TweetDeck is announcing an update to its desktop client this morning which will add Foursquare and Google Buzz to its arsenal of supported streams which already includes Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and Facebook. In addition, the version 0.34 update will allow for the addition of any Twitter-compatible APIs, including WordPress, StatusNet and Tumblr, as well as a slew of other features such as global filters and scheduled posts. The company will also announce financial news this morning, confirming that it has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding.Popular cross-platform social app
TweetDeck, which was invited to test the Google Buzz API announced Wednesday, is wasting no time in integrating the service into its desktop client. Users will be able to send updates to Buzz, as well as view, like and comment on their friends' posts directly from a stand-alone Buzz column in the app. TweetDeck maintains most of the Buzz experience within its column system, letting users collapse and expand comments for a streamlined experience.
The app has also added support for location, including geotagged Tweets, Buzz entries and Foursquare updates. By adding their Foursquare account to a column within TweetDeck, users will be able to view their friends' location-based updates, as well as visualize their locations with an embedded Google Map within the column. Additionally, Twitter-compatible APIs may also be added, allowing the client to interact with services like Tumblr, WordPress and StatusNet.
Rich media will also be given a front-row seat in the latest release, as uploading and recording videos to 12seconds or TwitVid is integrated into the client. Updates can also be scheduled for a later date and time, and global filters will let users automatically remove feed entries across all columns based on any terms. This latest release will also provide users with the ability to incorporate their own custom URL shortening service.
After a quick test of a pre-release of the latest version of the app, I found that the Buzz and Foursquare integration worked smoothly. When trying to add a Twitter-compatible API, WordPress failed to sync up but Tumblr was successful. I was able to publish text entries on Tumblr, but adding photos or videos did not seem to transfer the way I had hoped they would.
With this update TweetDeck is taking enormous steps toward becoming a complete social dashboard - at least on the desktop. To be honest, I had largely given up on the app because of the sluggish feel of Adobe Air applications, but the integration of Foursquare, Buzz and other services may just draw me back to it. The securing of additional funding means we can expect only bigger and better things from the company in the near future.