Goodbye Tweetdeck

I enjoyed you, Tweetdeck, I really did.

I love Twitter and I need a Twitter desktop client. Tweetdeck was that for a long while and I enjoyed it: the multi-columns, the groups, the notifications.

Then, just over a week ago, I had my screen replaced. I now have one of those large horizontal screens. It’s great for my style of multi-tasking, as I can easily keep several windows open along my browser. Naturally, screen resolution is higher too, and there’s the rub: everything looks sharper but much smaller.

It’s easy with browsers: all I have to do is hold down CTRL and scroll with my mouse and viola! large fonts, pictures, the works. When it comes to other applications, I need to find that place in the settings that lets you control font size.

Thing is, Tweetdeck just doesn’t have that. They’ve decided on a font and that’s it. Well, I’m sorry, but I need a microscope to read tweets on Tweetdeck on this machine. Or is it a telescope? one of the two :p

Apparently Tweetdeck isn’t even working on a solution. They have just released what they call a monster update. No font controls though.

Oh well, time to move on. I have tried Seesmic, but lo and behold, no font size controls there too, so finally ended up with twhirl. Not as flexible as I would have wanted it to be, but at least they offer several font sizes and I can live with the largest.

If you can think of any other Twitter client that might do the trick, please leave a comment and let me know – thank you!

14 thoughts on “Goodbye Tweetdeck

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  2. Hi there
    just to let you know that v0.35 of TweetDeck WILL allow font size changes. Because of the way we display tweets it has been impossible for us to allow this previously. In he next release though we will be moving to a different method of display so this will then be possible.
    Hope this helps!
    Regards
    Richard Barley
    TweetDeck Community Manager

  3. Hi Anne, first time here and must say your catchy title caught my attention at Blogengage – social media addict, I am. :) I never thought about the problem with fonts before, good to know. Have you tried Hootsuite.com yet? It’s actually a Twitter web client, you can enlarge the font via the ctrl+mouse scrolling, unsure if you’re into web app though, just in case. :) I’ll let you know if I hear anything about a solution for desktop clients.

    @wchingya
    Social/Blogging Tracker
    .-= Ching Ya´s last blog post ..How to Import Twitter Favorites to Facebook Page =-.

    • I have a hootsuite account and I use it occasionally, but I really need a good desktop application that will run alongside my browser – I’m a fellow Twitter addict ;) Following you now by the way!

    • I couldn’t agree more. Seeing Richard’s reply, and it being the first one too, was definitely a nice surprise!

  4. Anne,

    i can point you to some truly awesome, richly detailed, HootSuite articles if you wish.

    I saw you “have an account”, but it didn’t sound like you were all too into it, or might not know to just what extent it can be used.

    let me know, and I’ll either leave another, link filled, comment, or contact you directly. :)
    .-= Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing´s last blog post ..I asked – You Answered – 4 more Social Icons Added =-.

    • Do drop the link here, Dennis. I used hootsuite’s hootlet – and still do occasionally. I’ve also used them to pre-release tweets when I tried managing a second account for one of my sites. I *think* I know most of their features, but I’m always willing to learn, so please do share the link.