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Better Twitter: 9 Chrome Extensions You Need to Install Right Now

Mihir Patkar 07-09-2016

Twitter is one of the biggest social networks in the world. Google Chrome is the most popular desktop web browser. It’s only natural that in our list of the best Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More , you find plenty of Twitter tools.


That’s not an exhaustive list though. There are several other extensions that make your Twitter experience better than ever. Chances are, you have never even heard about them. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Chirp: Share a Text Snippet of Whatever You’re Reading

When you are reading an article, you will often come across a paragraph or a few lines that amaze you. To share those with the world, Chirp is the ideal tool.

Chrome Twitter Extension Chirp

Just select the text, right-click it, and choose the Chirp extension. Chirp will automatically turn the snippet into a screenshot How to Streamline the Way You Share Screenshots on Twitter Including an image with your tweet makes it more likely to be retweeted. So why not make that process as easy as possible? Luckily there are a few services that strive to do just that. Read More , as a simple trick to bypass Twitter’s 140-character limit. The snippet is attached to your Twitter compose box, along with the article’s link.

You’re free to add your own comments now, or tweet it as is. It’s the fastest and easiest way to share interesting reads, and why they are interesting.


Download: Chirp for Twitter

Twitcher: Use Multiple Accounts or Profiles

Twitter’s mobile app lets you sign in with multiple profiles and switch between them quickly. For some reason, Twitter for Web doesn’t. Twitcher is here to fix such Twitter restrictions and annoyances 5 Clever Free Tools to Beat Twitter's Restrictions & Annoyances Twitter's restrictions are frustrating. Let's fix all these Twitter annoyances once and for all. Read More .

Chrome Twitter Extension Twitcher

Install it, refresh Twitter, and click your profile picture in the top-right “user” menu. You’ll see a new option for “Add Account”. Click that to sign in with your second Twitter profile.


Once you’re done, that same menu will have your other account, letting you quickly switch between the two. You can add more than two accounts too, so go nuts.

Download: Twitcher

EmojiPanel: Easily Add Emojis in Tweets

Twitter has made it easy to add GIFs, the internet’s favorite language GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of GIFs, how they've evolved, and their cultural impact and significance. Read More , by making a quick-insert panel for it in the Compose box. For some reason, there is no such quick-insert for emojis. Consider emojis are part of online lexicon, that’s a big miss.

Chrome Twitter Extension EmojiPanel


EmojiPanel fixes Twitter’s oversight by adding a quick-insert emoji panel into the Compose box. Click it to see the most common emoji options, or start typing in the Search box to find the right emoji. This is one of the times that you might need our emoji to English dictionary What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More .

EmojiPanel has most of the commonly used emojis, so others don’t need to have it installed to see the emoji. Remember, Twitter supports emojis in all its apps, as well as most browsers.

Download: EmojiPanel for Twitter

InstaTwit: Expand Instagrams in Twitter Timeline [No Longer Available]

Once upon a time, people would tweet their latest Instagram snaps, which Twitter would happily expand. You didn’t need to open the Instagram app for that. But then Facebook bought Instagram for a billion dollars $1 Billion In 2 Years: The Story Of Instagram, As Told By Its Founders "What are some good places to get professional business cards printed?" When Kevin Systrom put this innocuous question on Quora 3.5 years ago, little did he know how valuable those business cards would become. Read More , and Twitter stopped supporting it.


Chrome Twitter Extension InstaTwit

InstaTwit brings back the good old days. Install the extension and Instagram links will auto-expand in your timeline, much like YouTube videos or GIF images already do.

Why should you, the end user, have to suffer because of two warring corporates? InstaTwit is simple, it’s easy, and it’s just how things should be.

Twean: Collapse Auto-Expanded Images and Videos

Twean is the opposite of InstaTwit. If you want Twitter to load faster, and without the distractions of images or videos, this is what you need.

Chrome Twitter Extension Twean

In a few clicks, Twean will stop Twitter from auto-loading images, vines, videos, or other media. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean the media is gone forever. You just need to manually click on it to load it.

Twean is a great way to make Twitter distraction-free, especially since this stops promoted tweets and other nonsense from clogging up your timeline.

Download: Twean

QualiTweet: Filter Out Unwanted Tweets, Highlight What You Want to See

The Twitter timeline is a constant stream of information, updating at a rapid pace. There’s a chance you might miss a good tweet. There’s also a chance you don’t need to see a lot of the tweets appearing there.

