showing up in your stream.
  • Scheduled posting: Create a dedicated column for all tweets you want to create ahead of time and schedule them to be posted at a later date or time. This is useful if you don’t have time to be on TweetDeck all day.
  • Post to several accounts: TweetDeck highlights the profile picture of whichever icon you’re posting from, and you can select or deselect as many as you want to post messages across different Twitter or Facebook profiles.

How to Start Using TweetDeck

TweetDeck doesn’t cost anything and it's free to use. Head to Tweetdeck.com in your browser and use your Twitter login details to sign in. You'll see a few default columns, but you can use the collapsible menu on the left side to customize the dashboard to your liking.

  • How do I add Twitter accounts to TweetDeck?

    To add more than one Twitter account to TweetDeck, select Accounts > Link another account you own > Continue to agree to the terms. Enter the username and password for the account and select Authorize.

  • How do I manage Twitter accounts on TweetDeck?

    If you've linked multiple Twitter accounts with TweetDeck, you can set one as the default account: go to Accounts > select the desired account > and turn on Default account. You can also choose which profiles to tweet from when composing a tweet. To like and follow from more than one account, select a tweet > More > Like from accounts or Follow from accounts.

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