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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 ‘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 ‘Following‘ from the menu and choose ‘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 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!

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May 31st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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  • Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Most twitter users also aren’t aware of ‘How to check who Retweeted their tweets’, check here: Though, twitter now emails when someone retweets your tweet but that occurs for specific and relevant RTs only.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know twitter had keyboard shortcuts until now. Thanks , @shankargan:twitter

  • You’re welcome, @ArunShivaram:disqus I had mentioned this in my other post on 12 unknown keyboard shortcuts as well.

  • You’re welcome, @ArunShivaram:disqus I had mentioned this in my other post on 12 unknown keyboard shortcuts as well.

  • Bob Diffin

    Thanks for sharing how to check if tweeps are following you. This will save alot of time.

  • This is really helpful, thanks!!! 🙂

  • Fantastic, didn’t know about some of these, will make it easier on Twitter!

  • Thanks for posting.  Gpod stuff I had no idea about!

  • The shortcuts menu blew my mind a little bit. 🙂 Thanks!

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  • Sudharsan

    The first tip was awesome.