Life is busy for the social media marketer. Trust me, I get it. So when there’s an opportunity to save time on any task, even if it’s just a few minutes or seconds, I jump at it.
That’s why I love these three Chrome extensions for Twitter. They make my life just a little easier – which is a big deal for me – and they can help you too.
But time is short, so let’s get to it!
Twitcher – Twitter Account Switcher
Twitcher is a super handy extension for those of you managing multiple Twitter accounts. It allows you to toggle between accounts you’ve added to the extension right in Twitter.
This is what my Twitter drop down menu looked before installing this plugin:
And this is how it appears with the extension installed:
Of course, when you first enable the extension you’ll only see the option to “+ account” – click that and enter the handle and password of the account you want to add.
Now you can toggle between accounts without having to log out and back in. Sweet, right?!
I know what some of you may be thinking, “I use Tweetdeck (or Hootsuite) for and have no use for this.” Well, maybe.
My love affair with Tweetdeck for managing multiple accounts is well-documented – check out the post I wrote about Tweetdeck Twitter management here – but there are still some useful reasons to install this extension.
For one, Tweetdeck doesn’t (yet) give you access to the GIF library available in Twitter. For someone fluent in GIF (see my Twitter bio – it’s legit), I sometimes want to search for the perfect Twitter GIF to respond with and the easiest way is through the actual site.
Also, there may be other services you’ve signed up for and log in using Twitter. In those cases, you can just toggle and log into the Twitter account you used to set up the account and log in with one click.
Just be very, very careful once this is installed. It’s easy to forget which account you’re logged into so make sure you’re on the right one when you Tweet to avoid an embarrassing mistake!
Save to Pocket
Pocket is a free service that lets you save web pages (put them in your pocket) for review later. They get laid out in a nice grid form and it’s a really handy tool.
The cool thing is you can also save tweets with the Chrome extension. Once you’ve enabled Save to Pocket, you’ll see a new icon in tweets, like so:
That looks like an awesome blog post and I want to read it, just not right now. Clicking that icon will save the link to my Pocket so I can review later.
But let’s get fancier. By “Pocketing” the tweet instead of just the link, I can go back and thank Martin for sharing such a gem. It’s always nice to show love on Twitter!
To save the tweet, simply click on the date to open the tweet with its own URL:
You’ll see the tweet in a pop up with a unique URL:
Click the Pocket icon in your Extensions toolbar and you’ve saved the actual tweet!
Now you can go back and respond to the tweet after you’ve read the post.
In this instance, Martin even asked us what we think. It’s a perfect opening to start a conversation on Twitter – something not enough people do these days.
Below is the difference in how a tweet vs. a link will display in Pocket:
Once you’ve enabled the Buffer extension, get ready for a heaping serving of awesomesauce.
Let’s start inside the Twitter site. Similar to Save to Pocket, the Buffer extension adds an icon to tweets so you can schedule retweets.
Let’s say you’re Twitter stalking one of your favorite Tweeps and you see like four of five retweet worthy posts. You don’t want to blast them all off one after the other, so what to do? Buffer to the rescue.
Just click that icon and you can schedule the retweet for whenever you like.
But the coolest parts of the Buffer Chrome extension happen off Twitter.
Imagine you’re doing your morning reading and come across a blog post you want to share. Sure there are lots of ways, including using the social sharing plugin the blog almost certainly has, but with Buffer, you have more control how you share it.
For instance, from anywhere on the page you can right click and then click “Buffer this page.”
That will opens a pop up for you to edit the text of the tweet, choose an image from the post, and share it now or schedule it for later.
But sometimes an image in the post isn’t one of the options. Not to worry! You can right click any image and click “Buffer this image” to Tweet that image and whatever text you like.
Finally, for one final time-saver, you can highlight any text in the post and then right click and Buffer the page and that text will pre-populate into the tweet. Love you, Buffer!
FYI, the example above is from Rebekah Radice’s blog and that post, “How to Start a Successful Blog in 7 Easy Steps,” is a scorcher. I highly recommend checking it out.
So what do you think? Headed to the Chrome store to pick up these free extensions speed up your Twitter marketing?
If so I’d love to hear about it in the comments, as well as other cool Chrome extensions you’re already using for Twitter!