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TweetDeck Adds Multi-Column iPhone Client, Multi-Client Syncing

Windows/Mac/Linux/iPhone: TweetDeck, the Twitter client that helps cut through social noise, has unleashed a clever version of its popular multi-column app for iPhones, as well as made it easy to synchronise columns and work with multiple Twitter accounts.

The column synchronisation is a smart move, considering many fans of TweetDeck’s increasingly popular desktop client are likely to try out the iPhone and iPod touch version and not want to have to add in all their columns again. The desktop versions don’t seem to synchronise all your actual app settings, though, so our previously posted migration tip is worth checking out.

As for the client updates themselves, well, TweetDeck as run on Adobe AIR hasn’t changed all that much, other than allowing for controlling multiple Twitter accounts, which power users will love and may migrate over for. The iPhone app does a great job of recreating the multi-column control of TweetDeck through sliding tabs, and offers most of the functionality for reading and posting that other popular apps like Seesmic and TwitterFon. Most importantly, it does what its desktop counterparts does—sifts and sorts through all kinds of noise to let you get at your replies, messages, and most relevant search terms quickly.

TweetDeck is a free download for iPhones and iPod touch models through the App Store, and via the Adobe AIR platform on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Click through the screenshots below for a bigger look at TweetDeck’s iPhone client and multi-account desktop integration.

TweetDeck’s main view. Click on a column to zoom in and scroll through, then hit the “Columns” button again to switch to the 10-feet-away view.

Composing a new tweet in TweetDeck, with options for TwitPic-powered photos (from camera or your saved photos), web links (which seem to be waiting for cut and paste to drop today to start working), and adding geo-location map URLs.

Adding a new column from the iPhone is pretty easy, and doing so with a TweetDeck account enabled syncs it to your desktop versions.

The multi-account manager in TweetDeck’s Adobe AIR client. I don’t have multiple Twitter accounts, but from other screenshots, it only takes one button click when composing or replying to decide which account your message comes from.

Synchronisation of columns back to your TweetDeck account, so they show up on your iPhone and other desktops.