Welcome to the TweetDeck Learning Guide, where I’m going to walk you through using TweetDeck and making it work for you.

Like many programs, TweetDeck has a full suite of options that allow you to customize the experience. The Twitter Update settings control how often TweetDeck refreshes your feeds.

To open the options, look for the wrench button at the top right.

That will bring up the settings window. Select Twitter Updates from the left hand side.

Looks simple, huh? This group of settings is all about the Twitter API, the thing that let’s TweetDeck work.

Max number of updates per API call basically asks how many updates you want per batch. The default is 200, and I’ve never had an issue with it. If you have a lot more incoming information, increasing this may help keep you up to date.

Max number of updates in a column is how many actual tweets you want to a column before they start deleting the extras. They always delete the oldest posts first.

If you unselect the Allow TweetDeck to manage my Twitter API limit, you get another screen that lets you choose which elements are most important to you.

Each element has a sliding bar with a percentage of the total API calls and the approximate refresh rate. In order to get a section to call more often, slide its arrow to the right. Less often, to the left. TweetDeck recommends limiting your total to 80% of your total API calls, to prevent unnecessary braking.

That’s all the Twitter Update settings, go back to the Settings list to find the other sections!