How To Block All Mention Of The US 2016 Elections From Your Twitter Feed [Chrome]

The US 2016 presidential elections have been very heated. Some of the candidates that are currently running are often at the center of one controversial statement or the other. We'd say more but Season 20 of South Park will probably say it better. Everything to do with this election seems to turn into a loud heated argument that is bound to lose you friends. If you're sick of the constant stream of people and news outlets discussing the upcoming US elections then Make Twitter Great Again is a Chrome extension you should check out. It hides all US 2016 election tweets from your timeline. The tweets still appear but the text is all replaced with the place holder sentence, 'This text is about USA election 2016'. Read More

How To Turn On Night Mode In The Twitter App

Night mode is a feature in iOS that tints the screen a warmer  color so that it's easier on the eyes at night. The point of the feature is to prevent your phone's blinding blue/white screen from keeping you up. The warmer colors make it easier to go to sleep. While it's great, it might not be the kind of night mode users want. Night mode for some users means a dedicated color theme that will make an app easier to look at when it is dark. The color theme is supposed to make browsing easier as opposed to help you sleep better. There are rumors that a 'dark mode' will be added to iOS 10 but Twitter isn't going to wait around for that to happen, if indeed it does. As f a recent update, Twitter has added a Night Mode to its iOS app that tints the white UI a nice dark blue-grey making it easier to scroll through your feed in the wee hours of the night. Here's how to enable it. Read More

How To Add Stickers To Photos In Twitter For iOS And Android

Twitter has just introduced stickers to its iOS and Android apps. The stickers can be added to photos that you're tweeting. The feature mimics Facebook's feature of the same name that even has its own stand alone app. The feature is rolling out slowly as the updated app is made available to different regions and isn't available yet on the web interface but likely will be added to it like the GIF feature was. Here's how it works. Read More

How To Collect Useful Tweets So You Can Easily Find Them Later [iOS]

Twitter has borrowed some of Facebook's features in the past, the most recent of which was replacing the 'Favorite' button with the 'Like' button. The changes the network makes are often functional and or UI ones but rarely is a new feature introduced. If there were a wishlist of features that Twitter ought to introduce, something akin to Facebook's Save feature should be on it. It allows users to save interesting content to their Facebook account and has been expanded to work outside of Facebook as well. For now, Twitter users can only 'Like' or retweet a tweet if they want to be able to find it again but the tweets you've liked can be difficult to search through as time passes. Charm is free iOS app that works much like Pocket but is exclusively for saving tweets. Tweets can be saved from inside the Twitter app via the Charm app's extension. You can group them together into collections and revisit them whenever you want. Read More

Copy Users From A Public Twitter List To Your Own List

You can group Twitter users into lists so that it's easier to manage and keep up with updates from one specific group. If you follow a large number of people on Twitter and the contents of their tweets vary in subject then a list will help you keep up with news in a much more organized manner. A Twitter user can make a list and set it to be either public or private. A public list is one that anyone else can subscribe to. This lets users forgo the time needed to compile their own list and they can instead just use the one others have made. Twitter List Copy is a free web app that lets you copy users from any public Twitter list to your own Twitter list. Read More

Cast Your YouTube, Twitter, And Reddit Feed To Chromecast [Android]

A while back we reviewed an Android app called Trending Videos Cast that searched for trending videos on YouTube and other popular media channels. It then cast those videos to your Chromecast saving you the trouble of finding and queuing them yourself. The app, as we noted in our review, left much to be desired for but was nevertheless a pretty good concept. Scarlett for Chromecast is a free Android app that addresses many of the areas where Trending Videos Cast was lacking. Apart from the much more sleek and clean interface, the app can connect with your YouTube and Twitter accounts and display the feed from each one. It can also cast videos popular on Reddit and comes with a nice dashboard for when the app is idle. Read More

