August 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Tweetdeck is finally on Android. And I mean the real thing, not the leaked version of an old build that circulated yesterday. Androuid users can now get the official beta from the Tweetdeck website and follow the sign-up instructions to get a crack at this new Twitter app.
Actually, it’s not a Twitter app. Tweetdeck’s Android version reveals the company’s new strategy to be a stream of information and content from your social circles, not just a pipe to Twitter. There’s also integration with Google Buzz, Facebook, and Foursquare.
My first impressions of the app were mostly positive when I saw Tweetdeck at Google I/O. However, the app still feels like it’s not quite ready (To be fair, it is in beta after all). Despite how cool it is to use, it’s missing settings I’d prefer. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by other apps, but I like being able to adjust the size of my fonts, colors, and the like. Tweetdeck doesn’t do that and in its current stage is still behind, especially in light of the advancements of Touiteur, the multi-stream options in Seesmic, and the always popular Twidroyd.
Despite these shortcomings, I plan to keep testing Tweetdeck and hope that the app continues to advance. Tweetdeck focuses on a blended timeline, but that’s not always what I want. I don’t want to have to monitor my work accounts in my off time or see my friends inane updates when I’m trying to work. That’s what makes Tweetdeck on the desktop so useful, but it’s mysteriously absent from the mobile version. “This is the way to go,” according to a blog post but I think it’s the wrong way to go.
I like using swipes to switch columns, having my streams within one app, and using a visually appealing app. Now I just need Tweetdeck to make it easier to control which columns appear, be more reliable, and catch up with the competition.
Agree or disagree? If you’ve tested Tweetdeck since launch today, let’s us know your first impressions in the comments section.