I don’t use the Twitter web interface too much. Tweetdeck is so far ahead in terms of usability and functionality. However… This weekend I was pretty surprised when I saw a tweet from @MichDdot (here) who had a totally different web interface to mine. I was thinking he must have some inside beta version, but it turned out that what he had was available to all of us…
Anyway, he was kind enough to let me know what he’d done, so I thought I’d share with you how I have managed to make my Twitter web interface much more usable (screenshots below):
Above: Notice changes in interface screenshot (from top to bottom) - Grader information - Twitter Search and People Search - Retweet - Nested conversations - Embedded replies - (I’ve done a heap more on the homepage too)
Above: On the homepage (twiiter/hone) I’ve added: - Ability to autotype follower names when typing @ or D - Search - Following names - Nested conversations
How is this done?
1. Install GreaseMonkey plugin for FireFox (here) 2. Add custom GreaseMonkey scripts (here) from USerscripts.org
There are dozens of scripts available for customising Twitter, the above are just the ones I chose but there are many more.
Simple! Thanks again to MichDdot for the headsup – a recommended follow!
Email is great, but it makes my life hell at the same time. This great free and very useful Outlook add-on/extension from Xobni http://www.xobni.com (that’s ‘inbox’ spelled backwards) tells you exactly what’s happening with your email. Hurrah! You’ll see who’s sending you what, stats gallore, and makes searching a lot faster through indexing. The analytics are brilliant.
Yes, (see above) since 2004 I’ve gone from 6,000 emails to 16,000 that is with all spam removed. Wondered why I couldn’t get any work done these days! (Notice that I actually send a lot less now – I try to use the phone more).
You can see who sent you how much, what and when + get threaded conversations and all files in one spot. Not to mention how quickly you responded etc. Also links through to Linked In for additional information which is kind of handy.
A little slow installing/indexing (took about 35 mins for me) but then again, look at the amount of information this thing is crunching.