September 10th, 2011
May 22nd, 2008
A few weeks ago, I blogged about putting Twitter in Firefox’s Sidebar, using the mobile version of the microblogging site. I have since changed to a much better Twitter client for my sidebar, namely Hahlo, a Twitter client designed for the iPhone.
Hahlo is superior in functionality to the mobile version of Twitter, its biggest strength is that it automatically refreshes to reveal new tweets. Along with that, it is much nicer to look at.
To add Hahlo to your Firefox Sidebar, drag the following link to your Bookmark Toolbar.
Right-click on the newly created bookmark. Select Properties. Check the Load this bookmark in the sidebar checkbox. Click the Save Changes button.
Launch Hahlo from the bookmark. Login using your Twitter username and password and you’re good to go.
April 27th, 2008
I use Twitter quite a bit to keep up with the rest of the Tech-Recipes crew. Since I always have my Firefox browser open, it is beneficial to run Twitter in my browser’s sidebar. That way I post a quick tweet without having to leave the page that I am on. Placing Twitter in Firefox’s sidebar is simple, just follow these steps:
1. Open Firefox.
2. Go to the menu, click Bookmarks and select Organize Bookmarks.
3. In the right pane, select Bookmarks Menu.
4. Click the Organize button at the top of the window, and select New Bookmark.
5. In the Name textbox, input Twitter.
6. In the Location textbox, input http://m.twitter.com/home.
7. Check the Load this bookmark in the sidebar checkbox.
8. Click the Add button.
9. Close the Library window.
Now go select your newly created bookmark. When the page loads in the sidebar, login to your account and your ready to go. Twitter’s page for mobile browsers is an excellent fit in Firefox’s sidebar.
March 4th, 2008
This one is for the command line junkies out there. By using cURL ( a client for getting files from servers), you can easily post your tweets to Twitter from the terminal window.
To install cURL:
- Open a terminal window.
- Execute the following Terminal command:
sudo apt-get install curl
- Input the administrative password.
With cURL installed, you can post to Twitter from the terminal window by using the following syntax:
|curl -u yourusername:yourpassword -d status=”Your Message Here” http://twitter.com/statuses/update.xml|
You will receive a response containing the XML coding for your post which acts as a confirmation that your post was submitted.
October 10th, 2007
You can now follow the Tech-Recipes community on the popular microblog Twitter. If you are already registered with Twitter, just go to http://twitter.com/techrecipes and click the Follow button. By following us on Twitter, you will be kept updated of all new tutorials as well as any new articles on the Tech-Recipes blogs. Big thanks to Davak for getting this up and going for us.
You can also follow these Tech-Recipe members:
- davak – Editor and uber tutorial writer.
- qmchenry – Editor and promoter of all things that are Apple. http://www.twitter.com/qmchenry
- seamonkey420 – tutorial writer and gadget freak. http://www.twitter.com/seamonkey420
- and little old me.
September 29th, 2007
If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2003 or 2007 as your email client, you are but a download and an install away from making it your Twitter client as well. TechHit.com, a maker of utilites and add-ons for Outlook, has produced OutTwit to perform your Twitter needs.
First, download the OutTwit Setup executable from TechHit.com. Install the add-on.
Now, open up Outlook and you will find a Twitter addition to your menu bar. To configure the settings, click the OutTwit button and select Options.
Input your Twitter user name and password in the designated textboxes. Then set how often you want to check for new Twitter messages. Next, select the folder that you want the Tweets delivered to (I recommend that you create a new folder that is to be strictly used for your incoming tweets). You can also assign an Outlook category to the tweets. Click OK when you have finished.
Once your Twitter messages start arriving, they will show up in the same fashion as incoming email messages:
Opening the messages will display something like this:
September 25th, 2007
For the time being, the search capability within Twitter itself is quite limited as you can only search for users. However, I came across a couple of sites that allow you to perform searches on the tweets.
The first one I came across is Terraminds micro search. This is a great search application for performing search queries on Twitter updates. Simply input a term to search for and click the search in updates button.
You will presented with a result set of all tweets over the last month that contain the term you are searching for. That term will be bolded in each tweet:
By modifying our search to @username (in this example @shamanstears), we can pull up replies to a particular user.
After you have found the result set you are looking for, click the rss link and you will get the address to add to your feedreader. This way you can stay updated on all tweets that match your search criteria.
The other site that caught my attention is buzztter. This site focuses on searching for buzzwords or phrases. Simply input the term or phrase you are searching for and click the search button.
The result set will look something like this:
July 10th, 2007
If you have a data plan on your cell phone, you can utilize EQO Mobile to post to Twitter instead of relying on SMS and possibly racking up some unnecessary charges for texting.
First, you’ll need to set things up so that you can use the Google Talk protocol with Twitter, see the tutorial for doing this here.
Once that is done, fire up EQO Mobile. After you have added your Google Talk account, you will see the user email@example.com.
Start a chat session with firstname.lastname@example.org so you can create your Twitter posting.
Once you have finished typing your post, click Send. The message will show up in the message window.
Now go to Twitter and you will see your post in all of its glory.