Top 6 Twitter Tricks and Features You Probably Didn’t Know About

Twitter Tips and Tricks

1. Beat the 280-character limit with a text screenshot

Sometimes there’s just more to say than you can manage in 280 characters. Luckily, you can use the text application on your mobile device or any word processing program on your desktop to write a longer message, then share an image of that message in your Tweet. This isn’t a strategy you should overuse, but it can come in handy when there’s something you just have to get off your chest.

How to do it:

  • Open your favorite text or word processing app
  •  Write your message
  • Take a screencap
  • Start a new Tweet, then tap the camera button
  • Add the screencap to your Tweet as an image, then add some text to introduce what the image has to say


 2. Use Twitter Analytics to find the right time to reach more followers

The half-life of a Tweet is just 24 minutes, and a Tweet reaches 75 percent of its potential engagement in less than three hours. That means you need to Tweet at the right time to reach the most potential followers and maximize engagement.

Research generally shows the best posting times are 12 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. Start at these times with your own strategic efforts, then use engagement data from Twitter Analytics to fine-tune your timing based on engagement. Once you know the best times to Tweet for optimal engagement, you can use Hootsuite to schedule your posts.

How to schedule a Tweet in Hootsuite

  • In the compose message box, click the Scheduling calendar icon
  • Select the date and time to publish the message (12:00am is midnight, and 12:00pm is noon)
  • Optional: Check the box to receive an email when the message is sent
  • Select your Twitter profile from the profile options to the left of the compose box
    • Click Schedule.

 3. Let Siri (or other personal mobile assistants) Tweet for you

If inspiration strikes while you’re walking, driving, or in any other situation where handling your phone isn’t an option, your device’s mobile assistant can Tweet for you, hands-free.

How to do it on iOS:

  • Activate Siri (say “Hey Siri” or hold down the home button)
  • Say “Send a Tweet”
  • Speak the text of your Tweet
  • Confirm to send

 How to do it on Android:

  • Activate Google Now (say “OK Google”)
  • Say “Post to Twitter”
  • Speak the text of your Tweet

 4. Use Twitter keyboard shortcuts

Did you know that there are keyboard shortcuts hiding right under your fingertips when you use Twitter on your desktop? You can keystroke your way to new messages, expanded photos, and more, all without touching your mouse.


Image Via Twitter

How to do it:

  • With your cursor in the background of any Twitter profile, press shift + ? to bring up the list of keyboard shortcuts (or take a look at the list above)
  • Use the keystroke combinations to navigate more quickly through your Twitter tasks

 5. Send a promoted Tweet to a target audience (and exclude existing followers)

You probably already know that choosing the right target audience is an important part of maximizing your Twitter ad budget, but you may not have considered the option to hide a promoted Tweet from your followers. Excluding your followers allows you to create an ad that speaks to a new audience using statements that might seem way too obvious—or even annoying—to your existing fans, or to create an offer that’s most appropriate for people who have never interacted with your brand before.

How to do it:

  • Go to the Twitter ads dashboard and select your objective (followers, engagement, video views, clicks, app installs, or lead generation)
  • Click Create Campaign


  • In the “Select your audience” section, under “Select additional audience features,” click Add followers
  • Uncheck the box that says “Also target your followers”

 6. Add emoji from your desktop

When you’re working with 280 characters, emoji can save valuable space. They’re easy to use on a mobile device, but can be a pain to access on a desktop. Fortunately, if you use a Mac, there’s a keyboard shortcut to bring up the emoji character set.


Image Via Twitter

How to do it:

  • Place your cursor in any text field
  • Press the control, command, and spacebar keys



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