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TweetSort – the final client for everyone’s needs?

TweetSort came out of the blue, well literally, as the client and website is blue.  Here is their claim from the website, let’s see if it is true:

tweetsort takes all your favorite features from the vast range of applications and merges them into one simple, sleek, easy to use web application.  Features Include:

* » Organize your friends into groups you can easily manage
* » Shorten links via tsort.us, bit.ly, TinyURL, tr.im, and more
* » Post videos via yFrog
* » Tweet songs to your Followers using GrooveShark
* » Post pictures via TweetPhoto, twitGoo, TwitPic, and others
* » Compress your tweets using TweetShrink
* » Stay up-to-date with auto-refreshing tweet stream
* » View your conversation threads
* » Save and view custom Twitter searches

You log in to TweetSort via oAuth, which worked fine one th second try.  I know they were having issues here the other day, but I got in.  Then you get quite the full dashboard.  It pretty much allows you to do everything.  They use the term “What’s going on?” in the area where you type your tweet.  Below that is button to send pictures, videos or music.   There is currently 7 choices for URL shortners built in, but I didn’t see the hook to enter MY bit.ly credentials.

The right panel has the normal links for mentions, directs and such.  Then has areas for groups, searches (which can be saved), user lookups and recent trends.  The whole middle portion is the stream of those you currently follow.

I performed a search and it added a new button above the stream (middle panel area) and allowed me to save that search for future usage.  A nice touch.  Now each tweet that you see comes with a few actions.  The middle area will allow a maximum of 6 tabs to be active at any one time.  Their FAQ covers this saying anything more looks ugly.  I buy that.  However, tabs are not currently saved at this time as they launch.

First thing, I did not like how light the colors were for the actions on the tweets.  I hardly noticed them at first, even on a widescreen monitor.  They do darken as you hover over them, but not nearly enough.  I know they were going for clean UI, but my first impression was I couldn’t do anything.  But once I noticed them I found the standard reply, direct and retweet. Added were actions to quickly add them to a group and search @replies.

Clicking on a username or avatar brings up their stream and information so you may choose to follow them.  If they embed a URL in their tweet that uses a shortener service, you get a new action button that expands the URL.  I found this later and liked it.

Lastly I went into account settings.  I could enable sounds, my favorite URL shortener (once again no choice to use my account) and my favorite picture service (ditto on using my account).  Real-time updates were disabled by default, but I imagine turning this on could really mess with your API limits.  I found your API usage count does show in the upper right by the hour.  Wow, you can use and burn fast if you run multiple clients updating quickly.

So what do I think?

I think they did many things right and are on their way to being the web client to beat.  They offer a ton of features with a UI that is almost there.  I have a few wish items, if they read this and take it as constructive only from seeing hundreds of clients now (great work so far guys!):

  • Have a collapsible section for the videos, pictures and music buttons.  Give me more real estate on seeing my primary stream
  • Please allow multiple Twitter accounts somehow.  It is becoming mandatory for some people that have multiple ones for different reasons
  • Darken the tools/actions for each tweet to make them easier to see.  You made them good and tiny but so light I almost missed them
  • Move my last tweet from right under in a big block to maybe the side in it’s own that collapses
  • Make the side blocks resortable or collapsible.  I might want to see more searches and not the look-up box or maybe my groups are all that is important
  • I also caught some iPhone looking code and wonder if they are going to make this a mobile app also

I know I will come across a few more while working with the client, but beware everyone.  A new web client has arrived.

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Professional bio: Chris Miller, known as IdoNotes across the web is based in St Louis, MO as the Director of Messaging & Collaboration for Connectria and the Founder of Spiked Studio Productions.. Connectria is one of the largest IBM hosting and remote management partners. Chris speaks globally at conferences and events including: View Admin 2003-2009 View Admin Europe 2003-2008 Domino 7 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar (globally) Real-Time Collaboration Seminar Lotusphere 2003-2012 ILUG 2008, 2010 ULUG 2009, 2011, 2012 Collaboration University 2006-2010Domino Optimization Tour 2010 BLUG 2011, 2012 NLLUG 2010 AusLUG 2011, 2012 Other awards, events and information: Founder of IamLUG - the North American Lotus User Group event held annually. 2009-present Chris, via Connectria, is a Lotus Award winner 3 times and a finalist 5 times since 2000. Winner of the Gary Guthrie Award for Technical Writing in 2002 Previous board member of the St Louis Domino and Notes User Group Previous board member of VALU (the predecessor to LotusUserGroup) Advisory Board member to LotusUserGroup.org Chris is the founder of Spiked Studio Productions which produces industry related podcasts, webcasts and more. Shows include: IdoNotes - one of the longest running Lotus related technical podcasts BlackBerry Today - a video podcast on the hottest device, application and BlackBerry/Playbook news Consultant In Your Pocket - deep technical webcast training delivered free and subscription IdoSphere - a two day online technical event TheSocialGeeks - a leading social media roundtable podcast Sametime Guide - a video training tutorial on installing and administrating IBM Sametime TheSocialNetworker - a social media site review webcast and interview series now including Social Stalking content on social media security and privacy Certifications: PCLP since Domino R4 in administration and in Development through R5 Workplace Collaboration Services 2.5 - Team Collab and Messaging Domino 7 and 8 Certified Security Administrator Sametime Administration 7.5.x-8.5 CLP Collaboration (retired certification Aug 2006) CLI for numerous administration areas including Domino, Sametime, Quickr and Connections Yes I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out. Animals: One dog, a Puggle. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me. A ninja death cat. I only see her when she strikes Music: Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks. I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “TweetSort – the final client for everyone’s needs?

  1. Thanks for bringing this client to my attention. It looks great, and I have a few comments to add to yours.

    When I first logged on to TweetSort, it was very slow to get started. I just got a dialog (in sort of a light-table setup) with an icon cycling to let me know it was working. I’ll assume that it was caching my stream. I started setting up and I, like you use bit.ly to shrink urls. I simply selected bit.ly and it popped up a dialog to allow me to enter my credentials.

    Everything really seemed to work fine for me. One thing I would like to mention is that I am really happy that TweetSort included TweetShrink to shrink tweets (obviously). This is a great service that I use extensively. Very few clients provide this service, so I always have a browser tab open to the TweetShrink site. This is a small detail, but it makes a big difference to me.

    Posted by Seth | July 18, 2009, 10:10 am
  2. Thanks for the extremely constructive review!

    As Greg mentioned, we are pushing a ton of updates with some major fixes and new features this evening. These should take care of many of the things you mentioned.

    I actually just updated the action buttons in the tweet stream to be a little bit darker per your comment. Check them out and let us know if that’s looking better for you.

    It’s really awesome that you took the time to give our app a once over and appreciate it very much!

    Thanks,

    Tim (lead design @ tweetsort)

    Posted by Tim | July 17, 2009, 10:26 am
  3. Thanks for the review.

    We are working on some bug fixes and new features which will be release tonight.

    Most of your wish list items are either going to be released in this push later tonight – on in a future version.

    We thank you for all the support – please follow us on twitter at @tweetsort for updates. If you have any other wish-list items, let us know! We want to be the best web client for everyone’s need.

    Let us know!

    Thanks,
    Greg
    Lead Developer / Founder of tweetsort

    Posted by Greg | July 17, 2009, 9:01 am

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