Get Chrome Desktop Alerts For Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & YouTube

A while ago, we reviewed Chime - a Chrome extension that connects with your personal accounts on multiple social networks and gives you notifications for any activity. Chime stands out for two reasons: its gorgeous interface, and the multitude of services that it supports. The Notifications for everything is a Chrome extension that does something similar but supports fewer services and slightly greater customization. Chime kept a historical record of activity in your different account while The Notifications for everything is like the notification system that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube lack. You can select which of the four mentioned services you want to receive notifications for, start receiving desktop notifications for them or simply view them on the extension’s icon. Read More

How To Use Vine’s New Sharing & Embedding Options

Since its release, Vine has enjoyed a decent run, but it hasn't become as big as Instagram or some of the other older services available to smartphone users yet. There might be other factors involved as well, but Vine’s absence on Android and its lack of easy sharing options has certainly hindered the app from becoming even more popular than it currently is. Twitter finally seems to have realized this, and decided to do something about it. No, there is still no Android app but starting today, you can conveniently share any public Vine post with your social network. In addition, users can also embed Vine videos into websites now. This means any of these popular six-second animations can now be shared via social media, email or on any third-party website with ease. Read More

Chrome Extensions To Make Viewing Twitter Images & Videos Easier

Very few people use Twitter’s web interface. Some need support for multiple accounts, other want to schedule tweets; some like to automate and filter tweets in their feed, while others just look for simpler features like the ability to edit a tweet before retweeting it. Twitter itself isn't very nice to third party clients and with its mounting list of restrictions, you might find yourself forced to use the web interface. One of the shortcomings you will come across on Twitter’s web interface is the image viewer. You can no longer see previews for Instagram images in tweets, and that's only the beginning of it. Here's a list of extensions that will help you view images and videos more easily. Read More

FireMe Checks How Likely Your Recent Tweets Are To Get You Fired

Due to their nature of letting us broadcast anything that's on our mind, Social networks have become one of the many reasons why people end up getting fired. Rights like freedom of speech are often questioned and we debate where the fine line between personal views, public defamation, and personal attacks should be drawn. While the debate rages on, the fact remains that people are still losing jobs because of things they say on social media. FireMe is a little web app that tells you if you've said a bit too much on Twitter, and how likely it is to get you fired. It analyses your recent tweets and tells you if any of them might get your fired, should your Twitter account be discovered by your boss or senior management. Read More

Previeweet For Chrome Shows Image Preview Thumbnails Over Tweets

Twitter lets you view images and play videos directly in the tweets, which works great and keeps you hooked to your timeline. Instagram has recently been removed from the list of services that Twitter shows directly shows you images from, but many other popular services are still supported. Previeweet is a Chrome extension that one-ups this feature in Twitter and allows you to see a thumbnail preview of tweeted images without having to open the tweets first. The thumbnail will sometimes be accompanied by a badge to show you which service it’s been shared from. Clicking the thumbnail loads the image in Twitter. Read More

Robird Is A Balanced, Holo-Themed Twitter Client For Android

Holo themed Twitter clients for Android have been around for some time now. Robird is another such app aspiring to make its mark in that area with the developer giving the app a very minimal and clean look. The simple and clutter-free nature of the app's design is well complimented by the intuitive and simple interface for navigation and using the various functions it has to offer. While it falls short of extensive customizations and settings that the competition may offer, you have to keep in mind that not all users are comfortable with such fancy settings, and many just want to keep things simple and effective. However, Robird does sport the basic must-have settings any casual twitter user would like to make use of. We take a look at how the app fairs, after the jump. Read More

Tweewer: News App & Google Reader Alternative Based On Twitter Lists

With the imminent demise of Google Reader just a few months away, the inevitable is happening: people have started to come up with unique ways to replace it. Not surprisingly, Twitter has formed the basis of one such solution provided by Tweewer, a web service that lets you view tweets by accounts in a Twitter list as if they were news items. Tweewer lets you view a tweeted link as it would appear on the website, or open the link in a new tab. You can retweet a news item, which is somewhat akin to the share function in Google Reader, and easily add a list of your choice. Read More

How To Share Vine Videos Longer Than 6 Seconds

Many would agree that the 6-second limit on videos shared via Twitter’s Vine makes complete sense, as the service is meant for short GIF-like clips rather than detailed videos. On the other hand, for anyone who has ever had a great idea for a Vine that just can’t be summed up in six seconds, the limitation is sure to be annoying. Previously, we told you about an easy way to embed Vine videos on websites, and now there is a way of bypassing another limitation Twitter has put on the service. If you own a jailbroken iPhone, then with a little help from iFile, it is possible to upload videos of any length to Vine. We tried the method on a video that is more than a minute in length, and everything worked as expected. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Twitter App For Windows 8 & RT [Review]

