Twitter Guide: Learn how to do interesting things with twitter like track shipments, translate text, setup reminders, add events to Google Calendar, post pictures on Flickr and more.
Twitter has completely changed the way we communicate, it is the source for breaking news, a place where we find like-minded people and all this in 140 characters or less.
You can do lot of interesting stuff with Google Talk like get news alerts in real time, save bookmarks to delicious, manage web calendars, translate text, read or write blogs, and so much more.
Twitter provides an excellent search engine but the problem is that Twitter Search is pretty useless for ego surfing – that’s because all hyperlinks on Twitter are in the form of short URLs so you’ll never know if that TinyURL link is pointing to you or someone else’s blog.
If you use blogs, FriendFeed or Twitter to monitor buzz around your favorite topics (say iPhone launch) - do check out Spy.
The background of my Twitter page is done using profile images of all my Facebook friends captured via the picture collage trick.
Bit.ly is the best web service for compressing long web addresses into short URLs that can be shared in email messages without truncation.
When someone posts a link on Twitter, it is automatically converted into a short URL often powered by tinyurl.com. Human visitors can click the tinyurl link to visit the underlying website but that may or may not be the case with Google spiders.
You’ve seen the FeedBurner graphic that shows the current count of your RSS subscribers. Now there’s a similar badge for Twitter to show the count of your Twitter followers.
This is something very useful useful for bloggers who use Windows Live Writer and are active on Twitter. As soon as you publish a new blog post using Windows Live Writer, you can notify your Twitter followers about that article.
If you use a desktop based Twitter client, you may have come across the "limit exceeded" error after which the software suspends fetching new updates from Twitter for some time.
There is no Technorati or Google Blog Search like ego-surfing service for Twitter to help you find people who shared your blog posts in their Twitter messages but you can always build one. Details inside.
While twittering is fun and simple, it is tough if you were to explain the concept of twitter to someone who has never heard of this service before.
"I think we need to take a follow break until you get your twittering under control"
Businesses use the Twitter ecosystem to pre-announce new products, get feedback, share upcoming deals or for tracking buzz around their products and services.
This article describes how you can publish status updates to twitter from your mobile phone using email without paying any SMS charges.
FriendFeed is mostly used for tracking the online activities of our friends at one place - the blogs they are writing, the photos they upload to Flickr, the books they review at Amazon, the web pages they save onto delicious, and so on.
How do you post a link on Twitter that points to an adult website or a Youtube video that may not be suitable for public viewing ?