I don’t understand the hype about Seesmic Desktop 2. I’ll tell you why I don’t use it, and I’d like to know why those of you who do use it chose it. Yes, there are positives, but the positives aren’t enough to keep me around.
If you’ve found something I haven’t, or if your computer is allowing you to do what mine is not, let me know. I am using Google Chrome on a Mac, so your experience of Seesmic Desktop 2 may be a little different using Firefox or Internet Explorer on a PC. Here’s a list of some of Seesmic Desktop 2’s features.
- You can only add one Facebook profile (Is this different for PC?)
- The add button doesn’t work for LinkedIn (Is this different for PC?)
- Trends is not cloud based like it is in Tweetdeck
- One positive is that you can conveniently follow user lists
- Another positive is that there are apps for smart phones
One of the nicest features is that there are more than 40 apps, and I’m sure there are more to come. I find most of the apps pointless, but here are a few I found useful.
- By typing in a few keywords Postup finds brand influencers for you to follow
- The Read Out Loud app does exactly what it says it does.
- I haven’t tried the Translator, but my understanding is that it will translate all Tweets to whatever language you select.
Here’s what some random Tweeters thoughts about Seesmic Desktop 2:
RT @eerieecho Testing out Seesmic Desktop 2…about time someone makes something useful out of Silverlight.
RT @vonbrucken no Twitter lists on Seesmic desktop 2 @askseesmic ??
RT @peterjblack @askseesmic none of my twitter lists in seesmic desktop 2 on my mac have updated in over an hour
RT @jacobsloan 2 things I like about Seesmic Desktop 2 thus far: ability to post/manage Facebook Pages, suggesting #hashtags as soon as you type the # sign
RT @ma77or7iz: Don’t like that Seesmic Desktop 2 doesn’t remember my window placement and sizing…
RT @cdwillie76: So not impressed with @seesmic 2. So how does one clear a column of messages like I could with sessmic desktop 1?
RT @Bashar_Kokash: The Final ver of @seesmic desktop 2 is released, it doesn’t support typing in Arabic, I just submited my 1st feedbackhttp://bit.ly/aEQExR
RT @timanderson: Trying Seesmic Desktop 2 – http://bit.ly/9jMisw – impressive Silverlight 4 out-of-browser app – but miss the simplicity of twhirl
RT @pinouzi: Seesmic Desktop 2, installed and then directly in the trash. Not for Mac users. Prefer other alternatives.
Some of these may have changed in the past several days, as Seesmic is great at responding to Tweeters’ complaints and suggestions. I’d also like to see tabs, much like Hootsuite uses, which makes for better client management. I’m not denying Seesmic Desktop 2 has many great features, but when it comes to functionality and usability it fails for me. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Stay social my friends,