TweetDeck dropped a new release of of their immensely popular social network client today, and it finally includes the feature everyone has been asking for: Widgets!
Also included in this release is a redesigned user interface for adding columns, as well as some bug fixes and performance improvements.
Screenshots and download information included after the break.
There are three new widgets included in this release:
- Column Widget (2x3) that allows you to select any one of your columns to view the last couple of posts in
- Quick Post widget (4x1) that allows you to quickly send an update to any combination of accounts that you have configured
- Quick Launch widget (4x1) that allows you to quickly access one of several columns in the main TweetDeck app
If you've read much of robotbriefs.com in the past, you're probably aware that we really like TweetDeck. However, I think the widgets could have given us a little more. First, let me say that they are very nice looking, and won't make your home screens look like Fred Sanford's back yard. Unfortunately, I have a couple of complaints with them.
The Quick Post widget works great. No real issues there. The Quick Launch widget is just ok. To be honest, I don't see much value in it. Rather than taking up a whole row on the home screen for it, I will still just use a shortcut to the main application.
Then comes the Column Widget. For what it does, this thing is a behemoth, taking up 2 columns by 3 rows. That wouldn't be so bad, except for the fact that it only displays the last two posts from whichever column you choose, and it's not scrollable! UHG!!
Ok, I can deal with the size of it. TwitDroyd takes up 4 columns by 2 rows if you use their large widget. So does Facebook's. But at least theirs are scrollable!
Stepping off my soapbox now...
Please don't get me wrong. I am thrilled to see widgets available for TweetDeck finally. And I will use the Quick Post widget for sure. I will even put the Column Widget on my home screen for a bit and see if I get used to it.
But I beg you, TweetDeck, please give me some scrolling action with the next release!