EDIT (6/4/2013): The old version of TweetDeck described in this article is no longer supported by the parent company. You now have to suffer with the new updated (stripped down) version supported by Twitter. Sorry for that bad news.
Until today I was pretty happy with my TweetDeck experience. But what I discovered rocked my Tweetin’ world.
Question: How can I make a column for “trending” topics?
Answer: You can’t
This question has bugged me for a while. Why do I need to go to the Twitter website in my browser to find out what’s trending? However, in searching for the solution to my problem, I found some very interesting information. Apparently Twitter recently took over the development of the Tweetdeck program. Their claim was “we’re going to make it better”. But, of course, in the process, they completely destroyed the user experience.
For me though, being a new Twitter user, and having no experience with other versions of Tweetdeck, I was blissfully ignorant. I thought it was over-all pretty good with some strange, unexplained limitations. But searching for the “Trending Topics” column has led me to a new world of Tweetdeck greatness.
I found out that there are actually earlier versions of the Tweetdeck software (pre-“twitter ownership”) that you can download and install for free. So, long story short, I tried it and WOW – what a great experience. It’s so flexible and feature rich, I can’t believe all the things I’ve been missing by using the Twitter’s “new/improved” Tweetdeck. I downloaded version 0.38.02 and love it.
Oh, and good news. You can have it too. Before you give up on Twitter, try this and see if it changes your mind.
DOWNLOAD TWEETDECK (V0.38.2) HERE
Let me know what you think in the comments below.