What if there was a way to check your tweets from a pop-out window within your browser? What if it showed you a constantly updated counter of how many unread tweets you have? What if it gave you a way to insert the site you are looking at into your tweets and all without having to leave your browser.
I bet that would help you out immensely! And you know what? We found a plug-in that lets you use Twitter in Firefox. Let’s check it out and see if it’s right for you.
The tool I’m featuring to use Twitter in Firefox is the Echofon plugin. Jackson mentioned it in his article Going Twitter Crazy With Echofon For Mac, Firefox and iPhone + Echofon Pro Giveaway! Start off by browsing on over to Echofon’s website.
Once you’re at their homepage, click on the button that says Install Now. But note that you need to be running Firefox 3.0 or higher. If you are not running the latest and greatest Firefox version, take this time to update it. Once you install the plugin, you will need to let it restart your browser. Then you will have a new icon in your Firefox taskbar.
The icon is grayed out until you configure the settings. Right-click on the icon and choose Preferences.
You will need to click the button that says Add account.
Fill in your username and password and then click OK. You will see the icon light up if your credentials are correct. An unread tweet count will appear as you can see in the image below. I have 29 unread tweets – not bad!
Now if you click on the icon, you will get a pop-up window where you can read your Twitter timeline in the Friends tab. This is exactly the same as you would see on the Twitter homepage. There are two other tabs titled Mentions and Messages.
Clicking on the Mentions tab shows all tweets that mention you:
And the Messages tab shows direct messages to you and only you:
And last but certainly not least, you will see a little strange “chain” icon next to the friends button on the Echofon pop-out window. Take a closer look in the screenshot below:
See the icon indicated by the arrow?. This magic button insets a link to the current page in your Firefox browser’s window. That is, the current tab. This is awesome and the only way it could be improved is to automatically use a URL shortening service like bit.ly or one of the others we covered here. But I digress”¦ I am running this plug-in and it has made my life a lot easier – for sure!
What Twitter client do you use? Do you know any better Firefox Twitter plugin?