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Tweetdeck now runs natively on Chrome but there’s a catch

With news this week of Google opening their Chrome Web Store where apps, extensions and themes can be found, a lot of third party apps have already been announced as Google Chrome apps meaning they can run in Google Chrome without opening another process. For me and my soon-to-fail computer fan, that’s great news, especially when it comes to my favorite Twitter application Tweetdeck which has been using so many resources that it sounds like a car is driving through my living room forcing me to revert back to Twitter.com.

With the announcement of Tweetdeck as a free Chrome app, we predict a rise in use of Tweetdeck as it claims to be a more stable version. Users can sign in with their existing TweetDeck account and add “realtime streams” in column form, making social networking monitoring much easier and more effective. It currently supports multiple Twitter accounts, Foursquare, Facebook and Google Buzz with Gmail soon to be supported (which is the icing on the cake for me). There are combined columns for at a glance review of all accounts used in your TweetDeck and it even supports saved searches.

The catch that tripped me up is that I had a clock extension for new tabs in my Google Chrome which conflicted with my ability to see my Google apps. What this means is that Google is tricky and they want you to remove all extensions and revert back to the standard “new tab” where your apps will be featured (although it doesn’t say this anywhere and will leave others perplexed like I was). This took quite some time for me to figure out and I felt like a tech moron for a bit, but if you know to remove any “new tab” extensions, your apps will show up toot suite.

So congratulations, fellow TweetDeck fans, there’s finally a web app for TweetDeck so that it will run natively on your Chrome browser. Hooray!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Rainer

    December 9, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Go for Hootsuite…IMO, a better twitter and social media manager (Facebook, LinkedIn and more, plus biz pages). Doesn’t need an extension, but still runs in your browser. It plays very nicely with Chrome. It won’t use those system resources, and has the ability to sort people into columns like Tweetdeck.

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