How To Add Alt Text To An Image On Twitter

A large volume of media is shared on Twitter daily. It may not come close to rivaling Facebook in terms of images shared but images are nevertheless a very popular way of sharing content. Twitter expanded its image sharing capabilities by allowing users to share up to four images at once and even letting them search for and add GIFs to a tweet from inside the mobile apps. The latest improvement made for image sharing on the platform is the ability to add alt text to an image when it's tweeted. The feature is meant to help users with visual impairments make sense of images they come across in their timelines. Of course, people have to add an ALT text to an image in order for anyone with an impairment to take advantage of it. Here's how you can enable and use the feature. Read More

How To Turn On/Off Best Tweets From Appearing First On Twitter

Twitter isn't useful unless you follow at least fifty very active accounts that interest you. The problem is, the more accounts you follow, the more likely you are to miss tweets by them. Your feed can quickly get cluttered to the point that you're struggling to keep up with information that is being shared. The 'While you were away' tweets that Twitter introduced back in January 2015 help you see what some accounts tweeted out while you were inactive but last month, Twitter introduced a new feature called 'Best Tweets' that will show you the most popular tweets from everyone you follow at the top of your feed. Here's how to turn it On/Off. Read More

How To Search For And Add GIFs In The Twitter Mobile App

Twitter has long supported the ability to play GIFs. You can tweet a GIF image and it will play in the timeline on both the desktop and the mobile apps. Likewise, you can link to a GIF and it will play. Unlike Facebook, Twitter has been very accommodating of this particular image format and it's been likewise used on it excessively. As of a recent update to Twitter, you can now search for and tweet GIFs from inside the mobile apps. Here's how. Read More

Set An Out Of Office Reply For Your Twitter Account

Twitter accounts of large brands are maintained by a team of people. It allows them to maintain an always active presence on social media. If you, as an individual, use Twitter to engage with potential customers, clients, or industry peers, you know that it too requires you to remain active on Twitter for extended periods of time. On Twitter, prompt replies are what get conversations going. It's also normal to close Twitter and not stay active on the site since it means getting little to no work done otherwise. OOOTwitter is a simple web app that lets you set an out of office message for Twitter. You can set it up to activate after a certain number of hours and to remain active for as long as you need. When someone  tweets at you, it replies with an auto message that you have set in advance. Read More

Read Trending News From Around The World With Moments By Twitter

News is what compelled me to join Twitter; it's a place where news breaks fast and you don't have to go searching for it too much. People you follow talk about trending news, the hashtags find related conversations, and every breakthrough or update finds you itself. Ideally, this is pretty great but it relies on two very unpredictable factors; the people you follow and the hashtags that are being used. It's perfectly normal to open Twitter, see a whole bunch of trending hashtags and have no clue what they're related to. Finding the right tweet, one that explains what the tag signifies takes time and the people you follow may actually make it worse if they misinterpret it. Basically you've got Twitter which is a great place for news but then you've got hashtags and trends that can create a lot of confusion. Moments is Twitter's attempt at fixing all this; it's a new feature introduced by the service on both its web version, and mobile apps that shows you trending stories from four different categories. Read More

How To Search Profiles Of The People You Follow On Twitter

When I first started using Twitter, I didn't get it. It was annoying and it took me a little time to learn to appreciate the great one-liners people shared and also the very comprehensive information and live news that people shared as they experienced events. It took time because I had to find the right people to follow. It started with news agencies, parody accounts, and then expanded to include some great people in the tech industry. Since then, every Twitter account I follow is, to me, a great find. That said, it's hard to remember who I follow and these are people or companies I know almost only through their Twitter profiles. Here's how you can search the profiles of people you follow on Twitter when you need to find someone quickly. Read More

How To Embed A Video From Twitter To Your Website

Twitter has always supported embedding for tweets. The embed code adds a nice card to your website which updates to show the number of times the embedded tweet has been favorited and retweeted. Any images that have been tweeted appear in said card as well and now Twitter has added video embedding to its interface. Any video that you've tweeted or that has been tweeted publicly can now be embedded directly. Here's how. Read More