Official twitter apps for most mobile platforms have been available for quite a while, but Windows 8 and RT have been missing from the picture till now. Microsoft's tablet-optimized OS has been gaining a lot of traction since its release, and it’s about time for Twitter to bring its own Modern UI app to Windows Store. While it’s a little late to the show, the app does a great job in delivering a snappy Twitter experience on Windows 8 & RT devices, both PCs and tablets alike. Twitter for Windows looks quite similar to it’s mobile brethren, packing the same feature set, albeit in Microsoft's Metro design language. You get to discover topics of your choice, receive suggestions on who to follow, browse tending topics and so on. In addition, it boasts some Windows 8-exclusive features as well, such as the snap view to place the app on the sides of the screen, support for Windows 8 Share and Search Charms, notifications and live tiles support, etc. What’s more, it lets you browse and open URLs posted in tweets and view images in full screen, all within its own interface. Read More

Kiwi Is A Compact Client For Mac With Twitter Support has recently announced free accounts and if you’re on good terms with someone who has a premium account (they only get two invites per account), you might have gotten lucky enough to get an invite to one. So far as the look and functionality of the service is concerned, is similar to Twitter and if you’re looking for a nice desktop client to read and manage your feed, Kiwi is a good option. It’s a Mac app worth $3.99 (users with accounts can get it for free) that looks very much like a standard Twitter client. It is meant for your account with the added feature to post simultaneously to and Twitter. You must be running Mountain Lion and have an account to use Kiwi. Your Twitter account should be connected in System Preferences>Mail, Contacts & Calendars if you want to post to Twitter. Read More

Create Custom, Combined Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & Tumblr Feeds With mybucketz

There are too many social networks out there, and too little time to keep up with all of them. In all fairness, not everything that appears in your news feed or timeline is worth reading, nor is it all equally important. mybucketz is a web service to bring more organization to your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr feeds. It lets you create ‘buckets’ of your friends or people you are following on these networks. These buckets then act as groups for reading updates only from the people you've added to them. It does take time to create buckets and organize all your contacts into them but once done with this one-time process, your feed reading experience will become much better. At the very least, it will be free of updates from apps, and promoted or sponsored content. Read More

Filter Your Twitter Feed By Images, Videos, Text & More With TwitLamp

Your Twitter feed is usually full of all types of content, including simple text tweets, links, images, videos, and audio. While you can see the videos and images that have been shared by a single user separately when you visit their profile, but you can’t apply similar filters to your timeline, without having to use a more powerful third-party desktop twitter app. TwitLamp is a free web service (with a pro plan) that lets you filter all tweets on your own timeline, as well as tweets by any user based on the type. Specifically, you can filter video, audio, links, images, text, and hashtagged tweets. The free version has a few limitations on how often your feed will be refreshed and how many times a day you can use the filters. Read More

Twitter For Windows Phone Gets New UI, Lock Screen Notifications & An Improved Live Tile

It might have taken longer than expected, but Microsoft’s promise of bringing better apps to Windows Phone 8 is finally coming true. After the WhatsApp overhaul last week, Twitter has received a significant update as well. Until now, Twitter’s Windows Phone client resembled the service’s web version rather than its smartphone counterpart, but finally the situation has been rectified, with the new update bringing a tabbed interface and better notification support. The ‘Connect’ and ‘Discover’ tabs have finally been added to the app. You can also configure lock screen notifications on WP8 devices quite easily. No Windows Phone app update is complete unless it improves the live tile, and Twitter is no exception. The app now supports a double-sided tile that shows alerts for mentions and direct messages. Read More

View Endless Streams Of Vine Videos On Your iPad With VineTube

Countless examples have shown in the past that merely being a brainchild of some giant company doesn’t ensure an app’s success. Google, Microsoft and Apple have all been forced to shut down certain services that the masses simply refused to use. Some might have expected Twitter’s Vine to meet the same fate, but people have taken to it pretty quickly. More and more Vine videos are showing up on almost every Twitter user’s timeline, despite the fact that the app is presently available only for iOS. We are sure Vine’s popularity will soar when its Android version is released, but we've got to wait for it for now. Even the iOS app isn't optimized for the iPad yet, which is a source of frustration for many tablet users. Creating and uploading videos in Vine’s letterboxed version isn’t much of an issue, but you just can’t enjoy browsing through the service’s video collection without a dedicated tablet-optimized client. In Vine Flow, Android already has a pretty decent app for discovering and viewing Vine videos, and now, there is an app by the name of VineTube that basically brings the same idea to the iPad, albeit with a slightly different implementation. Read More

