I've been a loyal HootSuite fan since the first time I laid hands on it. I rarely went to the Twitter website unless I wanted to do some maintenance or create a new Twitter List. But after the redesign I find I'm spending more time there, thanks in part to a handful of Chrome extensions for New Twitter that every power user should take a look at.
Chrome Extensions for New Twitter
ParrotFish I talked about the Embedly WordPress plugin before. Now there's a Chrome extension from Embedly called ParrotFish, but don't let the exotic name fool you. ParrotFish translates URLS from your stream into previews, reminiscent of Brizzly, allowing you to see images, article snippets, listen to music and even watch video right on new Twitter interface. Embedly supports HTML5 and they currently have over 180 service providers you can access, and the list is growing every week.
Hoverme is another extension every power Twitter user should get their hands on. With Hoverme you can:
Discover where your friends hang out on the social web. Hoverme gives you instant access to the social web profile of each of your friends. The profile contains links to their profiles on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, Delicious and many more.
Look at my daughter's social profile on New Twitter with Hoverme. You'll see links to each of her social networks and her websites.
If you want to update your own profile so that others can easily find your favorite spots, logon to Qwerly and update your profile. In addition to social networks, you can add links to your blog feed or even your profile on sites like Ezine Articles. While you're there, grab a profile widget from Qwerly that you can add to your blog's sidebar. You can view my Qwerly profile over on my Blogger Blog. Or check me out on Twitter after you install Hoverme.
Here's one of my favorite Chrome Extensions for New Twitter
Retweet Old School is one of my favorite Chrome extensions for new Twitter that does exactly what the name says! Yay! Now that you're spending so much time on new Twitter you don't need to leave the page to send a Retweet in the classic format with RT @username in the beginning. With Retweet Old School, you can even alter the text of the tweet.
OneTrueFan You might have noticed me declaring that I'm One True Fan of different websites from my Facebook or Twitter timeline. One True Fan is partly an internet game, but more seriously it's an awesome discovery tool for finding great content and interesting users on Twitter. Install One True Fan and you'll see the toolbar at the bottom of your screen.
Here's a short list of the benefits you can access from the toolbar:
- Share the page on Twitter
- Share the page on Facebook
- See who else has checked-in on a webpage
- View the latest links shared by other users
- View the user's OneTrueFan profile
- Earn Points on towards badges on OneTrueFan
- View Facebook profiles
- View Twitter profiles
When you visit the Twitter profile of another OneTrueFan user, you can combine the information found on the toolbar, with all the other tidbits you've learned from these other Chrome extensions for New Twitter and I bet, you'll be spending less time on HootSuite too :).