Select Which Image Will Appear When You Tweet A Link

If you share links on Facebook and/or Google Plus, both will automatically extract the best image from the link to serve as a thumbnail or preview of what you're sharing. The image that is automatically picked is the best size to serve as a preview but you can cycle through the different images available on the link and pick a different one to serve as the preview. It's a pretty good feature that allows anyone sharing content to promote it more easily. Twitter unfortunately doesn't have anything similar and it will pick link preview thumbnails itself. Tweetshot is an amazing little service that lets you tweet a link and pick which image is used as the preview. You aren't restricted to the image appearing at the link itself; you can upload an image from your desktop (like you can on Facebook), or you can add an image from a URL. Read More

Postify: Schedule Facebook & Twitter Posts, And Set Them To Republish [Web]

Try as much as you can, but avoiding social media isn't something you can do and it isn't smart to try. It's smarter to try and manage social media more efficiently because that's how you actually get anything out of it. There is a myriad of tools available to help you manage multiple social media accounts; some simple, some complex, some that support an army of these networks, while others that cater only to the more popular ones. Postify is one such service that lets you schedule posts to Twitter and Facebook for free. You can schedule up to ten posts and it supports multiple Twitter accounts in addition to letting you manage Facebook pages. Read More

Hashtagger: Search Hashtags On Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus

Twitter is what made hashtags matter and as far as finding any relevant, consolidated information on an event is concerned, Twitter is still in the lead. Of course, following the success of hashtags and subsequently of Twitter Trends, Facebook and Google Plus decided they were worth having around. We can't say that hashtags have been just as successful on these two networks but people do use them. Hashtagger is an Android app that lets you search hashtags on the three major social networks; Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus. You can view trending hashtags and save your searches. Read More

Floata: Add A Floating Button To Your Screen To Tweet From Any App

I’m no Twitter junkie, but I’m absurdly picky when it comes to mobile apps that are created for it. Since the humble beginnings of Android, I’ve seen plenty of 3rd party Twitter clients making their way to the Google Play Store. That probably means that the competition is tough for new developers to bring something fresh to the table which can enhance your Twitter usage besides offering something unique. Floata is just that app which I found particularly helpful if you need to tweet something quickly whenever, wherever you want. Because, unlike traditional Twitter applications, Floata can float over other apps, allowing you to access it by simply tapping on its miniscule icon. Read More

Tweet Balloon Lets You View Timelines As An Overlay On Your Homescreen

Twitter apps in the Google Play Store are plenty, some are truly amazing and others not so much. If you aren't using the official Twitter app, you have a huge selection of unofficial ones to choose from. Tweet Balloon is a Twitter app available in the Google Play Store. Like any Twitter app, it lets you read your tweets, view your mentions, direct messages, pretty much standard stuff. What sets it apart is the little balloon widget that comes with it. The balloon widget works a lot like Facebook chat heads and that's exactly what the balloon resembles (except that it's a balloon). This balloon is why you would want the app; it snaps to the edge of your screen and when you tap it, it brings up your timeline as an overlay on your phone's home screen. You can snap the balloon back to a side of your screen to dismiss it. Read More

Pin Tweets With The New Twitter Profile Now Available For All

We’ve been hearing a lot about the new Twitter profiles which resemble Facebook profiles and they are now available for all users. The new Twitter profile is indeed similar to what Facebook has to offer with a larger cover picture dubbed the header photo. There is also an interesting new feature that lets you pin a tweet to the top of your profile that's rolled out with the redesign. For now you can opt in to the new profile view but there is no option to opt out of it. If you make the switch, it’s permanent though we’ll be exploring options for reverting it back to the old design, or opting out after opting in to the new design, in the coming days. The love/hate for the new design aside, inew feature for pinning a tweet to the top of your profile has potential and we've detailed how you can pin a tweet as well as ways that it can be used by individuals and brands alike. Read More

Feedient Lets You View Your Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter Feeds In One Place

Desktop apps that let you view feeds from different social media accounts aren't rare but if you want something that can run in your browser, Feedient might be the answer. It's a web app that connects with your Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts (YouTube coming soon) and lets you view feeds from all of them. Apart from Instagram, you can also post to your account and interact with the content e.g. reply to a comment or tweet. The app gives you a nice column view for each account and the columns can be moved around to suit your preference. The interface is nice and clean and seemingly free of bugs. Feedient is currently in closed beta but you can sign up for the service and a code should be in your inbox in a week or so. Read More