Twitter is really useful for those who’ve got the hang of it. Twitter.com is pretty feature-rich and you’ve probably never heard of these five nifty features. They don’t get a lot of press, but it’s good to know nonetheless.
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1. Subscribe to tweets via RSS
Earlier, you could subscribe to anyone’s updates on Twitter using RSS, instead of following them. Twitter recently removed visible links to RSS feeds, but you could still subscribe using the direct URL: twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/username.rss. Just replace ‘username’ with an actual Twitter username.
2. Follow Twitter Suggests
If you live and die by Twitter all day, you might be interested in following new people that match your interests. The @twittersuggests account tweets follow suggestions to specific users once in a while. You can follow it to keep a tab on who’s being suggested to people you follow.
3. Deleting a direct message deletes it from the sender and receiver
If you thought deleting a direct message deletes it just from your end, think again. The next time you start thinking twice about the direct message you just sent someone when you were drunk, just delete it from your Twitter inbox. The message will also disappear from the receiver’s inbox.
4. Some mentions are hidden from your home timeline
Yes, and that’s because the home timeline hides from you the replies that people you follow send to people you don’t follow. You’ll see those replies only if you follow the person who’s tweeting the message as well as the person who is being tweeted to. For more information on how @replies and @mentions work, see this page from Twitter.com.
5. Add the follow button to gain new followers
If you’ve got a website or blog, you can add Twitter’s follow button to allow people to quickly find and follow you on Twitter. A link to your Twitter profile is so 2009. Add the follow button instead by getting the code here. You can also optionally choose to show your follower count.
For five more relatively unknown but insanely useful features of Twitter.com, check out our previous article. If you’ve got something new, tell us in the comments below.