Enhance the richness of your followers experience of Twitter by going multimedia with your tweets. In this guest post Michael Martine from Remarkablogger (@remarkablogger) shares three tools for sharing Images, Video and Music on Twitter.
The array of Twitter tools is growing rapidly, but I only want to focus on 3 of them that really enhance my use of Twitter and offer something to give my followers beyond the basic 140 characters: Pictures, video, and a super-easy way to share links (especially music).
TwitPic lets you upload pictures and automatically tweet links to them on Twitter. Think of it as “Flickr for Twitter”. Be prepared to spend an hour or two on the home page, because TwitPic uses a Google Maps mashup to show you where TwitPics are coming from around the world in real time–it’s very mesmerizing!
TwitPic also integrates with many popular Twitter desktop clients, such as TweetDeck. Pictures can be rotated, tagged, commented on, shared through social media, and embedded on your own website.
12seconds is a brilliantly simple idea: you record a video that is exactly 12 seconds long. It’s the video equivalent of Twitter’s 140-character limit. 12second videos can be embedded and they integrate with TweetDeck. Videos can be recorded using a separate webcam or your laptop’s built-in webcam. Videos can also be uploaded (but they cut off at 12 seconds… imagine that). You may be tempted to ask the same question people often ask about Twitter: what can you do in only 12 seconds (instead of 140 characters)? It turns out the answer is: quite a bit. For great examples, check out Julia Roy and Blog Squad. Here’s me:
TwittyTunes sounds like it should be for sharing music, and it is. But it’s much more! TwittyTunes is a Firefox add-on that sits at the bottom of your browser window. It lets you post a link to whatever page you’re on. It is so fast and easy to use, I don’t think I could live without it. TwittyTunes goes with FoxyTunes, which is also an add-on for Firefox for controlling music playback in your browser. The idea is that you tweet the music you’re listening to, but like I said, it does much more. Look at all the ways you can preface your link:
I use TwittyTunes for any kind of link I want to share with my followers (remember that sharing interesting links is one of the best things to tweet about). Even if you don’t like any of the choices for prefacing your tweeted link, you can use the Free Text or Free Text + URL options.
Of Course, There is More…
I’ve kept this list deliberately short, because I want to hear from you in the comments what your favorite sharing tools are for Twitter. Maybe we’ll give Darren some ideas for what tools to do community reviews about.