After writing about Twitter in the blog post of 10th January, I decided to revisit the Silver Bird extension for Google Chrome. After using it for a day, I am hooked! Let me give you a tour of how I use Silver Bird.
First of all, you will need to be using the Google Chrome browser. Visit the Chrome web store to install Silver Bird (it is free of charge).
Once installed you will see a little bird in the right hand side of your browser window. The bird will either be blue meaning there are no new tweets or he will be red with a number of unread tweets. Click the bird to open the viewing panel.
Now you can see the tweets arranged in a timeline with the latest at the top. Hover the mouse over the right hand part of the message and you will see icons for Mark as Favourite, Reply, Retweet and Share.
The menu is used to show different groups of tweets. Click your id (in my case it is @ozcaveman) to see tweets where you are mentioned. DMs are for direct messages, Favorites for tweets you have marked as favorites. You can search for tweets by entering text, hashtags or names in the search box and hitting Enter.
You can learn more about the author of the tweet by clicking the name and waiting for a menu to appear. Click Tweets to see all of this author’s tweets or click Profile to open the profile in a new browser panel.
Composing a tweet is straightforward. Click the Compose Tweet at the top of the pop up area – a text area is displayed for typing your message.
Include URLs by typing below the text area then click Shorten it to include an abbreviated URL. If you want to share an image use Choose File which will upload to Twitpix then include the URL. When you are ready, click Tweet it!
Silver Bird is easy to use and doesn’t get in the way of your work.