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checking twitter mentions using firefox and nothing else

Although I don't use Twitter much (but maybe I'll get back in the game with it later), I do use it enough to where I care about to track if I have any @replies. However I can't stand Twitter clients. The last I used was Echofon in Firefox. Very good app, but it slowed my browser down on startup, plus it would periodically disconnect for no reason. I don't know if that's echofon's or Twitter's fault, nor do I care.

I found the best way to track @replies using Firefox and nothing else is to subscribe to a Twitter search RSS feed and place it in a toolbar for easy access.

How it's done:

1. Go to Twitter advanced search

2. Next to the People category, put your Twitter username in there both in To and Reference, like this:

people

3. Click the Search button. On the next page whether any results show up or not, hit the orange RSS icon in the address bar:

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4. Subscribe to the feed using Live Bookmarks:

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5. Place the feed in your Bookmarks Toolbar (you might want to change the name to something more friendly). If you have the bookmarks toolbar disabled, you'll need to re-enable it via View / Toolbars / Bookmarks Toolbar.

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6. Your @reply button is ready to use in the toolbar:

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I renamed mine just so it wouldn't take up so much room. For the ultimate in tidiness, you could rename it to the single character @, like this:

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You wanted tidy? That's tidy. 🙂

Whenever you click the bookmark, a menu will drop down showing any Twitter @reply sent to you specifically.

This is especially useful when (yes, when) your Twitter client screws up/times out/whatever because to the best of my knowledge the feed always works.

Clicking any @reply in the feed will take you directly there. If logged into Twitter via the site, the resulting page will have reply/retweet/favorite links:

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The favorite link by the way is the star.

As far as drawbacks with this method, I can only think of one. You're not notified of any new @replies when they occur, so you will have to manually check the feed. Other than that this is a very good client-less solution.

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