TweetDeck v0.20b Details

Monday, 17 November 2008

This version of TweetDeck is very different from the previous one - the way the local database is used has been completely changed. Tweets are no longer stored and the reason for this is very simple - the sheer volume of tweets (for example my TweetDeck was storing 10,000 per day) was having a huge impact on the speed and reliability of TweetDeck. So now when you start up TweetDeck it will initially be empty and then all your columns will be populated from the live API data within a second or two.

The advantages of streamlining TweetDeck like this are big: 
  • the maximum number of tweets per Twitter call has been increased from 20 to 200 - theoretically you can now get 200 tweets every 36 seconds in your All Tweets column. Twitter searches have also been increased, from 20 tweets to the maximum of 100 tweets per minute
  • startup of TweetDeck is much improved, there should be no more “window not responding” especially on Windows systems
  • column actions such as adding, moving or deleting columns are much faster
  • it paves the way for faster, more efficient integration of other social platforms :-)

The cost of these changes are:
  • the removal of local searches - since these were totally reliant on the local database store of tweets
  • group columns will on first startup look a little sparse - since groups are populated from the All Tweets data feed when you first open TweetDeck there will only be 200 tweets in the All Tweets column to populate the groups, of course if you leave TweetDeck running then it will hold all the incoming tweets and the groups will soon fill up

In brief here is the other functionality additions and changes:

Added patches 0.19.1, 2 & 3 fixes
Added API rate limit info added to top right
Added no notifications for your own tweets
Added pulling maximum number of tweets on each call
Added user added to friend list when followed
Added user removed from friend list when followed
Added user added to friend list when profile viewed and already followed (and not present in DB)
Added Persian character fix
Added “clear read tweets” button to column function
Added deduping methods for each column type
Added control logic on adding columns - can’t have multiples of same content
Added unread tweets counter to each column
Added “in reply to” link to appropriate tweets
Added mark as read in one column now marks same tweet as read across all columns
Added deleting your own tweet & deleting a DM now actually deletes from twitter
Added your sent tweet immediately added to All Tweets column - live updating
Added column specific filter bar for tweet text, username, source & timeframe, both include & exclude
Added url shortening service
Added clicking on notification window will close it immediately
Added favorites column
Added an “add to group” button implemented in certain tweets & profile panel
Updated advanced support - except “near:”, error with API
Removed local search
Fixed user avatar not showing or updating
Fixed display problem with < symbol
Fixed bugs with enter key showing new line & sending tweet when tweet panel not in focus

You can update manually via or your TweetDeck will automatically update in the next few hours.