It is with equal parts excitement and frustration that I let you know that the days of Android being TweetDeck-deficient are numbered, and that number is small. Excitement because TweetDeck is by far my favorite social media client on any platform, and frustration because I was given early access to a beta client, and it won’t run on my Android 1.6 phone. (I know, I know. I’ll update one of these days!)
The feature list they sent along is outstanding though. This is not simply a port of the existing iPhone/iPad client. This is an entirely new direction for TweetDeck, one that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Here’s the short list:
- A blended “Home” column that by default includes updates from Twitter, Buzz, Facebook and Foursquare, if you have accounts on those services.
- A new “Me” column that includes Twitter @ mentions to you, Facebook comments and likes on your updates, and Buzz comments on your content.
- Twitter direct messages are a default column.
- Unread indicators so you can see at a glance what updates you’ve read and what you haven’t.
- Update Detail Views, which open when you click on an update and provide additional relevant information tuned to the service the update came from.
- Foursquare detailed views are tailored to the venue the update came from.
- Map view for geotagged tweets and Foursquare venues.
- A new multi-service Compose screen which defaults to twitter and gives you quick access to turn on your other services.
- New contacts view with quick slots for up to 12 friends you talk to a lot.
There’s more, but it’s painful to write all this and not be able to try it out. But don’t worry, the public beta period begins very soon, if it hasn’t already begun by the time you read this. You’ll be able to see for yourself… hopefully! If you do get it working, let me know in the comments.