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Farewell TweetDeck! Six TweetDeck Alternatives to Use

Farewell Tweetdeck! Six Alternative Apps to Use

Yesterday, Twitter announced that they would be discontinuing the development of the beloved TweetDeck App, it will discontinue its mobile and desktop versions, including the apps TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android, and TweetDeck for iPhone. The apps will be removed from their respective stores in May, and they will stop to work shortly afterwards. Twitter and TweetDeck are opting to focus only on the web-version of the app.

Around the world, loyal TweetDeck users cried.

Ok, maybe that is a little dramatic, but really? If you love TweetDeck? This is pretty sad news. TweetDeck was one of the most useful tools for managing Twitter, allowing you to monitor and track conversations. It was free, and it was useful.

If the demise of TweetDeck has left you searching for a new alternative, may I suggest the following TweetDeck alternatives? Depending on the size of your brand, some of these may be overkill, but they are still great options to consider.

Apps for Social Media Publishing:

HootSuite (iOS, Android, BlackBerry): This is one of the most popular Twitter and social media management tools out there. Of them all, this is my favorite of the TweetDeck alternatives. HootSuite allows you to manage multiple accounts across multiple social platforms. Great for if you have both personal and professional accounts on Twitter and Facebook. I started to use HootSuite a few months ago so I could watch Twitter and Facebook both from one place. Willing to pay $9.99/month? You will get tons of perks, like Google Analytics and Facebook Insights integration. That said, the free account should do most users just fine.

Sprout Social: This popular management tool allows you to schedule posts and get snapshot metrics on your social media efforts. It is more expensive than HootSuite, but it’s customizable in ways that HootSuite isn’t. Definitely worth checking out!

Apps for Tweeting:

While these apps don’t show you quite as much in one interface screen, and they don’t integrate with other social media platforms, they are still great apps to consider to make your Twitter experience better!

UberSocial (iOS, Android, Amazon Appstore for Android, BlackBerry): This app has so many features listed in the App Store page, it makes my head swim! Multiple-account management, cross-posting to Facebook, live previews, menu customization, inner circle contacts and gestures are just a few of the amazing offerings that make for this awesomely fluid, and feature-packed user experience. Free and Pro versions available.

Echofon (iOS, Android): Echofon keeps unread tweets in sync between the Echofon app on different devices – automatically. It makes viewing and sharing photos and videos super simple, and it can alert you of mentions and messages. It even allows you to set a sleep period, so you can go offline in peace and quiet. (There is also an Echofon app for Facebook!)

TweetCaster (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Amazon Appstore for Android, Web): TweetCaster is full of features, all in a colorful and clean user interface. Drag-and-drop menu icons and display themes, Facebook cross-posts, and the ability to see what you and your followers retweeted, and multiple Twitter accounts are just a few of the great features. Definitely worth considering if you’re a power Twitter user. Free and Pro versions available.

TweetBot (iOS, Mac): Multiple accounts, multiple lists, saved searches and, for die-hard TweetDeck users mourners, multiple columns view – just some of the many features this app offers. If you use the Tweetbot iOS apps, you’ll love the integration with the Mac app — not only do they have a unified look, but thanks to iCloud sync, they save your place in the stream, as well as keep track of tweets you have and haven’t read. The iOS version is $2.99 and the Mac version is $19.99. This price tag will be steep for some users, but if you would like a seamless experience on your Mac you will have a hard time finding a better option.

Bonus App! MetroTwit (Windows): I realize the last one was for Mac users only, and I’d hate to leave you Windows users short an app option. After doing some research, I’ve found a number of recommendations for trying MetroTwit. If you’re a recent Windows user who’s fond of columns, this application brings some Metro style to the Twitter platform. This gives it a native, baked-in Windows 8 feel. It offers customization options, alert settings, visual/display fonts and colors, column views and more — all in that luscious user interface. I don’t have a Windows computer, but this almost makes me wish I did so I could test it out. Free and Pro versions available.

Or You Could Just Use the Twitter App

While not as full featured as some of the others, the Twitter app for iPhone, iPad and Android work great. If you are simply looking for a way to post to Twitter, this may be the best option for you. Best part? Like Twitter, it is free!

Why You Should Use a Consistent Avatar Photograph Everywhere Online

It is that time of year again! Time to get a new photograph of yourself – one that looks LIKE YOU, without a camera in front of your face, and get it online so you have a consistent avatar. Everywhere.

I just heard every photographer reading this groan loudly. Something about photographers, we would much rather be behind the camera than in front of it.

Put the camera away. I don’t need to see your fancy L series glass to know you are a legitimate photographer. When we meet each other at Imaging USA, WPPI, or just on both Twitter and Facebook, I want to know what you look like. Your clients do as well. People connect with people, and they want to see YOU.

We also don’t want to see your children. Or your dog. Or your logo for your business. Or your favorite football team. We want to see you.

The Story of the Red Wall

A few years ago my hair was shorter and darker (before I went natural and stopped coloring it), and I had a distinctive red wall behind me in my photo on Twitter and Facebook. When I went to WPPI that year, over and over again people would say, “I think I follow you on Twitter?” I would reply with a wave behind my head and say, “Red wall.” Then we would both laugh, and strike up a conversation. I joked one night that I was going to go to Walgreens to buy a piece of red posterboard and a stick and just have a fake red wall behind me at all times.

Point is, people recognized me. I looked just like the photograph I use online. Minus the red wall, of course.

You don’t walk around with a camera up to your face all the time. The point of social media is being social, and if you want people to remember you and connect who you are in person with who you are online, then you need to update your avatar! You are marketing YOU. Make sure people find you relatable!

Which Social Media Sites to Focus On

You can’t really go around and update every single site where you have an avatar or photograph of yourself, can you? No, that would be crazy! So often you sign up for sites and then never use them after the initial registration. We aren’t going to concern ourselves with those sites!

Where do you spend the most time online interacting with clients and peers? I’m willing to bet that you have five or six places that you can name that take up 99% of your time. Those are the places you care about. For example, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Gravatar and Flickr. I can change my photograph on all of those, plus add it to my boudoir blog, all within an hour. Then keep the file handy on your computer desk top, and any time you come across another site where you have an avatar, update that one too.

That is my snazzy new photo above on the right. My hair is longer, and a completely different color. I wanted to take one without glasses, because my glasses are hard to photograph, but if I didn’t have them on then you might not recognize me in person when we meet. I want my personal branding to be the same everywhere, so I use the same avatar photograph of me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gravatar, and anywhere else I can online.

Speaking of meeting each other, I’ll be at WPPI this year, and I’d love to meet you! If you spot me, stop me and say hello!

Photograph above left courtesy of Marcelle Lucena, used under Creative Commons License.