The New York Times (NYT) has embraced Twitter whole-hog (unlike some news organisations), and that’s great, but it’s apparently causing a strain on the internal network — or at least use of the popular TweetDeck desktop client is.
From: Schwadron, Terry
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 5:06 PM
Subject: [NYT Newsroom] To newsroom twitter users
To Newsroom Twitter users:
We are seeing a growing number of complaints from people with computer
performance problems that have been traced to TweetDeck, an
application that some have installed on Times workstations and laptops
to follow Twitter messages. Though still in beta and not officially
released, TweetDeck is indeed a handy tool for high-power Twitter
users to keep track of multiple threads simultaneously.
However, it also takes a serious bite out of the performance of many
computers, particularly older PCs.
We recommend against installing it or using it on Times computers.
Several other applications, including Twitter’s own website, will
suffice for most users. We plan to test some of the favourites against
Times workstation configurations, and make a recommendation shortly on
some that appear to be both safe and easy to use, for both casual and
If you do install TweetDeck, know that it will slow your workstation.
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