Twitter Guide: Learn some interesting tips and tricks for Twitter.
Q: I am a blogger and want to cross-post articles from my blog into Twitter?
Q: I know that TwitPic allows me to post pictures on Twitter but I want to use my existing Flick account with Twitter.
A: Go to TwitterGram and associate your Flickr name with your Twitter account. Now assign a special tag (say Twitter) and any picture that you post on Flickr with that Tag will automatically get posted in your Twitter account as well.
Q: I just ordered a laptop on eBay and the owner shipped it via UPS. I want to track this package on Twitter.
A: Follow TrackThis on Twitter and send this bot a Direct Message with your Airway Bill Number. You’ll be notified each time your package changes location. Works with FedEx, UPS, DHL and USPS.
Q. I want to add events in my Google Calendar using Twitter?
A: Go to Twittercal, add gCal as your virtual friend on Twitter and add events by simply sending direct messages to your new Twitter friend.
Q: I am a blogger. How can I add “tweet this” links to all my blog post?
A: See detailed instructions on how to add ‘Tweet This’ to Blogger or WordPress blogs. The permalinks are shortened automatically in the tweet.
Q: Oh! I just saw a spam profile on Twitter that is using my picture and tweets. I want to report impersonation on Twitter.
A: Send a message to Twitter spam watch team at @spam with the suspicious user name.
Q: My Twitter friend just sent me a tweet in French. I want to translate his message into English.
A: Follow twanslate and send a direct message with the text you want to get translated along with the language code of the target language (en for English, fr from French, etc.).
Q: I want to use Twitter as a Gmail Notifier.
A: Create a new Twitter account and set the status of updates as “Protected” so that the updates don’t appear in a public timeline. Now subscribe to your Gmail RSS feed using FeedBlitz and become mutual friends.
Q: I want to use Twitter as an alarm clock to remind me that I have to pick my daughter from school in 30 minutes.
A: Follow timer – send a direct message with the reminder time and it will ping you at that time. For instance “d timer 30 pick daughter”.
Q: I want to use Twitter for ego surfing.
Q: While I like the default Twitter search engine, I want to know about other alternatives.
A: Try Tweet Scan and Monitter. Unlike Summize, you don’t have to refresh the Monitter page each time there’s a new result matching your search query. And it support multi-column search so may track multiple keywords on the same screen.
Q: I want to conduct a quick and simple poll on Twitter. Is it possible?
A: Go to StrawPoll and create a poll. Your Twitter contacts can participate in the poll by simply sending an @reply message.