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chrome twitter extensionFor many of us, Twitter is fine just the way it is. Despite what you may think, I’m not going to say otherwise. Twitter truly is fine just the way it is. The thing is, and much like everything else, it can also be better, and making it better doesn’t necessarily involve using a third-party client.

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to leave things in the browser, certain Chrome Twitter extensions can help you get all sorts of fun and useful Twitter features without having to resort to out-of-the-browser clients. Whether you’re looking to save time when sharing webpages, save brain cells when reading your stream, or retweet the good old way from Twitter’s native interface, there are ways to do so without leaving your browser. Try the Chrome Twitter extensions below to find out!

PowerInbox

PowerInbox is a browser extension available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE, which takes your regular Twitter emails and makes them much more useful by turning them interactive. In fact, PowerInbox does its trick with many additional services besides Twitter, including Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Spotify, Pinterest, and others.

Focusing on Twitter, PowerInbox makes it so you can actually make use of those pesky email updates you keep getting from Twitter, such as “you have a new follower” or “Bla and BlaBla have tweets for you”. After installing the add-on and signing into your Twitter account, emails from Twitter will start looking something like this:

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As you can see, instead of getting a simple alert you can’t do much with, PowerInbox makes it so you can follow users from within the email, send tweets, and in other emails also view your stream, reply, retweet, and favorite tweets.

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PowerInbox has an on/off button on top of every supported email, so if you don’t feel like viewing interactive content, you can simply turn it off and turn it back on when you’re ready for more.

Tareem Extender

Tareem Extender takes your good old Twitter interface, and powers it up with some new and useful features. While I couldn’t get every single feature listed to work, the extension still adds a considerable amount of them. Starting with features that actually work, Tareem Extender adds an old retweet button to every tweet, as well as a DM button and a quick translate button to translate tweets from English into dozens of languages.

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You can also set the extension to highlight your mentions in the stream, and to show desktop notifications for your Twitter mentions.

So what didn’t work? Tareem Extender claims to include a built-in link shortener, which I couldn’t get to work, as well as a “speak to tweet” feature which was no where to be found. Considering Twitter’s ever changing API and interface, I’m assuming some features just stopped working over time, but where it counts, Tareem Extender provides the means to use Twitter’s native interface to much better results.

Tweet This Page

Most blogs and websites include a tweet button of some kind, but these are located in a different spot on every page, and might even look different from website to website. In addition, most of these buttons are just extensions of the twitter.com webpage, and as such don’t let you use your personal link shortener. Tweet This Page can change that.

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Tweet This Page is a simple Chrome Twitter extension that makes it super easy to tweet a link to any page you’re on. Want to share a link on Twitter? Click the new Twitter button on the right side of Chrome’s address bar to create the tweet. You can set Tweet This Page to use your personal bit.ly account and to automatically use selected text as the tweet body, making it possible to click and tweet in seconds.

Silver Bird

Silver Bird is a fully-fledged Twitter client built into a Chrome extension. Behind a colorful bird icon hides a simple interface that nonetheless includes pretty much anything you could wish for in a Twitter client. And what’s more, it’s all completely customizable.

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From the icon’s color at any given moment, to the interface’s font and color, to the compose area’s position, Silver Bird is like a mold you can shape as your own. With its built-in pop-up notifications, built-in link shortener, its ability to add images to tweets and its handy suspend option for when you really need to concentrate, you may never need to venture into twitter.com again.

Read a full review of Silver Bird Silver Bird Brings Twitter To Your Finger Tips [Chrome] Silver Bird Brings Twitter To Your Finger Tips [Chrome] A while ago, I checked out TweetDeck for Chrome as an in-browser solution for Twitter. TweetDeck for Chrome is exactly like the regular TweetDeck only you don’t have to leave your browser to use it.... Read More .

Larry Filter for Twitter

Twitter too noisy? Larry Filter can make it a quieter place with the help of some well-placed filters. This handy extension lets you set keywords and hashtags you’re not interested in, and either hide them completely, or increase opacity on tweets that include them.

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While this is not the only way to filter tweets, I love Larry Filter for its simplicity, and for its ability to only half hide the culprit tweets. This way, I can make sure I’m not missing anything important, and still have a quieter Twitter feed. It’s like having my cake and eating it too!

For more ways to filter tweets and make Twitter a generally quieter place, check out these ways to filter annoyances on Twitter How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing When it comes to social networks, Twitter is as noisy as it gets. You’d think the 140-character limitation would make it quiter, but in reality, it’s pretty much the opposite. This makes Twitter a hard... Read More , and some additional ways to help you swim and not drown in your Twitter stream Swim, Don't Drown: Tools To Help You Filter Twitter Swim, Don't Drown: Tools To Help You Filter Twitter Twitter presents you with a river of news, status updates, and all sorts of other tweets. Following a lot of accounts on Twitter can be overwhelming, especially if you want to follow your favorite websites... Read More .

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As always, we’d also love to hear some of your recommendations of the best Chrome extensions for Twitter. Are there any Chrome twitter extension you find invaluable? What makes your Twitter life easier? Share your favorites in the comments.

  1. Abinash Mohanty
    December 4, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I've been using Share this on Twitter extension, but thanks your post. Now I'm using "Tweet This Page" and it's robust.

  2. Praveen Kumar Nirmalkar
    May 9, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Silver Bird is really amazing, a must have for all Twitterer.

  3. Raja
    June 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    As a webprogrammer i don't prefer to use social extensions in chrome as it might slow down the chrome or may cause problems. I love larry filter and the best way to avoid tweets is to follow the important persons.

  4. Nevzat A
    May 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Hmm using Twitter will be much easier with these tools, thanks.

  5. suneo nobi
    May 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Silver Bird is the best one!!!

  6. macwitty
    May 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I have tried to have Twitter in webbrowser but have found it suits my worlflow better to have an app with Twitter, RSS and facebook. At the moment I use Socialitet but looking for one who also can handle google+ feed

  7. Moshi Delgo
    May 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    We have recently released a revolutionary app called "Your Show" - https://apps.facebook.com/yourshow?ref=makeuseof - which transforms your Facebook news feed into personal daily TV show starring you and Your Friends!

    I think you'll find this app to be totally fun and unique!

    For more info about us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=507Xaj3b8HM / http://www.socialstudios.tv

    Tnx.

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