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Using Third-Party Applications for Twitter

Added by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN , last edited by LAURA NICOLE MASSARO KAUFFMAN on Jan 05, 2010 13:45


Using Third-Party Applications for Twitter

You can tweet , or send a twitter message by logging into twitter's web page, or through third party applications or Firefox extensions.  Twitterers who stick to it rarely use the Twitter Website because you'd have to stay on the page and constantly refresh to see what your friends are saying.

Instead, try installing Twhirl, TweetDeck, or using the Twitbin extension for Firefox.

 

Twhirl

TweetDeck

Twitbin

System Requirements

  • Mac or PC
  • No Browser Needed
  • Install Privileges Needed
  • Mac or PC
  • No Browser Needed
  • Install Privileges Needed
  • Mac or PC
  • Firefox Only
  • Privileges Not Needed (Browser Add-on)

Learning Curve

  • Simple.
  • Challenging.
  • Moderate.

Features

  • IM/Chat single column-style
  • Buttons toggle views from all friends' tweets to replies, direct messages, search terms, etc.
  • Buttons toggle between single column IM/Chat-style and a multiple-column dashboard
  • Mulitple columns filter views into all friends' tweets to replies, direct messages, search terms, etc.
  • Add custom groups/lists.
  • Add multiple accounts, including Facebook and MySpace.
  • IM/Chat single column-style
  • Tabs toggle views from all friends' tweets to replies, direct messages, search terms, etc.
  • Add tabs for groups of up to 5 people.

Pros

  • Simple, not browser or OS-dependent
  • Helps filter and visualize tweets.
  • Streamlines updating across multiple Twitter, Facebook, and/or MySpace accounts.
  • Helps filter tweets.
  • Doesn't require admin privileges to install.

Cons

  • Need premissions to install.
  • Unable to add multiple accounts.
  • Need permission to install.
  • Steeper learning curve.
  • Must use Firefox & keep browser open and maximized on machine to view updates.
  • Unable to add multiple accounts.

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Installing Twhirl

Twhirl is a third-party application works for both Mac and Windows. To install and use it, do the following:

  1. If you don't already have Adobe AIR, you need to download and install it first. Go to http://get.adobe.com/air.
  2. Click Download Now and follow the instructions to install the application immediately.
  3. Go to http://www.twhirl.org.
  4. Click Download to download the application and save it to a location you'll remember.
  5. Go to the location where Twhirl has downloaded, click on the file, and run the install.
  6. Once Twhirl has been installed, run it.
  7. Under Accounts→Twitter→Enter screen name, enter your Twitter Username and click the plus sign (+) .
  8. Your Twitter Username will now appear in the list of accounts on the left. Click on it and click Connect.
  9. A new Twhirl window pops up prompting you for your Password, you can also check to have Twhirl remember my password before you click Login
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    Note: If you share a workstation you may not want to do this.

  10. Once you login, another window pops up for your Twitter/Twhirl session. This window works like an IM or chat session. Just type in a message and click your Enter/Return key and watch your message join the stream of tweets in the conversation above.
  11. Use the buttons below the white text field to change views of tweets:
    • Home button - everyone you follow
    • Replies button - people you mention you using the "@" symbol
    • Directs button - people tweet directly to you privately using "d "
    • Favorites button - tweets you designate as favorites
    • Search button - all public tweets that include your search term(s)
  12. Use the icons on the profile pictures corresponding to each tweet to reply, direct message, retweet, etc.

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Installing TweetDeck

TweetDeck is also third-party application works for both Mac and Windows. To install and use it, do the following:

  1. If you don't already have Adobe AIR, you need to download and install it first. Go to http://get.adobe.com/air.
  2. Click Download now, it's free and follow the instructions to install the application immediately.
  3. Go to http://tweetdeck.com.
  4. Click Install Latest Update to download the application and save it to a location you'll remember.
  5. Go to the location where TweetDeck has downloaded, click on the file, and run the install.
  6. Once TweetDeck has been installed, run it.  The Welcome dialog appears.
  7. Begin clicking Add a Twitter account.  (You may choose to add Facebook and MySpace accounts later if you wish to view/update statuses from all of these via TweetDeck.)
  8. Enter Twitter Username and Twitter Password.  Then click Submit.
  9. You have the option to create a TweetDeck account, or Skip This Step.  You can take a tour of options or click Get Started and Finish.
  10. Once you login, Tweetdeck has several columns:
    • All Friends - everyone you follow
    • Mentions - people who mention you using the "@" symbol
    • Direct messages - people tweet directly to you privately using "d "
  11. You can also add your own columns by clicking the Add Column button ( + ):
    • Search - all public tweets (even people you are not following) that include your search term(s)
    • Groups/Lists - a subset of people or lists of people you follow (Ex: Penn State people, knitters, librarians, edtech, cms, etc.)
    • Core - special columns such as New Followers, Favorite tweets, recommendations, etc.
  12. If you need to reduce the columns back to an IM/chat-style interface, click the single column view button on the upper right-hand corner.
  13. Click the settings button in the upper right-hand corner to make additional recommended adjustments:
    1. Under General, check Show preview information for short URLs so that you know exactly where you click.
    2. Under Notifications, toggle Detail on until it says Detail off; toggle Summary on until it says Summary off; and click the mute button on the Notification sound so that you are not distracted by constant tweeting.
    3. Under Accounts, you may add Add New Account if you would like to add an additional Twitter, Facebook, or MySpace account.
    4. Click Save Settings.
  14. To enter an update, or tweet, toggle the Compose/Update button on the left, type your message and press ENTER.
  15. Use the icons on the profile pictures corresponding to each tweet to reply, direct message, retweet, etc.

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Installing Twitbin

If you don't have administrative access to your machine and you use Firefox, you may want to try Twitbin instead of Twhirl. Twitbin is a Firefox extension that allows you to tweet from a pane in your browser window. To install and use Twitbin, do the following:

  1. Open your Firefox browser and go to https://addons.mozilla.org.
  2. Type Twitbin into the search box, and Search.
  3. To install Twitbin, you will need to click Add to Firefox, Accept and Install, and Install. You will need to restart Firefox (close all Firefox tabs and windows).
  4. When Firefox restarts, you will see a little bird icon on your toolbar. Click the Twitbin icon and a new pane appears in your browser.
  5. Click the Login icon in this pane to logon with your Twitter Username and Password. Then click the Login button.
  6. Click the Preferences icon to set your preferences:
    • Set your Listing Type.
    • Set Auto-refresh rate.
    • Save Prefs.
  7. The white field at the top allows you to tweet. Type your tweet in it and click your Enter/Return key. The conversations below are the tweets you follow.
  8. Use the tabs below the white field to change views of tweets:
    • FRIENDS - everyone you follow
    • @ - people you mention you using the "@" symbol
    • D - people tweet directly to you privately using "d "
    • ? - tweets you designate as favorites
    • PUBLIC - all public tweets (even people you are not following)
    • TABS - each tab represents a group of up to 5 people you follow (Ex: knittinggroup, PSUlibrarians, etc.)
    • SEARCH - all public tweets that include your search term(s)
  9. Use the icons on the profile pictures corresponding to each tweet to reply, direct message, retweet, etc.

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