There are definitely advantages to using the website – the most obvious of which is that it will use less resources on your computer.That said, you’ll find that there are quite a few features that Twitter has yet to implement on the website and they could easily be a deal breaker when it comes to making the switch. You’ll instantly lose notifications, integrated URL shortening and much more. Chrome users, however, have at their disposal a variety of extensions that will turn the Twitter website into the ultimate tweeting experience.
One of the first things you’ll miss if you decide to use the Twitter website as opposed to a client, is notifications. Want to be alerted when someone replies to your tweets, DMs you, or even when your feed is updated? Install the Twitter Chrome extension, Twitter Notifier and configure the extension, deciding which alerts you want to receive.
Notifications appear at the top right hand corner of the screen, regardless of which website or program you have open at the time.
Retweeting seems to always be an issue when it comes to using the Twitter website. In the past, there was no way to quickly retweet, and you had to resort to the copy-and-paste method. Now, you can retweet, but only using Twitter’s updated version which only allows you to quote the entire tweet word for word. If you want to retweet the good old way, giving yourself a chance to edit, or add your own comment to the tweet, install the extension. The extension adds a link to each tweet, next to Twitter’s native reply, retweet, and favourite buttons, that reads Retweet Old School.
Another staple feature in most Twitter clients is that your feed automatically refreshes every so often so that you can instantly see the latest tweets from your friends. While the new Twitter website does let you know how many new tweets are waiting for you, rather than have to click a button, install Twitter Refresh and new tweets show up automatically.
Twitter clients are blissfully devoid of follow recommendations, promoted Tweets, and everything else that Twitter has recently added to the sidebar. If you’d rather remove that content from Twitter, the Twitter Chrome extension Hide Twitter Guff will do the trick.
Anything promotional is automatically removed, but you can configure the extension to remove follow suggestions and Twitter trends.
If you’ve become accustomed to integration Twitter with your Bit.ly account, you’ll be happy to know that there is a quick and easy way to shorten URLs directly from the Twitter website, using PBTweet. If you have a Bit.ly account, entering your username and API key to the extension will ensure that you can also keep up on the stats for all the links you share.
After installing the extension, a new ‘Shorten URL’ link will appear under the status update box.
And that is just one of the extension’s features. In fact, it does offer some of the features that have already been covered, such as auto-refreshing your timeline, removing ads, old school retweeting, and growl notifications for mentions. Notifications are only useful however, if you happen to be on the Twitter website making Twitter Notifier a more useful extension as far as this feature is concerned. Additional features include translation options, and the resizing of fonts.
Want to remove a certain word from your timeline? Or possibly have a friend who’s live-tweeting a soccer match? You can temporarily remove certain words or users from your timeline with Tweet Filter. This extension really gives you a way to weed out tweets that aren’t of interest to you, and ensure that you don’t miss the tweets that count.
Upload Photos, Videos Or Files
gives you the capability to upload photos and videos directly from the Twitter website. The file sharing capability comes courtesy of YFrog.
Other features include auto-refresh and integrated URL shortening. That said, as far as URL shortening is concerned, PBTweet seems like the better options because there is no authentication, and Bit.ly is not included on the list of shorteners available.
Would you ditch your favourite client for the Twitter website? Let us know in the comments.