4 Ways to Turn Twitter.com into Your Social Media Powerhouse

This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

There is this one problem I have, that might have occurred to you too as well. Having to log into ten different services on ten different sites every morning to get my social media day started is difficult and tedious.

Twitter Home Page - Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu, Image #16026915

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/gmutlu

So recently, I thought, What if you could do it all from one place? Not from a dashboard with hundreds of bells and whistles, but from a clean and easy-to-use interface.

How about Twitter.com? Yep, the original!

Although Twitter.com is a super-clean interface, I wasn’t spending much time there. I had become dependent on other great Twitter apps instead. But now, I have returned to it. Here are four ways you can do this as well.

  1. Save your best reads for later. Pocket, formerly known as ReadItLater, is a very handy tool that lets you save any article you find on the web for later reading. You will be able to access those articles from any device—offline or online—and without any clutter on the page.

    All you have to do is install the Chrome extension and it will put a nice Pocket icon right into your stream on Twitter.com:

    Pocket Icon Right in Twitter Stream

    Whenever you click it, the article is saved to your list and you can conveniently read it later on. This really couldn’t be any more seamless:

    Pocket Page Saved Notification

    Since Pocket launched, this has definitely made my day-to-day discovery of great articles a lot easier and focused.

  2. Post your tweets at a better time. At Buffer, we’ve recently also announced a brand new integration with Twitter.com, that will make queuing up your Tweets and retweets a lot easier. All you have to do is install the Buffer browser extension and you’re good to go.

    Now, whenever you are writing a new Tweet from Twitter.com, you can add it straight to your Buffer, to be posted at a more optimal time for your followers:

    Buffer Now Right Inside of Twitter

    The good thing is, that you can do the exact same thing with retweets. Hit the retweet button and add it straight to your Buffer. The way I use this is to spend a few minutes to browse my Twitter stream, Buffering all the best Tweets in my stream without ever flooding my followers with too many updates in a row:

    You Can Even Buffer a Retweet

    There are also plenty of other places where you can now Buffer from, it even works with clicking the “Tweet” button on any website. Just Buffer it.

  3. Read posts right in your Twitter stream. Embedly is one of my most recent discoveries, and I am extremely excited about it. If you install the browser extension for Chrome, you will get an option to read all the great articles posted to Twitter, right from Twitter.com.

    Simply click the “view Preview” button on any Tweet and without having to leave the site, you can take a peak if the article you were about to click is any good:

    Preview Option with Embed.ly

    Once expanded, you will get all media displayed, such as pictures and videos. All this of course alongside a great excerpt from the post:

    Embed.ly Preview Showing Inside the Twitter Stream

    I just love this extension, because it helps me spend less time on clicking through and then coming back. Instead I just browse on Twitter.com as usual, clicking “view Preview” and moving on quickly.

  4. Get a Better Grasp of Your Followers. Use Klout. As you may know, there has been a lot of discussion around Klout in the past few months. There were a lot of great arguments for and against using it. One quote a Twitter friend of mine @arkarthick once said stuck in my mind:

    Klout is useful as a reference, not as an authority.

    With this mindset, being able to glance over your Twitter stream if you only have a few minutes time per day with Klout installed becomes very powerful.

    You can quickly decide how you can best spend time interacting with your stream with a helpful reference from Klout:

    Klout Score Inside Twitter Stream

That’s it. These simple tools turn Twitter.com into a super efficient, still clean, yet very powerful social media powerhouse.

This is what I am now doing, especially since TweetDeck’s upgrades haven’t really been what I’d hoped for. Instead, using the tools I’ve outlined above, I have gradually been able to turn my Twitter.com experience into a more and more personalized place for my browsing habits. The move has been very refreshing.

Questions: Have you tried some of the extensions above to supercharge your Twitter.com experience yet? Are there any other extensions you are using to make Twitter even more powerful? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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