15 Easy-to-Use Apps for Adding Multimedia to Twitter

I love Twitter, but one thing I admit can be lacking from the service is that it doesn’t allow for embedded images, audio or video in the Twitter stream. Still, there are plenty of apps to help you to integrate multimedia into your tweets.

Tweeting 101: A Twitter Cheat Sheet

I put together the following “Twitter Cheat Sheet” for a client, and thought it might be also helpful for others who are still struggling with how to get started with Twitter. It provides some gentle guidelines that should help to keep emerging best practices in mind.

TweetAlert: Google Alerts on Twitter

tweetalertI used to use Google Alerts (s goog) all the time to keep me apprised of what was going on in the world of Apple (s aapl) tech, for another gig I have writing online. It was a great solution, but eventually, Twitter’s real-time information flow became much more useful for me.

But the problem with Twitter is that it’s kind of unwieldy. I follow a lot of people, and even though I have multiple accounts to follow different groups of people, a lot gets lost in the stream. Twitter clients with built-in search help, but at a glance, Google Alert-like results would be ideal. Thankfully, there’s a service that does almost precisely that. It’s called TweetAlert. Read More about TweetAlert: Google Alerts on Twitter

Mine Twitter’s Wealth in 15 Minutes a Day

Twitter _ HomeThere is never enough time in the day to keep up with the constant barrage of social media. Take Twitter, for example. Almost daily I have clients and colleagues ask me “Isn’t Twitter really a waste of time?” and “I hear Twitter is losing users faster than they’re gaining them, so why should I join?” The rest of us who are on Twitter — even those of us who have been using it for years — are still figuring out how to best fit Twitter into our overall communications toolkit.

So how do you keep from “wasting” time on Twitter? Here’s my advice on how to spend no more than 15 minutes a day on your Twitter account but still reap the rewards, particularly for your work. This is not a good tactic for everyone, but if you or someone you know is very resistant to Twitter and simply needs a manageable plan for tweeting, you can try this at work or home. Read More about Mine Twitter’s Wealth in 15 Minutes a Day

Skimble Now Lets You Get Physical On Twitter

skimbleSkimble, a web site that helps you plan and track your outdoor activities and workouts, hopped on the Twitter train today with the release of a feature that lets you tweet your activity to its site. It joins a growing group of exercise-focused applications and web sites that are integrating the micro-messaging service into their offerings. For example, Kevin over at jkOnTheRun has reviewed RunKeeper, an iPhone application that lets you post your workouts and run times to Twitter, and he currently logs his pushups workout to the onehundredpushups web site, which tweets his results.

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Tweetie 2: The Complete iPhone Preview


The sequel to Tweetie, the Twitter client that earned itself the much-coveted Apple Design Award earlier this year, is on its way to the App Store as you read this.

For the past few weeks I’ve been part of Loren Brichter‘s Tweetie 2 beta program, testing out new features as the former Apple (s aapl) engineer constructed his new Twitter client.

Brichter has rebuilt Tweetie from the ground-up. The sequel incorporates features such as app persistence, offline mode, drafts, threaded conversations, landscape support and much more.

Read on for an in-depth look at what to expect from Tweetie 2.
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StatShot: Conan Flexes His Tweet Muscles; BitTorrent Is Into You

Conan O’Brien’s debut on The Tonight Show made him the talk of Twitter last week, spiking with more than 3,500 Tweets on June 2, according to Trendrr. Elsewhere, Burn Notice, well, burned up the charts as the summer programming season kicked into high gear. And speaking of kicks, So You Think You Can Dance performed nicely as well last week.


Evidently, pirates are into He’s Just Not That Into You as the Rom-Com jumped five spots to top TorrentFreak’s list of the Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent. Friday the 13th scared up the No. 2 spot, joined by other newcomers The Pink Panther 2, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and camera footage of Terminator: Salvation.

