I Love Quicksilver’s Tweet
Why would I need this?
Sometimes I’m reading a blog post or interesting article I want to share, but I don’t want to open my Twitter client, or navigate to the Twitter website to post. With a quick Quicksilver command, I can send out a quick tweet with minimal impact to my workflow.
How do I …
Activate Quicksilver. (If your Quicksilver looks different, note that I’m using Quicksilver’s Menu interface, which you can install by finding the plugin at
Preferences > Plugins. You can change interfaces by navigating to
Preferences > Appearance. The Menu interface does not support pressing comma to select multiple items to act upon (the comma trick). Also, the Menu Interface replaces your menubar temporarily. I’ve cropped the screenshots below; what you see on your computer when using the Menu Interface will be different than the screenshots in this post.)
The first pane is active and it’s here that we going to press
. (period) to enter text mode so I can type my tweet.
When I’m done, I’ll press tab to move to the second pane, and start typing
Tweet. When the
Tweet action appears, I’ll press enter and wait a few seconds for Quicksilver to notify me whether or not it was successful in posting my tweet.
If Quicksilver was able to post your tweet, you’ll see a notification similar to the first screenshot. The other two screenshots are what you might see if your tweet wasn’t posted. If you exceeded Twitter’s 140-character limit, Quicksilver will tell you how many characters are in your tweet.
Note, too, that your notifications might look different. You are able (with the
Notification Hub Plugin and by tweaking the settings in
Preferences > Notification Hub) to choose different notification mediators. (I’ve set mine to Growl.)
Why doesn’t it work on my machine?
Note that in order to use these actions, you need to install the following plugins and you may need to change your Quicksilver preference settings:
- Twitter Plugin
You may need to authenticate Twitter. (See screenshot below.)