In online years I’m an old dog, but I can always learn new tricks especially on Twitter. My favorite social media platform got a few new tricks in the last two years that are really useful even if they don’t get a lot of attention.
Just a few years ago, if you wanted to show off a really cool tweet from a customer or an awesome colleague, you had to grab a trusty ol’ screenshot and upload a static image. Now, here’s the trick! You can embed the tweet (like the one below) and actually let your readers interact with it! They can retweet it, follow you on Twitter or reply! Sweet!
Keyboard shortcuts only work on the Twitter website and speaking as someone who is a fan of social media dashboards, I still like to visit my Twitter page pretty frequently. Many of the Keyboard Shortcuts need the individual tweet to be open, but it is still amazing that you can do so much with one key! Visit this Lifehacker post for a complete list and videos or hit “?” key and see the list inside Twitter. My favorite command is one that you can do from anywhere:
Hit “n” for a new tweet from anywhere on the page! Woo hoo! One and done!
If only discovery could be always be as close as a single button. This wonder tool on Twitter sits in the top bar on the left and gives you access to Stories, Activities, Who to Follow, Find Friends and Browse Categories. The one feature that I like is Stories.
The Stories feature goes out and finds stories about Twitter that you may be interested depending on your own topics. The Stories come from users who use the hashtag #twitterstories or mention the Twitter account @twitterstories. Any photos or video in the tweet gets linked too. My favorite part is the separate website at: http://stories.twitter.com/ where you can browse the stories on your end. I just love seeing how people have lost weight, written novels and changed the world using Twitter.
Can you tell I like Twitter? How can I help it? We share a love for quick communication about random and disparate topics. We’re both social and we have the same birthday, March 21. Of course, this ol’ dog was born way before 2006, but that’s ok. I can always learn new tricks. 😉