This is just a quick tip for all Twitter addicts out there (myself included) to save you some time when writing updates (tweets).
There are so many online and desktop applications, tools and services that help you send tweets from almost everywhere. So why is this one so different?
I like this one because it is pretty simple and yet it saves you plenty of time when it comes to regular updating your Twitter status.
First of all, this is not a Twitter app or a web service. It’s a simple Firefox Add-on called TwitterBar.
TwitterBar allows you to post to Twitter from Mozilla Firefox’s address bar. A small Twitter icon will be located on the right of your address bar. You post your tweet by clicking on it. If you want to see how many characters you have left, just hover your mouse over it.
Clicking the Twitter icon when visiting a webpage will send a tweet containing the URL of the webpage you are currently viewing. You can adjust if you want some pre-text to show up in your tweets sent this way.
For example, if you are on Google homepage and you click the Twitter icon, it will send a tweet like: “Currently Browsing: [link to google homepage]“. Of course, the pre-text can be disabled and you can write whatever you like instead.
There is automatic URL shortening service included so when you post link it will shrink it via is.gd or tinyurl (whichever you choose).
After you install TwitterBar, it will ask you if you want to install OneRiot along with it. OneRiot is a social search engine that allows users to find the hottest news, videos, blog posts, and microblogging and social networking buzz. I did not install it, because it’s not required and I don’t need it… Anyway, it’s up to you to decide that.
Here’s a screenshot of TwitterBar options so you can see what you can customize and adjust:
That’s it! This Firefox add-on really saved me some valuable time and I hope it will do the same for you. Enjoy!