I love Twitter, I really do. For me, finding Twitter was like finally finding friends who believed like I believed about most things political. Joy.
But, sharing a computer – and my beloved is extremely generous with me – still, my comp time is more limited now, so that means less time to do the things I like to do, which is read a bunch of blogs, and tweet.
So I’ve been trying to figure out a way to streamline my time a little bit and I think I found one. Did you know that Google Reader has this “Send To” tab under Settings? Do you know what this means? Right from my Reader, with only 2 little clicks, I can send something I’m reading on my Reader right to the Twitoshpere. How awesome is that? No opening a separate tab and linking from there. Easier than Shareaholic, I think, but that’s also an awesome little program, too.
Following folks on Twitter when you have limited time is kind of hard, especially when you follow a lot of people. See, when I sign on, TwitterFox will show me a list of like 200 tweets. How in the world can I catch up on 200 tweets? Well, I can’t. And unless someone has @ replied me directly or sent me a DM, I’m not likely to see their tweets, unless they tweet while I happen to be online. I sort of think of Twitter as a party, where I can come and go. I only get what’s going on while I’m there, but whatever happened while I was away, I missed it. So I was trying to figure out a way to see the tweets of that handful of people who are personal friends, and guess what? I figured it out! Did you know that Twitter puts an RSS feed on your tweets? That’s right, you can subscribe to anyone’s tweets (from their Twitter page) and get them right on your Reader – as long as their tweets aren’t locked. Locking blocks the feed. There are a couple of you who do that, but the rest of you, I got you on Twitter AND my Reader too – how cool is that? Now I won’t miss the tweets of my favorite people.
I’ve also been using a FireFox add-on called Integrated GMail. The neat thing about this little program is that it puts GMail and your Reader all on a single page, along with other Google applications if you want, so you don’t have to hop back and forth from tab to tab, or window to window. I absolutely love it. Darc didn’t care for it, he said it was too slow for him. Me, I don’t mind waiting an extra 30 seconds or so for everything to finish loading. It’s worth the later convenience to me.
Another add-on I’ve been utilizing is called GTDInbox. That little powerhouse really streamlines your GMail and helps you manage and organize it, which translates to better managed and organized time. I cleared out maybe 75% of the stuff in my inbox. Now that’s woo worthy! And Google Labs, under GMail Settings, lets me put Google Docs right on my sidebar. Everything all in one place.
Better GReader also adds some cool features to Reader, namely allowing previews of the entire posts so you don’t have to open them in a separate tab either.
I’m so techno-streamlined now. And the best part is that I’ve also found a little add-on called Siphon that syncs all your FireFox add-ons across multiple computers, so when I get my own computer back up and running, I won’t lose any of my add-ons. And because Google is online and not local to any computer, I won’t lose the changes I’ve made there either. I’m so good to go! How’s that for thinking positive and planning ahead?