Chrome Twitter Extension QualiTweet

QualiTweet is a fantastic filter for your timeline 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 . You can tell it to monitor any hashtag, username, or keyword in tweets. Then, tell QualiTweet what to do with matching tweets: hide them, reduce their size and add a transparency effect, or highlight them by increasing font size and changing their background color.

It’s as simple as selecting elements of a tweet you see, and applying the filter you want. QualiTweet just gets it done.

Download: QualiTweet

Twitter Lists Redux: Quickly Access Your Lists in Sidebar

Twitter Lists cut through timeline clutter Drowning In Tweets? How To Use Twitter Lists To Unclutter Your Feed By default, Twitter shows tweets from everyone you're following in one huge stream. Things tend to drown. Learn how to use Twitter lists to tame your Twitter feed. Read More , letting you quickly sort out the users that matter to you. It’s a neat way to arrange information based on what you might want. But Twitter hides Lists so deep within its interface that it isn’t convenient. Unless you use Twitter Lists Redux, that is.

Chrome Twitter Extension Twitter Lists Redux

This extension adds a “Lists” box in the main Twitter left sidebar, so you can quickly switch between different lists with a click. It’s incredibly helpful and will change how you use Twitter.

It also brings a shortcut to add users to a list. If you think @MakeUseOf belongs in your “Tech” lists, take your mouse cursor to the MakeUseOf handle to see its hovercard. The hovercard will show all your lists as well. Just tick the box you want to add MakeUseOf to, and you’re good to go.

Download: Twitter Lists Redux

Refined Twitter: Mobile Twitter With Web Browser Benefits

The new mobile version of Twitter is awesome. It looks great and it’s much faster than the web version. If you’d like your Chrome to always open all Twitter links in the mobile version, get Refined Twitter.

Chrome Twitter Extension Refined Twitter

Apart from changing the look of Twitter completely 8 Cool Extensions for Changing the Layout of Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest You have many options to change your social media layouts, as developers have released extensions that will let you switch up the boring old layout that you're used to and try something new. Read More , Refined Twitter has also been made keyboard friendly. The developer has added keyboard shortcuts to perform actions faster. Here’s what you can do:

  • New tweet/DM — n
  • Send tweet/DM — Cmd + Enter or Ctrl + Enter
  • Toggle dark mode — d
  • Go to Home — g h
  • Go to Notifications — g n
  • Go to Messages — g m
  • Go to Search — /
  • Go to Profile — g p
  • Go to Likes — g l
  • Go to Lists — g i
  • Go to next tweet — j
  • Go to previous tweet — k
  • Page down — Ctrl d
  • Page up — Ctrl u
  • Scroll to top — g g
  • Scroll to bottom — G

Once you get used to these, Refined Tweet will be the fastest way to use good old Twitter in your browser.

Download: Refined Tweet

Better TweetDeck 3: Improve the Best Twitter Client

If you’re using Twitter on your desktop, do yourself a favor and switch to TweetDeck, the best Twitter client Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client If you use Twitter in any capacity, there’s a 75% chance you’re using a client. After all, Twitter’s web interface is not the most convenient, and if you’re keeping track of more than one account,... Read More . Twitter itself owns it, you know. But that also means TweetDeck often gets neglected compared to the main site, and new features are added slowly.

Chrome Twitter Extension Better TweetDeck 3

Don’t worry, Better TweetDeck 3 has all the awesome features you’re looking for. Emoji support and emoji picker? Check. Hide links like and just auto-expand them? Check. Thumbnail previews of links from Instagram, Imgur, Giphy, TED, Vimeo, and others? Check. Show verified badge on profile pictures? Check.

Honestly, any serious Twitter user needs to be using Tweetdeck with the Better Tweetdeck 3 extension. It’s the most powerful Twitter experience.

Download: Better TweetDeck 3

Do You Use Twitter or TweetDeck?

Tweetdeck still misses a few things, like polls, but it has so many features that the main Twitter site doesn’t have. So we’re curious to know, when you are browsing with Chrome, do you use Twitter or TweetDeck?

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  1. Miguel de la O
    September 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I don't use Twitter on my laptop b/c I have not found a way to keep the stream sync'd between my laptop, tablet and cellphone. I use Falcon on my tablet and cell b/c it supports tweetmarker which keeps my stream sync'd, but have not found a client in Windows that does the same. Anyone know why Twitter doesn't natively support synchronization?