Twools of the twade

If I’m going to get all tweety, I might as well have some implements of construction.

The first thing I installed was WordTwit, which is a WordPress plugin that automagically (as distinguished from Automattically) tweets when a new post comes out here. It comes with its own URL shortener, which helps, given the space limitations.

Second was TweetDeck, which lost points for being an Adobe application, but which met my basic requirement: run in the background and scoop up all the appropriate material, accept anything I might want to send, and not bother me otherwise. Besides, I noticed Trent Reznor was using it, which almost cancels out the Adobitude.

And just to prove a point, to myself if nobody else, I laboriously punched out a text message and sent it up. My cell phone seems to have a dubious function called “Dispredictive Text Entry,” in which you try to guess what word it’s finally going to come up with when you quit thumbing the keys.



  1. McGehee »

    28 June 2009 · 12:05 pm

    Twitter seemed to want the right to tweet my cell phone in exchange for accepting tweets from it. I declined to accept that deal.

  2. CGHill »

    28 June 2009 · 12:19 pm

    I let them send back a test verification, and then turned off device updates. So far, no issues. I also toggled off the nudge-by-phone feature, since it will almost certainly never be used.

  3. Scooby214 »

    28 June 2009 · 4:14 pm

    If you are still using the Nokia 6133, its predictive text entry actually learns new words pretty well. It is one of the better phones I’ve used for texting (that doesn’t have a qwerty keypad). Just remember that if the phone puts the wrong word up after typing all of the keys, press the * key to toggle between word choices. If it can’t find the word you are looking for, it will prompt you with “Spell” and save your new word in its dictionary.

  4. CGHill »

    28 June 2009 · 4:56 pm

    I’ve fumbled with it before. I think my biggest problem is that I never remember quite how to backspace and/or delete, and with predictive turned off, I am horridly slow but decently accurate.

  5. Andrea Harris »

    28 June 2009 · 9:08 pm

    My cell phone tries but it gets the wrong word every time.

  6. CT »

    29 June 2009 · 3:44 pm

    Good move on WordTwit, use it meself.

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