TweetDeck

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

TweetDeck has a number of services that work in the background to make your user experience better. You can control which services TweetDeck uses for you, and even some of their behavior in the TweetDeck Services settings.

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

That will bring up the settings window. Click Services on the left to bring up the Services window.

The four options under the ‘services’ tab are fairly self explanatory.

The first option is Translation, which uses Google Translate to convert tweets into the language of your choice. This defaulted to English on my machine. There is a large number of language options to choose from.

The second option is your URL shortener. In my case, I use bit.ly. What’s nice, for those of you obsessed with click-throughs, is you can attach the auto-shortening that TweetDeck uses and attach it to your actual bit.ly account, allowing you to track how much your links are used. Other URL shortening options include is.gd, tinyurl, twurl, and an Other option.

The next option is the picture upload service you want to use for picture and video uploads. I didn’t play with this feature, so am using the default (YFrog) but it offers you a number of options, including Pixli, Twitpic, Posterous, and Mobypicture.

The final option is for when you click email links in Twitter. There’s only two options, your default email client (This is WindowsLive Mail in Windows by default) or Gmail. I currently have it set to Gmail, but I haven’t had much opportunity to test it, so hopefully it overrides the default behavior of Windows.

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