Android has its GTalk integration and Windows Phone 7 comes with Facebook chat interlaced with text messages in the Mango update. So it was about time iOS came up with something of its own. The largest remaining platform was Twitter, and Apple wasted no time in seizing the opportunity by the throat. iOS 5 comes with amazing Twitter integration. There is almost no part of the OS from where and about which, you can not tweet, and the best part is that you don’t even have to go to any Twitter app or a separate section of the operating system in order to tweet. You can tweet photos, videos, webpage links and locations from almost anywhere in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch if its running iOS 5. How exactly? You can find out after the break.
One of the features in Mango that users were really looking forward to is Twitter integration. We even included the feature in our list of 10 amazing new features in Mango
. If you are still wondering what the fuss is all about, you are probably still on Nodo, waiting for your carrier to roll out the update for you. You can update right now using our guide to force-update to Mango
. Once your eyes have adjusted to the dazzling shine of the update, you might notice a tiny little bug. Most users are experiencing problems with Twitter integration. But worry no more, here’s a complete guide to linking your Twitter account to your Windows Phone 7 device.
Twitter may not have been the first micro blogging service but it certainly is the most popular and it’s getting better everyday. Whether it is because of third party services or its own features that, the site nevertheless offers a lot for micro bloggers. Frtr.me is a web service that lets micro bloggers make and upload videos of 1 minute each and share them on Twitter and offers unlimited storage. Videos can be deleted any time from your account. Read More
There are some Twitter clients which are widely used in Ubuntu, such as Gwibber and TweetDeck. However, if you are looking for a minimalist Twitter client with complete Twitter integration, then you might fall in love with Hotot
. It is an open source Twitter client build using Python which has an interface like an iPhone or Android app. Despite its minimalist look it comes with advanced features, such as, Socks Proxy and HTTP proxy support, native notification system support for Gnome and KDE desktop environments, an extension framework to allow third-party extensions and an app-indicator menu. All options appear in a clean and uncluttered interface with compact drop down menus and buttons for accessing options.
The Android Market is filled with apps (free and paid) that let you backup and remotely access your phone’s content, help tracking/securing your device when it is misplaced and offer various privacy settings to ensure that both your device and the data lying within is always safe from prying eyes. To avail so many features at once, you are often required to install multiple apps. However, if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution, then you must consider using Total SMS Control
. Apart from the aforementioned functionality, the app offers a few handy new features of its own, such as automatically forwarding incoming SMS to Twitter as Direct Messages, remotely backing up and forwarding call logs and texts to email and more. Read More
There are multiple ways of sharing music on Twitter; popular music streaming services allows you to tweet what you’re listening and a vast majority of Twitter users share music via YouTube. If you’ve ever just wanted to share a song from YouTube but not the video, you can use Crunch.fm
. It’s a free web service that searches for songs from YouTube, extracts and plays the audio only and lets you share it on Twitter. The service lets you search by either the artist name or the song. The artist search will turn up any random song by the artist.
iOS has the privilege of having the biggest app collection among all mobile platforms. App Store is regarded as the
hub for launching most new ideas and innovations. This accounts for the staggering 450,000+ apps available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. But every coin has two sides. There is also a drawback to this kind of variety available in the App Store. For one thing, you might get lost in the sea of apps while trying to find something you really need, or a really good new app could fail to make its mark because of the sheer number of competitors present in the Store. Kinetik
is a friend to all such apps as, in addition to keeping you upraised with apps that are currently hot in the market, it introduces you to apps that your friends find handy.
What trends on Twitter doesn’t always make sense; if you gained a follower every time #whyimsingle trended on Twitter, you might just make it to the top 100 most popular people on Twitter (estimate is based on the level of annoyance with the #whyimsingle trend). While a lot of weird things might trend on the popular micro blogging site, some trends are worth paying attention to, particularly if they might have entertaining or informational content (images or videos) associated with them. TwitTV
is a free web service that filters videos from tweets about trending topics and lets you view them easily. You can switch to the next video associated with a trend, switch to viewing videos for another trend and view trending videos for different regions (restricted to regions that Twitter supports Trends for).
If you are an avid sports fan like me who always wants to stay as close to the gaming action as possible, then SportCaster
could be your perfect companion. Scores, stats and rankings are just for the news. Hardcore sports fans love to ‘live’ their games, players and teams. They always want to ‘be in the game’ and know what’s going through the minds of the players, coaches and fans before, during and after each game. For Android users, SportCaster app combines the best of both worlds: conventional sports coverage complemented with live tweets from players and sports personalities. With SportCaster, you can stay in touch with updated news, scores and standings of your favorite sports (NFL, NCAA Football, Basketball, Hockey and Baseball) and also get an insight of your favorite sports stars in real-time via live tweets.
