My experience with Tweetdeck

tweetdeckTweetdeck is an add on for chrome which allows you to conveniently keep all your activity, messages, and notifications in one place. It also gives you the option of creating columns which can be modified to display any type of information whether it be hashtags, users, lists of accounts, and much more. I used it to receive updates on the topics of security and travelling.

Through keeping a column dedicated to both, I am able to see tweets as they come in relating to my topic. To get more specific with my results in those topics I also added columns with the hashtags #identitytheft and #paris.

I noticed three major differences between google and Tweetdeck:

1. Second to second updates

The first difference I noticed after setting up my search column is that the tweets come in at a ridiculously fast pace. I barely have time to read them before they are at the bottom of my screen and then they’re gone! While it is fast, it is proof that they are being displayed in real time. I can find the most up to date opinions and articles about my selected topics rather than old information I might find after google filters my search results.

2. Personal accounts/opinions

I find this method of searching extremely interesting when compared to your standard search engine. Here I can get tweets of articles and images from worthy sources such as @BBCTravel. Though I would be able to find similar results through a search engine, I find it refreshing to see tweets from “unworthy” sources as well. With twitter I am able to see the average, everyday person tweeting their own experiences and opinions on specific topics. It wouldn’t be as simple to find that type of information through google.

Here I am googling Paris

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 Here I am googling identity theft 

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Nowhere are personal accounts or opinions on the matter on the first page. When looking at my columns from Tweetdeck, it displays information from all types of sources.

3. Narrowing down your information

Another difference I noticed is that if you can cut out the tweets you don’t wish to see by creating a list grouping specific accounts together. I created a list for both security and travel holding five accounts each in order to try this out. With search engines it isn’t as easy to narrow down the information you want to see. Grouping accounts together efficiently keeps all the tweets you want to see in one column.

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Overall I find Tweetdeck to be an extremely handy tool when looking for a variety of information. This add on makes it possible to categorize trustworthy accounts and personal opinions in one place. I would highly recommend Tweetdeck to avid Twitter users!

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My experience with Tweetdeck

[Light]beam me up Firefox!

Through downloading Lightbeam in order to track what pages I visit intentionally and unintentionally when I browse the internet. The circles represent websites that I visited myself, and the triangles represent the third party websites that were accessed as a result. The white lines represent regular connections while the purple ones represent cookies.

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In 20 minutes, I visited 10 first party websites and 65 third party websites. It was astonishing to see the graph output and see how many websites I had “visited”. I hadn’t heard of more than half of the third party websites and it had me thinking, what information are they seeing about me? Is my security in danger? Is my information in danger? All this got me thinking more about my online security on the internet.

Lightbeam can help you track what websites you are visiting, and which ones to stay away from. Keep yourself well informed on things such as malware, botnets, worms, viruses, and trojan horses that can enter your computer through third party websites! They can disguise themselves as trustworthy while they are in fact downloading themselves into your computer. They can steal financial information, passwords, or much worse. Keylogger is an example of software which can be turned into spyware capable of recording your keystrokes in order to get its hands on your credit card numbers and other financial information. Downloading browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, as well as downloading anti-virus software are crucial steps towards keeping yourself and your computer safe.

I think that Lightbeam is a very useful add on to have. Seeing the results can be daunting initially, though I think that it can also bring piece of mind while surfing the internet. The table view lists all the websites, first, and third party, that you have visited in a more organized manner. It can help you keep track of the websites that you visit and possibly control a virus problem. Lightbeam also monitors websites which are blocked and watched to keep your computer safe.

To learn a little more about Lightbeam from the creators, check out this video!

[Light]beam me up Firefox!