These days, a lot of us tweet from Twitter’s web interface. It’s quite good, and has come a long way since Twitter was born. But, there are quite a number of features that often go unnoticed and overlooked.
Here are some of them that you might find useful. If you find something interesting in here, do share this article on Twitter by using the tweet buttons above and below.
1. Stumble Through Twitter Profiles
Twitter recently added a new button on the â€˜Following’ page that lets you jump randomly across your followers’ timelines. It’s kinda like Wikipedia’s Random option, but for Twitter profiles. Twitter is all about topics and information so if you’ve got some time to kill, this feature should come in handy. Thanks PC Geek Blog!
2. Hide Retweets From A Specific User
If your timeline is often filled with retweets by a specific user, you can choose to turn off retweets by that person. Just go to his Twitter profile page and click on the retweet icon next to the follow button. If it’s grey, retweets from him/her won’t appear in your timeline.
3. View Others’ Timelines, Not Just Who They Follow
Go to anyone’s profile on Twitter, click â€˜Following‘ from the menu and choose â€˜View as Timeline‘. Twitter will now show how that user’s timeline actually looks like, with updates from people he/she follows. Thanks Vasudev!
4. Keyboard Shortcuts For Anything
Twitter’s web interface comes with a set of keyboard shortcuts that let you do almost anything you think you can. You can compose a new tweet by hitting n, and by pressing g and r successively, you can go to your replies tab. Press ? button when you’re on Twitter.com to get a list of all available shortcuts.
5. Change Your Twitter Username
If for some reason you had chosen a weird username for Twitter or something that’s particularly hard to remember or type, you might want to change it to something else. Thankfully, Twitter lets you do it from the Settings page. As long as your new username hasn’t been taken already, you can change it to anything you want.
6. Check If A User Is Following You
Twitter allows you to send direct messages to only users who are following you. So you can go to anyone’s Twitter profile and quickly check if he/she is following you by looking for the presence of the direct message icon near the follow button. Thanks Mayur!