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TweetDeck Users Read This…

I’ve discovered a major problem that plagues Tweetdeck users who use the free Twitter client to access and post microblogging updates. TweetDeck is bugged by a fairly major issue which will require a solution pretty soon.

Background: I’m an active Twitter user and have been using what I would consider the best Twitter client, TweetDeck, for a couple of months.

Sure it’s had some weird idiosyncrasies like having to shut it down so I could run more bandwidth-intensive applications or MMPOGs on my system, but on the whole, it’s been a pleasant experience (read my earlier review)

I may or may not be the typical Tweetdeck user – here’re my usage habits:

  • My computers are on 24-7. I run mainly Windows XP operating systems (a combination of Professional and Home editions). I reboot when virtual memory drops “dangerously low” or I get a BSOD (blue screen of death).
  • I follow about 200+ Twitter users, some of whom tweet as many as 50 times a day or more.
  • I live in a GMT+8 timezone (which is 13 hours ahead of EST now. My night is your day. I’m snoozing while you’re working)

As a result, it’s not uncommon to wake up to 500+ tweets during the 6 hours I’m sleeping.

Particularly today, my machine crawled to a grinding crawl, and pulling up the Windows Task Manager (hit alt-ctrl-delete to see this):

tweetdeck memory leak

Coming in at #1, TweetDeck with a pretty monstrous 334 MB of memory usage (followed by Firefox where I had about 30 tabs open).

And a screenshot a few minutes later:

tweetdeck memory leak

So I’ve had to shut TweetDeck down, as almost every other application was pretty unusable.

Dave Davis AKA RedFly mentioned that TweetDeck’s memory leak issue had been Dugg (the orig post has since been removed) though I found another blog post mentioning the leak.

There’s speculation that the Adobe AIR runtime is responsible for the memory leak. Others are saying TweetDeck is the culprit.

With some probing, I saw mentions on the TweetDeck posterous/wall/blog or on TweetDeck founder/developer Iain Dodsworth’s twitter stream.

In response to a user’s complaint that TweetDeck had swallowed 1.4 GB of ram, Iain responded: “yep will fix ASAP – in meantime just restart app to release memory and go back to starting memory usage amount”

Iain has also mentioned incremental upgrades are on the way with a major release scheduled soon. Hopefully, Iain will kill the memory problem dead.

I still think TweetDeck is still the best fraking Twitter app out there, especially if you’re following more than 50 twitter users. The memory leak issue should be addressed soon.


Update: If you leave TweetDeck on 24-7, it looks like you can keep a maximum of 500 backlogged/unread tweets, so there is a buffer for 500 tweets. As new ones come on, the old ones fall off your viewable page.


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51 comments on TweetDeck Users Read This…

  1. Corey
    February 24, 2009 at 11:24 pm (4348 days ago)

    Yeah, I’ve noticed that mine is pulling some major memory usage, I’m on a Mac though.

  2. kerry
    February 25, 2009 at 12:26 am (4348 days ago)

    Andrew like you I so dig the Tweetdeck, the expanded functionality it offers makes it the perfect twitter resource.

    However and it’s a big however.

    I’m absolutely convinced it skips loads of tweets and combined with the resource hogging, I find myself looking for alternatives.

  3. Chris Jacobson
    February 25, 2009 at 1:30 am (4348 days ago)

    Wow, that’s quite the excessive load on your system resources. I just started using TweetDeck, but haven’t come across that problem. Probably because I shut it down during the night.

  4. Logan
    February 25, 2009 at 1:46 am (4348 days ago)

    I am seeing the same thing. I love TweetDeck but it has definitely made a negative difference on my computer performance.

  5. Dragon Blogger
    February 25, 2009 at 6:57 am (4347 days ago)

    I had done a similar post last month, after leaving my tweetdeck open for 12 hours it had consumed 400mb of ram on me. The program keeps so many “Follower History” it never has a limit.

    The new version you can actually specify a limit, which should keep ram utilization down when you leave it open.

  6. Andy
    February 25, 2009 at 5:27 pm (4347 days ago)

    I love TweetDeck, but sometimes it freezes for about 10 sec and you can’t do anything with it. When you are multitasking and you have respond a tweet quickly and switch to another thing it drives my nuts.

    oh! check out my twitter plug-in for IE

  7. Domain Superstar
    February 27, 2009 at 6:49 am (4345 days ago)

    Good post. I just received an IM from someone recommending TweetDeck and I am glad that I saw this. Thanks.

  8. Anita
    March 25, 2009 at 11:58 am (4319 days ago)

    I started TweetDeck, TweetDeck was the only thing running in front, it crashed and my laptop will not start again! Any help greatly appreciated. First crash for the laptop, btw. I wish I had kept Twitter in FF… :-(

  9. Andrew Wee
    March 25, 2009 at 4:22 pm (4319 days ago)

    I’d suggest starting your laptop in safemode and troubleshooting from there.

    I don’t believe it should have any fatal consequences, cos it’s just an Adobe AIR app.

    Using Twitter in FF only lets you follow up to 10-20 people effectively, so you’ve still made the right choice.

    You might also like to run an anti-spyware/anti-virus prog to see if your other surfing has affected the system.

  10. Carl Britton
    March 28, 2009 at 2:52 am (4317 days ago)

    I have been using Tweekdeck for a few months without any problems but when I tried to install the update it caused a BSOD. I uninstalled the old version and uninstalled my AV software but nothing seems to work. Every time I try to install I get a BSOD. Any ideas??

    Running on Vista Business 32bit.

  11. Ian - Marketing Difference
    September 28, 2009 at 5:05 pm (4132 days ago)

    TweetDeck causes everything to grind to a halt on my PC. I don’t have the newest of PCs so I’m on the look out for alternatives possibly web based.

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