Hooked to multiple social networks? Looking for a simple method to post status updates to all of them at once? While you may find plenty of solutions in the Android Market that help you with achieving said purpose effectively, few would come across as simple and effective as SocialBlast
- a free Android app that lets you quickly post status updates, share images and check-in to various social networking services in one go. No need to login to separate services to update your status. The app supports adding multiple accounts from a particular service and lets you sync your account(s) manually.
You may be on Twitter for a lot of reasons and if one of those reasons is to find new or underground artists and music, Serendip
is a web application that will help you keep up with the music being shared in your news stream. The apps filters links from YouTube from everyone you follow on Twitter. You can then stream those songs in the app; mute the people you don’t like and applaud the ones that you do.
Twitter is micro blogging service where you can post tweets in 140 characters or less and that’s about all you get no matter what it is you want to share. While you can in effect share anything you want on Twitter, it has to be hosted elsewhere online and often using a third party. So if you want to share videos or images off the fly, you’ve got sites like Picasa or YouTube but if you’ve got a Dropbox account and you use either Chrome or Firefox, you can share files directly from the web interface using Pigeon Carrier
; an extension that adds any file attachments to your Tweets by uploading them to you’re Public files folder in Dropbox and adding the link to your Tweet.
Apart from the customary modding, hacking and mass customization of the overall layout of the entire firmware, one thing that parts Android from the rest of the competition is the ability to make the home screen more productive by installing widgets pertaining to a certain app. These widgets come in all shapes, sizes, colors and functionality. Android Pro Widgets
is a comprehensive set of customizable, skinnable widgets for your contacts, calendar, bookmarks, messaging, Facebook and Twitter etc. Each widget supports ample customization options and packs multiple features that allow you to easily access/manage your tasks, bookmarks, contacts and social media buddies . Moreover, auto-update interval can be set for each widget and updates can be delayed while your phone is in sleep mode.
Have you ever come across a website that had great content but for some reason lacked something very basic like an RSS feed? It may seem hard to imagine that a good site would lack this essential feature but it can happen nonetheless and that makes it difficult to monitor a site for changes. Page2Rss
is a Chrome extension that allows you to monitor web pages that lack an RSS feed by creating a feed link for them that you can add to Google Reader, Yahoo and Twitter.
Pout as much as you want or call it useless and no fun; Instagram is still just an iPhone owners club and it isn’t likely to get a web interface any time soon. Though there have been several services that let you connect your Instagram account and view the photos online, the bottom line is you still need an Instagram account to do that. PicYou
is a web service that touts itself as the Instagram for the web, it allows you to upload photos either from your hard drive or from a URL, add effects to them and share them on Facebook. Read More
Twitter, for most of the internet users out there, is way more than just a micro-blogging service. It is a means to stay up-to-date with whatever you are following on Twitter. Be it a celebrity, an organization, your friends, a blog or whatever, Twitter provides you with a means to satiate your appetite of staying informed by-the-minute. While most casual users would settle for the official or any of the third-party Twitter client to sneak peek into their Twitter world, there are several hardcore Twitter fans out there who'd be craving for some more. For such user, how about getting your Twitter timeline streamed in real time on your Android home screen? Yes, this is possible through TwiLPaper
– a free Android Live Wallpaper that reads tweets from your Twitter account and displays them on your home screen in a scrollable window. To test out how TwiLPaper works, you can write new tweets on your account and see them streamed live on your Android home screen.
Twitter has finally come to Windows Phone 7, and as that was the feature that many people have been looking forward to for quite a while, there was understandably a lot of excitement. However a lot of eyebrows were raised when it was found out that you can use Twitter in your Mango phone, but Microsoft forgot to put in Twitter contact integration.Or did they? Actually the answer is No, they did not overlook that. You can in fact import your contacts from Twitter just like you can do with your Facebook friends. The method isn’t very intuitive or efficient but if you really want those contacts imported, then read on.
Every character counts on Twitter because you only get to type 140 of them. There are services that let you enter longer tweets but what they essentially do is add a link to your tweet where followers can see the rest of it. Under these restrictions, using symbols or special characters to get your message across in 140 characters or less is one good way to do it and also to make your tweet more interesting. Twitter Symbols is a web app that lets you enter symbols and characters by tweeting from its platform. Read More
There are multiple services that let you create and share playlists on Facebook but there aren’t as many that let you do the same on Twitter. Tunebirds
is one of the more simpler and easier to use services that is geared exclusively towards sharing music on Twitter. The service’s interface is aptly similar to the twitter interface. You can search songs and create a complete playlist or share them individually.
You might be one among many others to join in on Google Plus but leaving your Facebook world behind might not be so easy especially if all or most of your friends have remained faithful to it. People have of course realized that until the social network scale shifts either in favor of Facebook or Google+, users will want to integrate their lives such that they can keep up with both. Start G+
is a Chrome extension that integrates your Facebook and Twitter feed in your Google stream and lets you post updates to either or both from your Google+ page. It also makes sure you know when you’ve got new mail by adding a notification next to the Gmail link in the Google bar. As an added feature, the developer’s site also provides an effective method for importing Facebook albums to Google+.