TorrentFreak’s Most Pirated Movies on BitTorrent As of June 7, 2009
Rank Last Week Title
1 6 He’s Just Not That Into You(R5)
2 Friday the 13th
3 2 Push
4 1 Coraline
5 2 The Pink Panther 2
6 Confessions of a Shopaholic (R5)
7 3 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (R5)
8 4 Fired Up
9 Terminator: Salvation (Cam)
10 9 Crank: High Voltage

TorrentFreak data is based on http downloads of .torrent files from various BitTorrent sites. The data is collected by TorrentFreak and is for informational and educational reference only. Currently, DVDrips, DVD Screeners and R5 rips are counted. The “back” designation means that the title was in the list before and has reappeared, possibly in a new format.

Weekly App Store Picks: April 18, 2009


Put your iPhone in the air and shake it like you just don’t care, because it’s time for my pick from the week’s freshest apps.

Before you start waving your iPhone with a blatant disregard for those around you due to the sheer excitement you feel from reading about the latest apps, I’ve got a brief rundown of the week’s news.
We began the week with news that Buy.com had begun offering unlocked iPhone 3Gs for purchase. As such, it’s looking increasingly like it’s time for stockists to clear their inventory and prepare for the impending arrival of the next iPhone. And at only $799 for your very own legit unlocked iPhone, you may as well take two.
Staying with the subject of unlocked iPhone’s, our own Clayton Lai posted a new guide as part of his Jailbreak article series. Clayton covers the myriad options available for owners of jailbroken iPhones looking to use copy-paste (before the official 3.0 iPhone OS update drops this Summer).
On Wednesday, Apple revealed the most downloaded apps so far. In the paid section, Smule’s social musical instrument Ocarina made the list, as did Tap Tap Revenge over in the free section. Oddly enough though, Rolando is notably absent — perhaps the impending sequel, details of which ngmoco released this week, will garner even more downloads than the original.
Next up, a tasty bombshell dropped in the shape of a possibly/maybe/potentially reliable leak: a list of ingredients for the forthcoming new iPhone. Unlike one of my tasty risottos, there was no mushroom or asparagus on this ingredient list, however there were a few chips. Hit up the full article for a delicious rundown of what could very well be in store for the next iPhone iteration.
There’s also been speculation that Nintendo and Sony are freaking out over the very real threat that the iPhone presents to their respective chunks of the handheld gaming markets. Insightful but amusingly tactless comment of the week goes to TheAppleBlog reader Youda Farmer:
“All you DS/PSP dunderheads need to get over yourselves. Nobody in there [sic] right mind carries a DS/PSP with them at all times. But ALL iPhone owners NEVER leave home without it.”
With the smoke of news blown away by the vacuum of fact, it’s time to move on to this week’s picks from the App Store. This week I’ve been looking at UniWar, QuadCamera, GO! Manga and Birdhouse. Read More about Weekly App Store Picks: April 18, 2009

Tweet Directly in Safari With Safari140

picture-19 One of the reasons I can’t completely cross over to using Safari 4 as my full-time browser, aside from its dangerous (considering my line of work) incompatibility with some WordPress features, is its lack of add-on support. Firefox’s rich user community and extensibility makes sure that if there’s an add-on I need or find useful, it’s probably out there and available for download. Because the vast majority of my time on the computer is spent in a browser, the more that browser can do, the better.

There are ways to get around the lack of extensive add-on support in Safari, and one is Input Managers. A new one designed for those who like to tweet is making the rounds, and as long as you’re more into the saying than the listening side of Twitter, it could suit your needs. Personally, it’s exactly the sort of thing I need, since it removes the distraction of the tweet stream while still allowing me to post links of interest or comments while working. Read More about Tweet Directly in Safari With Safari140

StatShot: SNL Tweets and a Werewolf Feast

Saturday Night Live showed that it still has some social media mojo, finishing out the week with lots of Tweets on Trendrr’s list of the Most Twittered Broadcast TV Shows. Heroes and American Idol made strong showings while Family Guy finished on a high note to knock Gossip Girl from the top five.


And just a reminder that Lost gets separated out because the word “lost” is rather common. Trendrr believes it has stripped out the references to keys and wallets, but we still give the Oceanic Six & Co. their own graph just to be safe.


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