Seesmic Launches Desktop 2 For Greater Social Media Control

The battle for supremacy in the desktop Twitter client battle has been dominated by Tweetdeck and Seesmic and the latter has just upped the ante with the launch of its second version. Previously Seesmic, like Tweetdeck, rode on the back of Adobe Air but for the new service it has switched to Microsoft’s Silvernight.

Again, as with Tweetdeck, Seesmic takes social media up a level and enables you to manage a whole raft of social media platforms including Ping.fm, Foursquare, Google Buzz, LinkedIn and, naturally, Facebook. Integration with other services are enabled through plugins covering image facilities such as Yfrog and Twitpic, a translator, Twitlonger that enables you to go beyond 140 characters and others.

Enabling steams such as real time tweets, mentions, replies and DMs is simplicity itself and messages are colour coded to enable quick identification so mentions have a blue vertical line. I am not sure that this use of real estate is particularly beneficial; I would prefer to have narrower columns, but that’s just a personal thing.

Visually the new desktop is attractive but the lack of scheduling means I will be staying with Hootsuite.

To see how the new Seesmic Desktop 2 works, take a look at this video.

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Kevin Tea is a journalist and marketing communications professional who has worked for some of the leading blue chip companies in the UK and Europe. In the 1990s he became interested in how emerging Internet-based technologies could change the way that people worked and became an administrator on the Telework Europa Forum on CompuServe. With other colleagues he took part in a four year European Commission sponsored project to look at the way that the Internet could benefit remote communities. His blog is a resource for SMEs who want to use cloud computing and Web 2.0 technologies.

  • Loic

    Thank you for your post! Scheduling is coming in all our apps in a few weeks.

  • Did you say months or weeks?

    How about some form of announcement – this scheduling thing has been talked about for months now and people are staying away from Seesmic in droves because of it.