Create A Customized Twitter Timeline On Android With Neatly

Though not as widely renowned or feature-rich as the likes of Slices, PlumeFalcon Pro, TweetCaster or Tweetbot, Neatly is a neat cross-platform third-party Twitter client that brings quite a few nifty features to the table, including various intelligently-curated timeline views, enhanced content filtering, extended user profiles, and plenty more. Already available on iOS, Blackberry 10 and several Nokia devices, Neatly is now being offered as a beta app to Android users. The app focuses on multiple ways of presenting you with well-filtered content, so that you can keep an eye on only the most relevant stuff from your micro-blogging world. Read More

Plume For Android Updated With New Widgets & Facebook Support

The last major update to the famous Plume Twitter app for Android brought with it the much-awaited Holo UI and support for posting comparatively longer tweets. Today, the folks over at LevelUp Studios have pushed another significant update to one of the most widely used unofficial Twitter clients for Android. Plume v5.0 has been beefed up with quite a few noticeable features such as much improved scrolling speed, profile banners, and a prompt to post the text part of your image-oriented tweets in case the image itself doesn't load. However, the biggest improvement in the entire update can be seen in the app’s refreshed widgets (for both home and lock screens) that are now more customizable than ever before, and fully capable of sporting content from your Facebook Wall as well. More than anyone else, the new customizations in Plume are undoubtedly going to suit those of us who have connected multiple Twitter accounts with the app. Read More

Discover & View Vine Videos On Android With Vine Flow

When Twitter acquired video clip sharing service Vine back in October last year, fans of the popular micro-blogging network speculated if they’d soon be able to embed short video recordings within their tweets. As it turned out last month, Twitter finally launched the official Vine app for iOS that lets you record and share 6-second long personal video recordings to Vine, Twitter and Facebook. Since its release, this brand new video sharing sensation by Twitter has managed to attract fans and critics alike, with a large share of complaints coming rightfully from the huge Android user base that has been left out in the cold. However, not all’s doom and gloom for Android fans, especially with the likes of Vine Flow catering to their video discovery and streaming needs from Vine. Fresh to the Play Store, Vine Flow is an unofficial Vine client for Android that lets you explore the latest video content shared by worldwide Vine users. Read More

Sleek Android Twitter App ‘Carbon’ Finally Arrives In Play Store

The official Android client of Twitter is decent enough to keep you hooked into your micro-blogging world on the move, but compared to some of the feature-filled third-party alternatives out there, it just doesn’t seem to suffice for power users. Many of us prefer aesthetics and user-friendliness over a relatively huge feature set, while others wish to have as many neat tricks at their disposal as possible, even if they have to pay for it. If you’re still in search of the ideal Twitter app for your Android device, Carbon for Twitter might be worth a try. After staying in testing phases for quite long, Carbon for Twitter has finally made it to the Play Store as a slick and animation-filled Twitter client. Though not as feature-rich as OneLouder Apps’ Slices or as gorgeous as Falcon or Plume, Carbon for Twitter certainly has quite a few goodies of its own that we shall explore past the break. Read More

KeepApp Offers A Combined Timeline For Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Foursquare On Android

If your social contacts spread across multiple online networks and you find it tough keeping track of their activities on your mobile device through a bunch of different apps, KeepApp might save the day for you. It is a social network aggregator for Android capable of displaying the latest activity from as many as four major networks: Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter. Through a Holo-themed, unified timeline UI, you can take a peek at what’s happening on each of the four networks and interact with the posts in various ways. Though not the only app of its kind, KeepApp is special in that it lets you view last updated status of each supported network even in offline mode, just like the stock apps for these services. It also lets you directly download images contained within posts from all supported networks. In addition, it keeps you informed of your Twitter updates via push notifications, and supports natively posting retweets and @Mentions, complete with image support. Read More

Social Tiles For iOS Is A Modern UI Pinboard For Twitter Profiles & Facebook Pages

Some apps don’t do much, but are so good-looking that one just gets lured into use them once in a while based on their looks alone. Social Tiles might appear to be one such app at first, but there is more to it than a shiny interface. If you are the admin of a Facebook page or just want to keep an eye on the popularity of your Twitter profile, Social Tiles can be of use. The app lets you pin any public Facebook page or Twitter profile to its home screen, where you will be shown stats portraying the account’s fame. There is no limit on the number of accounts that can be monitored via Social Tiles, and the best part is that you don’t even need to sign in to your account to use the app. Social Tiles can also offer some really good quotes that can be shared to your social network accounts with a single tap. Read More