Tweetie for Mac : Tips & Tricks Guide
Tweetie, the just released Desktop version of the the popular iPhone client is fast winning over people, converting people from Tweetdeck and twitterific. Though the Tweetie interface looks minimalist, it is not lacking in features. The features are well covered in the tweetie homepage but some of the features are quite hidden, probably to keep the user interface clean and beautiful. Tweetie is definitely the most beautiful mac twitter client right now. It reminds me very much of Adium and iChat.
Tips & Tricks
- Double clicking on a profile picture will open the user's profile.
- Double clicking on a tweet will open that tweet in a conversation view
- In profile view single clicking on a profile picture will open that picture in a separate window.
- In search view clicking on the search icon(the lens) will show you the latest trends
- In search view, Window->Open in New Window will peel off that search view in to a separate window.
- The new tweet button is the tiny button on the lower left hand corner :).
- You can open as many "New tweet/Direct Message" windows as you like.
- There is a breadcrumb menu on top of the pane, which you can use to navigate.
- You can add a picture to a new tweet by drag and drop
- Sometimes tweets are not marked as read. Scrolling the tweets screen fixes this
If you are not a fan of tweetie's default dock icon (I don't like it), you can now replace them with some elegant icons like this.
The default bookmarklet that comes with tweetie only picks up a page's URL. Using this Post With Tweetie bookmarklet will give you the option of picking the selected text to post to tweetie along with the URL. If there is no selection it will pick the page's title and URL. Thanks joe for the getselection code
Most of the features of Tweetie can be accessed through keyboard shortcuts.
- N (Command+N) Open a New Tweet Window
- Enter Post a tweet in New Tweet window
- N (Shift+Command+N) Open a Direct Message Window. You can choose the user from a drop down
- U Open up the user's profile page in tweetie. You can give any twitter username here.
- U (Option+Command+U) Go to Your Profile Page
- 1 See your timeline
- 2 Replies/Mentions
- 3 Direct messages
- 4 Search
- R Reply to a Tweet
- R Repost a Tweet. This doesn't add a RT in front but adds a via @username. You can change the settings to make it add an RT (thanks @Matthew)
- D Direct Message to the user whose tweet is selected.
- F Mark as favourite the tweet selected
- S In a tweet window shorten the selected URL.
- K - Mark All as Read
- F - Mark as Favourite
- R - Refresh
There are also keyboard shortcuts for dealing with multiple accounts.
The preference pane is pretty lean right now. Here you can set your URL shortening service (default is bit.ly), Image Service (default yFrog), Global Hot Keys for showing/hiding tweetie and composing a new tweet, previewing short URLs in tweets and add multiple accounts
- You can't un-favourite a favourite item
- You can't delete a tweet
- There is a dock icon present which is unwanted
- The global hot key for New tweet also launches the full tweetie
- The "New tweet" button is almost invisible
- Would have preferred new tweet window integrated with the main window
- Search results do not auto refresh
- For a direct message you can select a user, but for @reply there is no autocomplete or selection.
You can vote for features for tweetie at their getsatisfaction page